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Hughes is up for Allen clash

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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Lee Hughes is looking forward to locking horns with former boss Martin Allen when Forest Green take on Barnet in the Skrill Premier this afternoon.

Evergreen striker Hughes maintained his impressive scoring rate in Rovers colours with a thunderbolt at Woking on Tuesday night, although his seventh goal for the club was not enough to prevent them slipping to a damaging defeat.

The 37-year-old was at Notts County during the ten-month reign of 'Mad Dog' Allen, who is back at the Bees for a fourth spell as manager and plotting the downfall of a potential play-off rival this weekend.

Hughes said: "Martin and I got on really well at Notts County, so it will be nice to see him before and after the game. He's got a unique way of doing things – I think I could write a book about his unique way if I'm honest.

"But he gets teams out of trouble and gets teams promoted like Gillingham last year, so he's a good manager and a good man.

"Barnet battered us when they came to our place, so we owe them one."

Back-to-back losses on the road have left Ady Pennock's men well adrift of the top five places – and Hughes admits they may need to win all seven of their remaining fixtures in order to gatecrash the end-of-season party.

A dubious handball decision at Woking enabled Scott Rendell to cancel-out Hughes' goal from the penalty spot, but the former West Bromwich Albion man has no time for hard luck stories.

"I'm not sure it was a penalty and it definitely changed the game, but we still should have seen it out," Hughes said. "We didn't keep our shape all over the pitch for the second goal and we've got to be more solid than that away from home."

Jared Hodgkiss, Dale Bennett and Anthony Barry come back into contention.

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