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22:11 3th September 2011


Barnet had to be content with a solitary point in a match that never really got going as Accrington finished with nine men in a scoreless draw.
Lawrie Sanchez selected Steve Kabba to lead the attack with Ricky Holmes after the player was deemed fit to play following a bout of gastroenteritis had laid him low during the week. Darren Dennehy was chosen to play in central defence in his first game of the season following the release of Exodus Geohaghon.
As a sign of the Bees being down to the bare bones just four players were selected as substitutes.
The positives from the match were that Kabba and Dennehy played for the full 90 minutes and it must be hoped that both do not have an adverse reaction to their exertions. And there was a clean sheet.
For the first time this campaign Barnet did not get on the scoresheet and infact did not themselves create that many clear cut chances.
Post match Lawrie Sanchez suggested that the fact that six out of the eight matches to date had been played away had taken its toll and it was true that the Bees did not display the zest, zip and urgency which has been a feature in the majority of this season's matches.
Expectations of a victory rose just before halftime when Charlie Barnett was harshly sent off for a lunging tackle on Kabba, but Accrington only then set about holding on for a draw; not that they were wildly ambitious in their approach prior the red card.
Clearly buoyed by a pep-talk the Bees opened in the second half with some renewed energy, but this period soon faded; and as the half progressed disturbingly Stanley occasionally broke and so nearly snatched an undeserved victory. It would have been undeserved since neither side could genuinely conjure up a case they deserved all three points.
Clearly the players are responsible for the level of entertainment on offer but the referee did seem overzealous, one example being when he seemingly cautioned Mark Marshall for taking a quick free-kick rather than waiting for the referee's whistle and rarely playing "advantage" despite there being numerous examples of situations when this could have been applied.
A stuttering performance then and not one to live in the memories but thankfully there is no midweek match this week and the players can rest and recuperate for the challenge of Crewe at Cresty Road next Saturday.
David Bloomfield.
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