Edgar Davids was not as effective for Barnet in their goalless draw with Wycombe as in his first appearance for the Bees, but boss Mark Robson insists his influence is already rubbing off on the rest of the squad.
While the former Dutch international struggled to impose himself on the game, his midfield partner Clovis Kamdjo impressed in a tight stalemate at Adams Park and Robson believes it is Davids' effect in training which has inspired the rest of the Bees squad.
He said: "I think Clovis had a superb game alongside Davids there. I think Davids has brought the best out of Clovis, but Clovis has done well all season for us in midfield and he's getting better and long may that continue.
"Davids has been a massive difference - he's an enthusiastic guy out on the training pitch, possibly the most enthusiastic I've ever worked with and that rubs off on all the other guys.
"For the other guys to see that, it really encourages them, and out on the field he's a good leader. He was at the centre of a lot of what we were doing so it's about finding a winning formula.
"It's a work in progress but you can see we're getting there. If we keep playing like last Friday and grinding out draws like this then we won't be in the relegation zone for long. I think we have to look at it as a point gained rather than a point dropped."
John Oster probably had the best chance of the match in the second half but Wycombe keeper Nikki Bull was up to the task and caretaker boss Gareth Ainsworth admitted he had been impressed by his side's improved defence.
He said: "We were solid defensively, I think we limited Barnet to only one shot and that was key out there because they knocked four past Northampton last week so we knew we had to be tight at the back.
"If we can match the defence in attack against Oxford we should be fine. It's our second clean sheet in three matches - if you're nil against you're bound to get at least a point so we need to make a habit of that.
"Our front four didn't fire as they have been which is a shame but there were big positives to take from the match for sure. I was disappointed with the first half because I think we were back to where we were in my first game against Dagenham - a bit panicky. I got into them a bit at the break and they responded magnificently."
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