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Barnet 1-0 Town - Match Report
Wednesday, 13th Jul 2016 21:59

John Akinde’s 68th minute penalty saw Barnet to a 1-0 victory over Town in their second pre-season friendly at The Hive. Blues keeper Dean Gerken had fouled he Bees’ striker after he had seized on an under-hit Tommy Smith backpass.

Boss Mick McCarthy named different sides for each half as he did for the 2-1 win at Shelbourne on Saturday.

Amongst those absent were strikers Daryl Murphy, who only returned to pre-season training yesterday, and David McGoldrick, who has a hip flexor problem.

New signing Adam Webster and left-back Myles Kenlock should be back from their ankle injuries for the Cambridge game on Saturday 23rd July, while Giles Coke ought to be fit for the start of the season having undergone knee surgery at the end of the last campaign.

Town had most of the ball in the early stages but the on shot on goal came in the 10th minute from Barnet frontman Akinde, whose 25 yard strike deflected wide.

From the resultant corner the League Two side should have gone in front but Michael Nelson headed over.

The Bees began to get the upper hand and in the 16th minute left-back Elliott Johnson unleashed a powerful effort from distance which caught Adam McDonnell on the way through and hit the wrong-footed Bartosz Bialkowski’s left post. The loose ball fell to Ryan Watson, who blazed over when he should have scored.

There was another scare for the Blues on 20 when a Christophe Berra slip gifted the ball to Akinde not far outside the Town area.

The Scotland international felled the striker as he sought to make amends for his error and brought him down inches outside the area.

In a competitive game Berra would almost certainly have been shown a red card but as it was a friendly referee Mick Russell was in a more generous mood. Watson’s freekick hit the wall and deflected wide.

Town’s first chance of the game came in the 26th minute when Piotr Malarczyk headed Kevin Bru’s left-wing corner into the sidenetting.

Watson saw a shot deflect wide on 32 and from the flag-kick the home side again went close, Bialkowski getting down well to his left to save Nelson’s header.

The Blues were still to get going with a determined Bees side not having allowed them time on the ball.

Five minutes before the break, Teddy Bishop, again in his narrow right midfield role, won a freekick on the left which Bru sent into the box to Berra, but the centre-half was unable to get a clean contact on the ball, which bounced through to Bees keeper Graham Stack.

Bishop, who up to then had had a quieter half than at Shelbourne, made a strong run through the centre on 43 and fed McDonnell to his left but Stack was out quickly to block his shot.

Just before the whistle, Bishop won another freekick not far outside the area on the left but Bru’s shot hit the wall.

Town were fortunate to go in level at the break with Barnet having been on top and having had two very decent chances to go in front.

The Blues had started positively but the Bees then got on top before Town came back into it in the latter stages as Bishop’s influence grew.

Town’s second-half XI saw Andre Dozzell playing behind lone striker Brett Pitman with James Blanchfield, starting for the senior side for the first time, in a narrow right of midfield role.

On 49 Cole Skuse went down with what looked to be a groin problem but after treatment was OK to continue.

Town looked a better side after the break, passing the ball around confidently with Dozzell at the heart of most of the good work. However, they were unable to create a clear-cut opportunity, a Brett Pitman shot well over aside.

Despite the Blues having been on top the Bees went in front in the 68th minute from the penalty spot.

Smith’s backpass from the left was intercepted by the sharp Akinde, who was sent tumbling by Gerken as the keeper looked to clear. Referee Russell pointed straight to the spot and again might have shown his red card in a regular fixture. Akinde confidently netted the penalty.

The Blues continued where they had left off before the goal, Blanchfield seeing a shot from a tight angle on the left deflect behind, then skipper Luke Chambers headed over from the subsequent corner.

Pitman went close when stretching for a Stewart cross from the left in the 78th minute but saw his effort fly just over the bar.

As the game moved into its final five minutes Stewart sent over a freekick from the right which a Barnet defender just diverted behind ahead of Paul Digby.

The Blues continued to take the game to the home side during the closing minutes but without finding an equaliser, Pitman flicking Blanchfield’s ball into the area on to the roof of the net in injury time.

Despite conceding the only goal of the game during the second period Town were a much better prospect than they had been before the break, although without creating enough chances, while the penalty was the Bees’ only real chance after the restart.

Dozzell ’s performance dictating the play was probably the highlight for the Blues, while Blanchfield also had some impressive moments and Stewart continued his resurgence.

First-half team: Bialkowski, Emmanuel, Knudsen, Douglas, Malarczyk, Berra, Bishop, Bru, Sears, McLoughlin, McDonnell.

Second-half team: Gerken, Chambers, Digby, Smith, Robinson, Blanchfield, Skuse, Hyam, Stewart, Pitman, Dozzell. Subs: Morris, Fowler, C Smith, Patterson. Att: 803.

