Allen’s wet swipe at ref­eree

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Daniel Freed­man

BAR­NET man­ager Mar­tin Allen was not a happy man af­ter this match was aban­doned at the break with his side lead­ing.

Allen must have thought the Bees were set for a first away win of the sea­son af­ter striker John Akinde volleyed in Ben Tom­lin­son’s knock-down af­ter just 23 se­conds.

Bar­net mid­fielder Cur­tis We­ston also hit the bar shortly af­ter­wards but hosts New­port County did re­cover well from their dread­ful start and were on top at the end of the first half.

Dar­ren Jones hit the bar while Jack Comp­ton and Sean Rigg went close, and new sign­ing Reece Grego-Cox im­pressed on the right wing.

But as heavy rain con­tin­ued to fall through­out the match parts of the pitch be­came un­playable and ref­eree Gra­ham Sal­is­bury had no op­tion but to aban­don the match at the break.

Allen didn’t see it that way, how­ever.

He said: “I don’t think it should have been called off. There were only three patches of wa­ter on one side that were smaller than the pad­dling pool I’ve got in my gar­den for the dog.

“I thought we should have given it an­other 20 min­utes at least to see how it went, es­pe­cially for the pay­ing pub­lic and the Bar­net fans who had trav­elled down.

“We were 1-0 up af­ter a great start by the team and a good fin­ish by John and who knows what would have hap­pened?

“But we have to re­spect the de­ci­sion and move on.” New­port man­ager War­ren Feeney agreed with the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion, but he too was dis­ap­pointed as he felt his side had the up­per hand go­ing into the sec­ond half.

“I’m not happy be­cause we had all the mo­men­tum,” said Feeney, who is still wait­ing for a first home win since March.

“We made a bad start but we quickly got a foothold in the game.

“But I can un­der­stand the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion.

“A few times we would have been through but the ball got caught un­der the lads’ feet in the wa­ter.

“The play­ers’ safety is what is most im­por­tant.”

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