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19:01 27th August 2011


Barnet succumbed to their first away league defeat of the season against Bradford City after taking a first-half lead through Izale McLeod, but they fell away in the second period as the home side ran out comfortable winners as a 4-1 scoreline in their favour would suggest.
Lawrie Sanchez was unable to select Sam Deering whose partner had gone into labour and did not travel to Bradford and Steve Kabba was left behind as a precautionary measure after a slight reaction to playing nearly an hour on Tuesday in the Carling Cup. Deering was replaced by Ricky Holmes
From the first both sides were eager to attack at every opportunity in a game which was open from the first whistle and looked likely to be full of goals.
Clovis Kamdjo had a chance from a corner but he headed wide when well positioned, but James Hanson and Mark Stewart were a lively combination upfront for the Bantams.
The Bees opened the scoring when Holmes did good work down the right and his incisive pass enabled Izale McLeod to slot home from close range in the 15th minute.
Lawrie Sanchez spoke after the match that being that goals are so precious they needed to be looked after like a young baby and nurtured.
His observation was prompted by the fact that within a minute of McLeod's strike the Bantams had drawn level when a good cross from Chris Mitchell from the right was headed home by Hanson. Naturally the home crowd was lifted; it would almost had been better had the Bees not scored!
Both sides continued to attack each other and it was a surprise that there was not to be any further scoring before half-time, the Bees giving as good as they got, with a Mark Byrne shot from distance almost re-establishing a Barnet lead, but Dean Brill too needed to be alert to prevent the Bantams forging a lead of their own.
The second half was a different story as a tired looking Barnet looked likely to concede more than they looked likely to score.
In the 49th minute Guy Branson headed a Mitchell free kick past Brill to put the home side 2-1 up and this was shortly followed by a Hanson tap in from another Mitchell delivery from the right just five minutes later.
Both goals are likely to be scrutinised since Barnet themselves fully played their part in allowing Bradford the opportunity to score two soft goals.
Mauro Vilhete and Exodus Geohaghon were called upon from the bench; Kamdjo being pushed up front as a striker, as Lawrie Sanchez re-assembled his troops to try and conjure up a comeback from being 3-1 down.
At this stage of the match Barnet began to enjoy some good possession but this could well be a consequence of the Bantams defending their considerable advantage.
Nahki Wells , a Bradford substitute, took an opportunity with some guile in the 90th minute and hit a post moments later which would have given the scoreline an uncomfortable 5-1 look to it.
There was just enough time for McLeod to pounce from close range to make the score 4-2; marginally more respectable.
The disappointment in the result is compounded by the fact that Barnet when 1-0 up were facing opponents that were there for the taking, but instead recorded their first victory of the season with120 Barnet fans were there to see itBarnet are at Colchester United in the JPT on Tuesday, Kick-Off 7.30.
David Bloomfield
STOP PRESS: Sam Deering's partner gave birth to a baby girl, Lexie. Congratulations.

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