The Fickle Finger of Fate
I am always eager to see any Barnet goal on The Football League Show and I looked forward to seeing Keanu Marsh-Brown’s winning goal against AFC Wimbledon earlier this week on the programme.
I was not surprised by the pace he had, but I was taken aback by the considerable deflection that the ball took off a defender that enabled the ball to sneak in at the near-post.
It didn’t in any way take the gloss off the victory but it did show how significant a slice of luck can be in determining in one single match who secures the points.
Graham Stack told me that it was only fair and proper that the Bees enjoyed this slice of good fortune and he cited a deflected effort from Stacey Long in the home game against the Wombles by way of evidence.
The old adage is that, of course, these things level out over the course of the season and perhaps this is something that we need to believe in.
The defence was certainly the busiest department of the team on Easter Monday and after the match Edgar Davids spoke of his wish that in subsequent games the forwards could repay in kind the efforts of their rearguard team mates.
The Bees enjoyed their first away win of the season at Chesterfield with a late Mark Byrne penalty securing the victory. The Spireites had enjoyed a good first half and created a number of good chances; but slowly the tide turned in the second period.
It was a significant victory in many ways; it built on the 4-0 demolition of Northampton Town the week before and would have been a confidence booster because it indicated that these Bees could perhaps go into any match in League 2 with the realistic ambition of taking three points.
The game was also in the middle of a spell of four consecutive clean sheets in the League which came to an abrupt end with a 4-1 reversal at Morecambe. After four games now without conceding we certainly do not want a case of history repeating itself tomorrow at Underhill.