Bees boss is buzzing but Wilcox
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