FLU? NOT NOW AS WIN LIFTS MARTIN...
BARNET boss Martin Allen said his team’s performance in securing a third consecutive win at The Hive was so good that it helped him recover from the flu.
After taking an early lead through Gavin Hoyte’s first professional goal, the Bees overcame the dismissal of captain AndyYiadom to inflict a first defeat on Bristol Rovers in eight matches.
In this meeting between the two sides promoted last season, it was the champions Barnet who came out on top and Allen felt it was fully deserved.
“The players put in a tremendous performance, the sort that makes me proud and happy,” he said.
“I’ve had the flu for two weeks, but today has given me a spoonful of medicine.
“The crowd were brilliant and that’s why I went over at the end. I was happy for them.
“That’s a proper Martin Allen team and I like that.”
As for the sending off of his captain, Allen felt aggrieved.
“I thought it was a great tackle. I’m not being rude or disrespectful to the referee.
“We will look at it again and then we go from there, but I do think, even at this early point, it was a good tackle and I’m almost certain we’ll appeal it.”
The early goal came after a barrage of Barnet attacks. A Sam Togwell throw fell kindly to Gavin Hoyte, who hammered home from close range. Soon after, the Gas captain Lee Mansell could only head over from a left-wing Lee Brown cross.
Another Brown run and cross down the left produced an opportunity for Ellis Harrison to equalise, but the forward, who has not scored since October, headed weakly at Jamie Stephens. A short-corner nearly caught Barnet out when Daniel Leadbitter crossed into the box, but Harrison’s header went wide.
Harrison had another two chances just after the restart, shooting straight at Stephens before putting the ball wide.
Barnet sat deep, playing on the counter and it nearly paid off when Luke Gambin went on a mazy run and played in John Akinde, but the Barnet forward’s shot was well saved.
Then came the dismissal of Yiadom for a heavy sliding challenge on Stuart Sinclair.
It resulted in Barnet being camped in their own third as Rovers searched for an equaliser.
But Rovers boss Darrell Clarke was left disappointed with his side going forward and by the manner in which they conceded.
He said:“We lost because we weren’t clinical in the final third and we didn’t defend one set-piece.The lads have given me everything, but you need to be better in the final third.
“It was a very frustrating afternoon. We were camped in their half for the majority of the second half.
“We talked about the dangers of set-pieces and then we conceded a sloppy set-piece. Then you start chasing the football match.
“There were a few oohs and aahs and good saves from their keeper, but too many times we let ourselves down with the final ball.”