Allen irked as Stanley sting Bees from start
BARNET boss Martin Allen is urging his players to start as they mean to go on after a poor opening led to a home defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley.
Sam Togwell put the visitors in front when he turned a Josh Windass cross into his own net, only for the hosts to level shortly afterwards when Michael Gash fired home.
But the home side couldn’t hold on and just after the hour mark Sean McConville scored the winner as he fired in off the post after racing onto Billy Kee’s pass.
It was a goal good enough to win any game and Allen admitted his side didn’t deserve to take home all three points.
“Unfortunately the team was not good enough here, it was a disappointing performance and we did not play well,” he said.
“We started to play well in the last 20 minutes but by then it is too late.
“In the last home game we were superb, as the players and the fans were fantastic, but for some reason here we were second best and we were all over the place to be honest.
“We fell short and we did not have the performance that we needed.
“Some of the boys look like they have lost their confidence and their legs looks overworked, that comes from a heavy mind.
“We have got to look after them here at the club, they are a great group of lads and they have the skills to play well. They have got it in them and we have to play like we have done before.”
Accrington Stanley started the game well and after Kee forced a save from Max Crocombe in the Barnet goal, the visitors took the lead as Togwell had his head in his hands following a leftwing Windass cross.
But less than ten minutes later and the game was level again as Gash fired in under the body of Accrington goalkeeper Jason Mooney from a Mauro Vilhete through ball.
The visitors led again on 62 minutes as McConville raced down the right wing and fired home off the inside of the post.
Barnet pressed for another equaliser but both Aaron McLean and Andy Yiadom both wasted late chances, not that Accrington manager John Coleman minded.
“It was a game that we started off really strong. We scored in that time which is crucial in football,” Coleman said.
“Jason Mooney had a couple of mistakes and they managed to equalise before half-time and we sat on the bench wondering what was going on.
“I thought we did well in the second half as we came out wanting to win.
“We should have been able to score a third goal and I think we were unlucky not to.”
STAR MAN ADAM BUXTON Accrington