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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
13:56 15th February 2012

BEES COME HOME WITH A POINT

Barnet came away from Home Park adding a point to their tally after a 0-0 draw in a game in which both sides had good chances to carve out a victory for themselves.

Lawrie Sanchez was forced to make a change at right-back when Michael Hector tweaked a hamstring on the morning of the match. Sead Hajrovic was given his full Barnet debut in defence with Jordan Obita also being given his full debut, taking up a position on the left-side of midfield; Mark Byrne dropping to the bench.

Hajrovic put in a steady, confident display. He was assured on the ball and competed for possession with great determination.

Obita also impressed, with a thunderous free kick from some 35 yards crashing against the cross bar in the second half almost giving the Bees a lead.

Barnet were in charge for long periods of the first half, but couldn't quite make the breakthrough. A Clovis Kamdjo shot that struck a post was the closest the Bees came to scoring in the first half, although earlier Ricky Holmes had set up Izale McLeod, only for his effort to hit the side netting.

A rare Paul Downing error, when his misplaced back pass was intercepted by Nick Chadwick almost saw Argyle take a lead near the end of the half. This was a lucky escape as the Plymouth forward really should have converted this opportunity.

Plymouth started the second half very brightly and had the Barnet defence on full alert. Fortunately Downing and Darren Dennehy were repelling everything that was coming their way. This was Plymouth's best spell and Barnet did well to maintain their clean sheet, although Darren Purse had come close with a header from a corner.

Slowly Barnet regained their composure and became more of an attacking force, with Holmes having considerable success in running directly at the home defence.

Barnet forced a series of corners and although they troubled the Pilgrim's defence they couldn't force an opener.

In the closing moments a goal bound effort was blocked by Downing on the line, as both sides strenuously set about each other searching for the single goal that would surely mean three points.

Barnet looked sound defensively tonight and despite some concentrated pressure did not buckle and rarely looked rattled.

The Bees did not score tonight, but the efforts from Obita and Kamdjo went mighty close and it is a sign of Barnet's gradual improvement as the season has progressed that the Bees are somewhat disappointed not to have claimed all three points, but the draw should not be sniffed at and a point has been added to the total.

Barnet had 83 sterling supporters at Home Park.

Barnet are at home to Shrewsbury Town this Saturday.

David Bloomfield

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