Boro are stunned by Gash and grab
STEVENAGE boss Teddy Sheringham was left fuming after watching Barnet substitute Michael Gash score a last-gasp winner.
Trailing 2-1 when the former Cambridge United target man was introduced, Gash turned the game on its head, much to Sheringham’s irritation.
And the 29-year-old fittingly popped up in the right place to bag a priceless winner to end a six-game winless streak.
“We knew the game was going to change, without a doubt, there’s no way that they could be as bad in the second half as they were in the first half,” said Sheringham.
“We talked about it at half time, we knew exactly what was coming in the second half, but still we allowed them to do what they wanted to do by gifting them play and making the wrong options from our point of view when we had worked on them.
“I’m bitterly disappointed. We got to 2-1 again and you’d think it would stem the tide but they were getting so much joy.
“It is a big setback, a real big setback. I’m disappointed with our players. I don’t think you can fault the attitude, it was just the wrong options at the wrong time.”
Stevenage headed into the break one goal to the good after Fraser Franks scored his second goal for the club.
Boro took the lead in the tenth minute from a corner. Steven Schumacher floated it in from the right, Charlie Lee nodded the ball back across goal and Franks was there to head the ball home.
Barnet began the second half positively and drew level three minutes after the break. The ball was bobbling around in the area from a corner and Bondz N’Gala was on hand to divert the ball home.
However, they were behind again a minute later. Schumacher floated a free kick into the area, Lee headed the ball across goal and Tom Hitchcock was there to make it 2-1.
The Bees were not out of the game though. Two minutes after the hour, John Akinde’s cross from the left found Aaron Mclean, who took a touch before emphatically finishing across goal.
The Bees completed the turnaround in the 77th minute. Akinde cut inside from the left, crossed and Gash prodded the ball home.
Barnet manager Martin Allen said: “It wasn’t easy to watch in the first half, but all credit must go to the players, in the way they picked themselves up in the second half.
“They upped their game, they sharpened up a little bit and I thought we thoroughly deserved to win.We had numerous more chances in the second half and we could have had more goals.”
STAR MAN BIRA DEMBE