08:00PM, Thursday 19 November 2020
Sam Barratt. Richard Parkes Photography Ltd.
Ryan Peters said there isn’t anything Sam Barratt can’t do, after the Magpies forward netted his eighth and ninth league goals of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Chesterfield.
United once again had to do things the hard way, after falling behind to Scott Boden’s first half strike.
But in Barratt they have a talismanic forward player capable of hauling them back into contention with a moment or two of magic.
His first goal on Saturday owed little to magic, but the ball in from the right did appear to have a mesmerising effect on the Chesterfield back four and keeper who watched as it bounced past them all and into the net. His second, a brilliant front post header from Josh Coley’s corner, was more in keeping with his high standard of play this season.
Barratt failed to find the net in Tuesday’s goalless draw at Aldershot, but his form this season has taken him top of the league’s scoring charts.
“There isn’t anything Sammy can’t do,” said Peters. “He’s also incredibly fast and fit for someone who’s been out for two years. We must be careful to manage his load, making him play 90 minutes week in and week out is probably not effective. We’ll choose the games where we’re going to give him a rest, but Sammy can do anything he wants.
“It’s easy to talk about Sammy because he’s scoring a lot of goals now, but the rest of the team are providing assists for him to get his head to or tuck away with his foot. There are a few attackers who are playing particularly well.”
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