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08:37 23rd February 2012


Despite taking a lead in the first half through Michael Hector the Bees eventually succumbed to an Oxford United side by two goals to one. Barnet had a penalty in the dying moments which would have produced a point; and surely put a different complexion of the proceeding at the Kassam Stadium.
Lawrie Sanchez made two changes to the starting line-up that faced Shrewsbury on Saturday. Hector was fit to return at right-back and Mark Byrne after an impressive substitute performance retained his place in the side with Jordan Obita moving to the bench.
The early exchanges were largely without shape as both sides struggled to get much cohesive play going.
Scott Rendell had a decent header for the home side and Byrne was again troubling defences with well-taken flag-kicks.
A well worked routine from a free-kick led to the Bees taking the lead in the 15th minute. With a delivery into the middle expected Byrne passed the ball square to Hector who hit the ball low and true into the corner of the net. Keeper Ryan Clarke was possibly unsighted due to the forest of legs in front of him.
The Bees then enjoyed some good possession and the home fans were not slow to show their disapproval at what was being set before them.
Barnet were defending manfully with players willing to put their bodies on the line to block goal bound attempts.
Slowly however as half-time approached the U's upped the tempo and after creating a handful of chances the home side mustered an equaliser. A tempting cross from the left was laser guided onto the head of Rendell who headed home from close range. He could not miss.
In the second half Oxford were the more offensive and Barnet caused consternation only on rare breakaways.
In the 56th minute following a free-kick the ball was not cleared, despite there being opportunities and James Constable lashed the ball home from close range. He could not miss.
A very good passing move led to Barnet's penalty late in the game. Izale McLeod sold a dummy and the ball came to Ricky Holmes who was clattered for a certain penalty.
McLeod's effort was saved by Clarke who has kept out more penalties than he has conceded this season.
The Bees then had a good spell as the game quickly came to a conclusion with the home side trying to kill time and nullify the play.
Barnet would have been a trifle fortunate to get a point tonight, but it was very, very close.
139 Barnet supporters were in the Kassam. The Bees are at Aldershot Town on Saturday.
David Bloomfield
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