Left livid

Bees boss is buzzing but Wil­cox

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Wal­ters

AN­GRY York boss Russ Wil­cox is happy to share the re­spon­si­bil­ity with his play­ers for a de­feat that leaves them three points off the drop zone.

Goal­less at half-time, the Min­ster­men went be­hind to a John Akinde strike but looked to have sal­vaged a point ten min­utes from time when Michael Coul­son lev­elled.

How­ever, a 25-yard strike from Michael Gash on 82 min­utes re­stored Bar­net’s lead be­fore Brent­ford loa­nee Josh Clarke put the re­sult be­yond doubt late on to ruin Wil­cox’s af­ter­noon.

“It’s im­por­tant we stay to­gether as a group and stick to­gether through dif­fi­cult times,” said the York man­ager.

“It’s a re­ally dif­fi­cult pe­riod. Again, that’s when the draws catch you up. I’m not one to hide away from the facts, to­day just wasn’t good enough.

“We’re com­ing to a team that’s strug­gling, who’s lost their last three, and we’ve got to do bet­ter.Th­ese are the games we have to win if we want to fin­ish in the top half. In a nut­shell, it’s not ac­cept­able.We’re in a mess.

“We’re down at the wrong end and we don’t want to be down there, and it’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity to dig us out of that. I’m the leader of the group and it’s down to me, but play­ers have also got to take all the re­spon­si­bil­ity as well.

“They’ve got to start per­form­ing bet­ter and I’ve got to start do­ing my job bet­ter. If we both do that, we can win games.”

York lost skip­per Russ Penn to in­jury early on as Bar­net cre­ated the first real chances, Luke Gam­bin and Bondz N’Gala each scuff­ing wide when well-placed.

Akinde made an in­stant im­pact when he came on at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod, break­ing onto a defence-split­ting pass from Gash to slot the ball un­der Scott Flin­ders.

Coul­son scored the equaliser, cut­ting in from the right and lash­ing into the bot­tom cor­ner, but Sam Tog­well teed up Gash to drive home from dis­tance and Clarke sealed the win as he ran onto Akinde’s through ball.

“It was a dif­fi­cult first half,” said Bar­net boss Martin Allen.

“We weath­ered the wind in the first half and then knew that chances would come our way in the sec­ond half. I thought we showed a lot of re­silience in the first half and I thought we played quite well sec­ond half.

“The fans sung with en­thu­si­asm and the play­ers played with en­thu­si­asm, and if you pay your money you want some ac­tion.

“If you graft your nuts off dur­ing the week you don’t want to come here and watch a dull, mag­no­lia per­for­mance. To­day I don’t think it was dull, I think it was good for our sup­port­ers, the play­ers, and the club as a whole.”

STAR MAN MICHAEL GASH Bar­net

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