Bees sting Dag­gers in dou­ble quick time

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Hash Piperdy

BAR­NET against Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge isn’t nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with Hol­ly­wood, but this clash at The Hive was Gone in 60 Sec­onds for the visi­tors as the hosts se­cured the win.

The first shot led to the open­ing goal af­ter just a minute. Michael Gash placed the ball from the edge of the area calmly past Liam O’Brien af­ter a good hold up from John Akinde.

Chas­ing con­sec­u­tive wins, Martin Allen’s men dom­i­nated Da­gen­ham and man­aged to pro­tect rookie goal­keeper Max Cro­combe well, aided by a Da­gen­ham at­tack which didn’t register a shot on tar­get in the first half.

But de­spite dom­i­nat­ing the game from start to fin­ish, Allen re­futes the sug­ges­tion that it was Bar­net’s best per­for­mance of his reign.

“We’ve played bet­ter than that be­fore and not come out with any­thing,” he said.

“The fin­ish­ing was bet­ter, and we’ve tried to re­in­force the pos­i­tives among the play­ers.

“Our sys­tem is flex­i­ble, the play­ers seem to en­joy it.

“We’re cre­at­ing chances and the play­ers are get­ting re­wards for their hard work.

“We fully de­served the vic­tory and it was a very good team per­for­mance.”

Andy Yi­adom joined at­tacks and he dou­bled the lead for Bar­net af­ter 33 min­utes, a re­ward for long spells of pos­ses­sion cul­mi­nat­ing in a curl­ing shot past O’Brien that was laid on again by Akinde.

Wayne Bur­nett made two changes at half-time, in­clud­ing highly-rated teenage winger Jodi Jones, and he fired the visi­tors’ first shot on tar­get.

But the game was safe with over 30 min­utes left. Aaron McLean’s free-kick hit the wall and bounced invit­ingly for Gash, who was alert to bag his sec­ond.

Jones got a con­so­la­tion for Da­gen­ham. His free­kick caught Cro­combe out and the ball crossed the line af­ter hit­ting the post.

The only down­side for the hosts was that Akinde was un­able to break his streak of eight score­less games de­spite im­press­ing.

He had op­por­tu­ni­ties ei­ther side of Jones’ strike, with O’Brien equal to all three. Allen added:“John worked his socks off for the team.We’ve got a tight-knit group of play­ers. We all at­tack, we all de­fend, classed as one.”

Bur­nett praised the striker too, say­ing:“We couldn’t deal with Akinde, he was too much for us. They played off him and we found it dif­fi­cult.

“We’ve got two home games now.We need to get our first win at home.

“I un­der­stand the sup­port­ers’ frus­tra­tions be­cause they pay their money and they get a per­for­mance like that.

“I’m re­spon­si­ble for that and we have to put that right on Tues­day.”



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