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09:09 21st August 2011


Barnet fans came away from table topping Rotherham United feeling a fraction disappointed with only a point after twice taking deserved leads in a 2-2 draw at a Don Valley Stadium that by its very configuration lacks atmosphere.
Manager Lawrie Sanchez selected the same team that had taken the field against Gillingham in the previous match.
The Bees had long periods of dominance with Mark Marshall enjoying a purple patch of form down the left where he looked if he could take on the Millers' defence at will.
Defences were mostly on top in the first half, but it was not exactly a surprise when the Bees took the lead. From a Marshall corner from the right Clovis Kamdjo headed home in the 36th minute. Silence broke out all around the stadium; the exception being the brave 82 Barnet supporters cooped up in a corner of this athletics stadium.
The home side came out looking to draw level in the second half and did so in the 49th minute when Troy Brown was unmarked and lashed the ball home from close range.
Rotherham then went about establishing a lead of their own, but this was a period of the game when the Bees showed their mettle and refused to buckle.
Indeed the visitors soon restored their position of dominance with Mark Hughes going close with a header before Izale McLeod duly converted a penalty that he had won after a penetrating run into the penalty area from the left flank in the 63rd minute.
McLeod then had a chance to take the score to 3-1 when he created an opportunity himself with a mazy run but a defender got back on the line to clear his effort.
Even at the time it looked a crucial moment. At 3-1 it would have been game over, but it allowed the Millers a glimmer of hope to get back into the game.
Still by working hard all over the pitch Barnet looked set to win their third consecutive away win of the season! And it's still August!
Rotherham came close with an effort that hit the bar before Adam Le Fondre escaped the attentions of the Barnet defence to finish confidently past Dean Brill in the 83rd minute.
In the final analysis the Barnet player's dressing room was filled with disappointed players, an indication of how expectations are at a new level.
Barnet looked a confident and competent outfit and it was the visiting fans who applauded their team off the pitch the louder.
Barnet are at Burnley on Tuesday in the Carling Cup 2nd round.
David Bloomfield
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