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martleshamitfc added 22:02 - Jul 13
oh dear!
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Kirbmeister added 22:03 - Jul 13
Sign of things to come.
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TractorBoy666 added 22:05 - Jul 13
We are so desperate for creativity it's unbearable. Dozzell is too young to have a massive influence this season, and I'm just worried about Bishop & McGoldricks past injuries, the latter not featuring AGAIN this evening. Yet again it seems like we are going to have to settle for loanees and frees after the Webster signing which has broken the bank it seems!

Much to work on, Digby explained as being calm on the ball at the back but you can bet against him not starting the season. Uninspiring start to pre season, that's including the lack of transfer activity.
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howdonblue added 22:06 - Jul 13
Plus side sounds like Stewart played well and dozzell
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Eireannach_gorm added 22:10 - Jul 13
OMG SACK EVERONE
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Knightsy added 22:11 - Jul 13
Lol....The Future is Bright, not
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planetblue_2011 added 22:13 - Jul 13
Oh dear sort it out Mick with some signings!
Play Dozzell mid & Stewart if he keeps performing!!
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miltonsnephew added 22:13 - Jul 13
I just hope Mick has signings on the way.
I HOPE Mick is just giving the players that we have a chance to try and Prove themselves!!
We need two wingers, a right back and a proven Playmaker and possibly one more striker!!
I feel if we don't make signings were gonna struggle.
I hope Marcus Evans calls McCarthy in tomorrow and wields the Cheque book, for McCarthy to make the signings we need.
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jas0999 added 22:15 - Jul 13
It's true that pre season results are irrelevant, but the manner of this defeat is anything but. We, as it stands, are a considerably weaker side/squad than the one which started, finished and failed to gain a play off place last season. How on earth does Evans think things will improve? At a time when the owner increases prices, he actually offers a lower quality product. If BMW or Mercades significantly reduced the quality of their cars, would people pay more to buy it? No.

The loan strategy is woeful. We need investment and whatever people say, the club may be in debt, but said debt was bought for a fraction of its worth. But it is being repaid in full by Evans, who continues to cash in on players without reinvesting. We have again saved more on wages of those leaving this pre season than players signed. A fact often forgotten as the spin machine convince us fees received have paid for low quality additions like Coke.

The midfield needs serious overhaul. It's up to Evans to fund. Disappointing.
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Ruddockclyro added 22:16 - Jul 13
MICK OUT, MARCUS OUT, MILNE OUT, BLUEY AND CRAZEE OUT, ALF RAMSAY STAND FANS OUT, PLANET BLUE OUT, SACK EVERYONE.
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Kirbmeister added 22:16 - Jul 13
Signings? with no money and no likelyhood of attracting decent players here anyway - get real this is our squad for the season.
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Knightsy added 22:21 - Jul 13
Never mind lads....Giles Coke will save us
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Keaneish added 22:21 - Jul 13
I have to hand it to Mick, its an unbelievable feat to make pre-season as dull as he has.
Well done. I'm utterly bereft of interest.
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phillo added 22:21 - Jul 13
That went well then !!!
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Green_Army added 22:23 - Jul 13
It can only get better, right??
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prebbs007 added 22:23 - Jul 13
Impressive Mick. Pre season yes but still we look weaker than this stage last year in an undoubtedly stronger league. We are at least 4 or 5 players away from challenging. Do I trust the people running our club to fix it ? I'm sorry NO !!!
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Cakeman added 22:25 - Jul 13
Perhaps we can fast forward and skip 2016/17 and go into the 2017/18 season by which time we might have signed at least one creative player!
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wychyblue added 22:27 - Jul 13
Oh dear oh dear,
'Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.' Albert Einstein

Says it all !!!!!! Someone tell Big Mick
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BlueandTruesince82 added 22:30 - Jul 13
Have to say even I think the squad looks light this year, I know it's early pre season but even allowing that Murphy and Webster are missing it looks thin.

Has Jay Tabb signed for Buton yet? Call his agent.

Can we borrow Alan Hansen to say something about winning nowt with kids?
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rfretwell added 22:35 - Jul 13
Crikey was it as bad as Crawley away & Noubles joke of a performance that sad night? Pitman is not a no.9, he and Didsy cant win headers so we are relying on an ageing Murphy to stay fit all season. Not gonna happen
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cats_whiskers added 22:42 - Jul 13
One of our ex players
Paul Taylor has signed a one year deal with Peterborough (again)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36783313


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gibbo added 22:54 - Jul 13
Two games two penalties given away
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MarkFish added 22:57 - Jul 13
Brilliant.
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runningout added 22:58 - Jul 13
apart from Pitman and Dozzell, second half team are in need of rocket up the backside.. Not one able to control a ball with confidence.. Same old i
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E18Blue added 23:04 - Jul 13
Malarcyk should never be anywhere near the squad ever again on that showing. Felt sorry for sears, lumped at him from 40 yards against 2 monster centre halves. Dozzell at least showed willing and some nice touches. But totally bereft of quality, especially in the final third.
The amount mick was shouting he must have realised how terrible it was. Still, only preseason, right?
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