Martin Allen had a couple of good night’s kip following Barnet’s win at Wycombe on Saturday.
The Bees’ boss revealed he’d spent seven days tossing and turning through the wee small hours in the wake of last week's home hammering by Exeter.
That though was all forgotten against the Chairboys, as second half goals from Mauro Vilhete and John Akinde, the latter's in stoppage-time propelled Allen’s men out of the bottom two.
“I think everyone was scarred by that defeat last weekend against Exeter City – me included,” he said.
“I haven’t slept all week. It’s been torture. We haven’t had a day off, We’ve worked every day and thank God the players have responded really well and been really positive.”
Allen made six changes in the wake of defeat to the Grecians and there were new tactical alterations too with two sitting midfield players employed to give extra protection to the back four.
Gavin Hoyte’s return from nine months out with cruciate ligament damage was the biggest plus, but other recruits to the cause impressed their boss too, meaning it may be a while before those dropped wear a first XI shirt again.
“It was a thoroughly deserved victory; a victory full of character, determination, organisation and discipline, he added.”
“I said some of the younger players would be involved and Alie (Sesay) got his chance today and did extremely well.
“We brought Gambo (Luke Gambin) back who has taken a bit of time to get back in and get settled again after the excitement of playing with Malta.
“Mauro (Vilhete) stepped up one today and, of course, the player who got the standing ovation in the dressing room after the game was Gavin Hoyte.
“I had to make some changes. Some people have been left out and will have to fight to get back in now.”