FLU? NOT NOW AS WIN LIFTS MARTIN...

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alex Brodie

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.”

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