David Bloomfield discusses the impact of Luke Gambin
The Oxford United supporters thought that their team had just shaded it. But of course, they would say that wouldn't they?
The Bees were literally seconds from achieving a 0-0 draw against one of the league’s most improving teams who seem intent on putting the gas to the floor and go for a play-off place.
Did the Bees deserve a point? Of course they did! Determined, well-organised defending is a part of the game and in Luke Gambin they had a player who created a number of very good chances which could have even swung the game in Barnet’s favour.
When Gambin makes progress down the left-flank he doesn't just get his crosses in, thinking his work is over, rather he picks out a player in the middle and that player then has a genuine chance to score.
In the first-half last night he found out Dani Lopez in the six-yard box and in the second he picked out Mark Byrne with a good pull-back whose goal-bound effort was blocked on the line.
Gambin himself had a chance late on, albeit from an acute angle, and it really looked as if he had scored – but it was only the goal net crumbling under the power of his shot.
The Bees lost this match by the narrowest of margins when Oxford won a dubious free-kick out by the corner flag. The delivery was good, the marking less so, with the home side taking full advantage of one of their few chances of the evening.
A mixed bag of results elsewhere means that the fixture at Accrington on Saturday has extra significance; if indeed that was possible.