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10:43 24th October 2012


Barnet Pick Up a Point on their Travels with Another Clean Sheet

Joint Head Coaches Edgar Davids and Mark Robson unsurprisingly chose the same starting eleven and also the seven substitutes that comfortably saw off the challenge of Northampton Town last Friday.

The game did not reach any great heights, but the Bees must be pleased with their second consecutive clean sheet and particularly in the first half Barnet were dominant for long periods and would have deserved to have been in the lead at the half-time whistle.

The Bees were less impressive in the second half, there was not as much good passing and movement, but the defence looked solid and unlikely to buckle.

Joel Grant did produce a couple of dangerous moves for the home side down the left, but he was largely ignored as the home side insisted that all their play should go down the right; where their caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth was located.

Wycombe have adopted a very direct style of late, but this was food and drink for David Stephens and Krystian Pearce who formed a formidable barrier in front of Graham Stack.

Andy Yiadom was looking very bright on the right wing, he has the confidence, speed and skill to take on defenders and looked the man most likely to create an opening.

Both sides in truth created very few clear cut chances although early in the second half a rasping shot from distance from John Oster required Nikki Bull to pull out the save of the night as the ball arrowed towards the top right corner.

In turn Graham Stack looked sound and secure all evening and got good distance when he was required to punch the ball away from danger.

Edgar Davids made himself available as only he can, and by so doing helped the man on the ball choose the right option. He again linked well with Clovis Kamdjo and Oster to keep the ball moving at speed and then hoping that the wide players or the full back would find the space to deliver telling centres.

Near the end of the match, from an Oster corner Jake Hyde got a header on target from close range that Bull pushed wide; indicative that the Bees were still intent on seeking their first away win of the season.

Not a classic by any means and at the whistle the Bees could reflect on the fact that they probably should have taken the lead in the first half, but it puts a point on the board and significantly it would be hard to argue that it was undeserved.

David Bloomfield


    For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country.