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Match Pack: Barnet 1-0 Burton Albion

8 November 2020

The Bees made it into the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup after a hard fought 1-0 win over League One side Burton Albion. After taking an early lead through Wes Fonguck, the Bees had to hold on, especially after going down to ten men before half time. Despite this, the Bees held on for a historic win and a place in the next round.

HOW IT HAPPENED

There was a positive start to the game from the Bees, controlling the ball well and not letting their underdog status affect them in any way.

The Bees continued to control the play, building up patiently before they finally got their chance, which they took with full conviction. Some brilliant hold up play from JJ Hooper, allowed Fonguck to get a shot away, which he buried into the top left hand corner to give his side the lead after only ten minutes.

The League One outfit weren't offering much of a threat in the game until a free kick from Joe Powell was nearly put in at the far post by Sam Hughes and five minutes later Scott Loach had to pull off a strong save to deny Lucas Akins.

Chances started to come few and far between, as the half entered the final 15 minutes, though the Brewers were controlling the bulk of the play, with their main outlet coming from set-pieces.

With two minutes to go in the half though, it was the Bees who nearly doubled their lead. Hooper done well to race pass some Burton defenders and was inches away from finishing, only to be denied by Kieran O'Hara, who pushed the ball out for a corner.

A relatively positive half for the Bees, ended in an unfortunate manner, when Matt Preston was shown a straight red card for pulling down his man as he raced through towards goal.

Being down to ten men meant a slight change in formation, with Harry Taylor moving into fill in at centre back at the start of the second half.

The Brewers were going to do all they could to take advantage of the extra man and nearly equalised shortly after the restart, when Niall Ennis cut inside before firing a shot just wide of the mark.

The Bees were doing all they could to contain the added pressure, defending resolutely, despite the flurry of opportunities which the away side were having.

The task became even harder for the Bees, when Elliot Richards left the field, after picking up an injury, with about 25 minutes of the game to go.

With 15 minutes to go, the Bees remained stubborn in their efforts to deny Burton a goal, but were given a big let off when somehow Kane Hemmings struck the crossbar from a yard out.

Loach's goal was being peppered with chances, but he was doing superbly to push away Burton's attempts, including a powerful one from substitute Charles Vernam, which Loach managed to save with his chest.

Just before the game entered five minutes of additional time, Burton probably had one of their best chances to score, if it wasn't for another fingertip save from Loach.

Despite not having much of the ball in the second half, captain Harry Taylor broke away, but couldn't keep his shot down.

This didn't matter though, as the Bees managed to weather the storm and secure a place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

Barnet Team: Loach, Preston, McQueen, Richards (Pascal 63'), Petrasso (Hernandez 81'), Hooper (Pavey 90+2'), Taylor, Fonguck, Binnom-Williams, Mason-Clark, Nugent

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