04:00PM, Thursday 04 April 2019
Harold Odametey was named in the National League's team of the week for his display in Saturday's 1-0 win over Halifax Town, and the industrious midfielder felt the side was fully 'in sync' at the weekend.
Having suffered some heavy defeats earlier in the campaign, Odametey is keen for the Magpies to finish with a flourish, starting with a strong performance against Saturday's visitors Barnet.
The former Hampton & Richmond Borough man said the Magpies fully deserved all three points at The Shay last weekend, and had no doubt Ayo Obileye (named in the Non League Paper's team of the week) would stick away his second half penalty. He was also very complimentary about Magpies' new-boy Ricky Gabriel, who made his debut in central defence for the visitors.
"I felt like we deserved the win," he said.
"We all worked hard and it felt like the whole team was in sync on Saturday. I didn’t doubt Ayo (Obileye) for a second. He practices his penalties so much in training. Ricky (Gabriel) did a great job. He’s usually a left back but he’s strong, athletic, quick, a good footballer. He doesn’t get beat one-on-one."
Having hit the magic 50 point mark manager Alan Devonshire was targeting for survival, the Magpies will now be looking to get as close as they can to last season's 64 point haul.
"I believe we can finish well," he said.
"We’d love to finish strong. We’ve got the momentum, have had some good results and are feeling confident.
"Everyone is buzzing in the dressing room. It would be good because we’ve had some hard times this season. We had some heavy losses earlier in the season so it would be good to finish strong."
On Saturday's visitors Barnet, Odametey added: "They're on a good run but I think it will come down to who wants it more on the day. They're a good team but we have to back ourselves at home. Hopefully he (Dave Tarpey) doesn't score but it will be good to see him again."
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