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Deering is feeling buzz of anticipation for Bees clash

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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SAM Deering is hoping for a recall to Cheltenham Town's starting line-up against former club Barnet.

The attacking midfielder made 60 League Two appearances for the Bees before Mark Yates brought him to the Abbey Business Stadium in the summer.

He has been on the bench for the last four matches, going on for late cameos at Gillingham and Rotherham United, but he is keen to show Barnet what they are missing tomorrow (3pm).

"I'd love to be a part of the game, not just because it's my old team but because I want to play games," Deering said.

"It is always special playing against a former club, though, and I want to impress and make them ask why I wasn't given another contract there."

Deering helped Barnet stave off relegation on the final day of the past two seasons and he said survival is seen as an achievement for the North London club.

They are once again bottom of the table, despite a recent improvement in results since the arrival of Dutch star Edgar Davids.

"It won't faze them being down there because they have done it for three years on the bounce and survived," he said.

"I don't think they like being down there, but the way it's run means they don't want to push into a higher league and they seem happy to sit there.

"I am still in touch with quite a few of the lads there who are good mates, but when the game starts that will be put to one side and it will be all about winning the points for Cheltenham."

Davids, 39, has played for some of the biggest clubs in world football and won 76 caps for the Netherlands.

But on Saturday he could be up against Deering and his Cheltenham team-mates at Whaddon Road, a far cry from his glittering career with the likes of Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus and Milan.

"He is an absolute legend and we know he will have ability," Deering said.

"You see some drastic things happening in football because Chesterfield brought on Luis Boa Morte and you think, 'What's going on?', but it shows how good this league is getting now.

"We won't change our game and it'll be all about playing how we set up. We won't approach it as if he's an absolutely unbelievable player because it's more about us doing what we do."

Deering made a positive impact at Rotherham last Saturday, sending over a cross which almost led to a goal for Shaun Harrad.

But he was guilty of giving the ball away for the Millers' fourth goal when a quickly-taken free-kick went straight to former Cheltenham striker Kayode Odejayi and Lee Frecklington made it 4-2 to Steve Evans' team.

Cheltenham then went down 4-1 at Chesterfield on Tuesday night, but Deering has called for calm as they bid to register their fifth straight home win in all competitions tomorrow.

"I don't think there's any need to panic because we are still third in the table," he said.

"We have not been switched on in last two games, but we'll get over it and go on another run."

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