Ref’s tough call is turning point
WYCOMBE fans will wonder whether the League Two play-off final in 2015 was all a dream – as they suffered a gutting defeat to Barnet and lost Myles Weston to a red card.
It was Weston’s cross that set up a Southend equaliser at Wembley that eventually sunk the Chairboys.
In this game, he was a Wycombe villain again when he got a second yel- low at the end. But in truth, Wycombe were running out of ideas by then.
Mauro Vilhete and John Akinde struck second half goals to lift Barnet out of the League Two relegation zone in a turgid affair.
Portuguese midfielder Vilhete gave the Bees the lead after a counter-attack midway through the second half before Akinde’s ninth of the season settled the points in stoppagetime.
However, the hosts will point to Adebayo’s Akinfenwa’s header in the first half that was ruled out as the turning point in an awful game.
Wycombe began brightly and the lively Paris CowanHall produced a perfect cross from the right for the head of Akinfenwa, who powered a header beyond Bees keeper Josh Vickers.
However, referee Graham Horwood had already blown for a foul on CowanHall. The disallowed effort killed Wycombe momen- tum and the visitors who grabbed the lead on 65 minutes.
Akinde held the ball up well and released JeanLouis Akpa Akpro down the left. He stepped inside the challenge of Harriman and centred for the unmarked Vilhete to slip the ball under Jamal Blackman.
Chairboys’ boss Gareth Ainsworth threw on both Weston and Scott Kashket in response to the setback but they couldn’t turn the game around.
Weston, already booked for an earlier foul, was then sent off in the last minute for a second yellow after a foul on Vilhete.
And Akinde rounded things off when with the hosts pushing up as he shrugged off Aaron Pierre to sprint clear and round Blackman in added time.
Denied: Adebayo Akinfenwa had a header ruled out by the referee
Lively: Paris Cowan Hall in action against Barnet