Barnard has made a significant contribution to the Cherries recent run of league results, but admits to being frustrated at not adding to his four-goal tally this season against Shrewsbury.
“The ball is just not going in the net for me at the minute, but the main thing is that the team are winning,” he told afcb.co.uk. “It is disappointing personally not to score, but I will keep working hard. Hopefully one will come soon and then I will go on to get lots of goals.”
“As long as my hold up play is good and I’m bringing others in to the game, then I’m happy, and also because we are winning.
“When Shrewsbury got the goal back, I knew my job was to hold the ball up to make sure they didn’t build up any head of steam. I felt I did that ok and I can take positives from my performance.”
Barnard hit the woodwork early on, but his frustration soon turned to joy as Josh McQuoid scored an early second goal in a sensational start to the Shrewsbury match.
“We had a great start, and that’s what we aim to do in every game. Getting the early goals settled us down and we should have gone on to put the game to bed early on.
“They got back in to it with the penalty, but we showed great resilience and professionalism to hold out for the win.
“Fair play to Shrewsbury because they came out and made it tough in the second half. We needed an early goal in that half because you could sense that there could have been more goals in it. That wasn’t to be, but the main thing was the three points.”
The next challenge for the Cherries is a tough visit up north to face Doncaster Rovers, who are currently in the play-off places. Barnard is optimistic of the side’s chances though and feels the side can travel to the Keepmoat Stadium with confidence.
“It’s going to be very tough one. It’s always hard going to Doncaster because they are a good team. They lost against Crewe in midweek and they are going to want to get out of their systems as soon as possible.
“All we can do is take one game at a time, keep doing what we are doing and hopefully get a good result up there.”