It feels so gr-eight to savour a tri­umph

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Oli Gamp

BAR­NET man­ager Kevin Nu­gent cred­ited the brav­ery of his play­ers as they mounted a stun­ning come­back against Chel­tenham to gift him his first win at the club.

A Danny Wright chip had put the Robins ahead be­fore Bar­net un­der­went a stun­ning re­cov­ery through Cur­tis We­ston and a John Akinde brace, to give Nu­gent vic­tory at the eighth at­tempt.

“I’m re­ally pleased we got the win,” said Nu­gent. “The lads did well to come back in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

“I don’t care what any­one says. We’ve gone a long time with­out a win but we showed some brav­ery com­ing back.

“They score a goal which from our point of view I’m pretty dis­ap­pointed with. They hit it and it goes straight through. They did show the char­ac­ter to come back.”

The Bees had started con­fi­dently, Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce get­ting to the by-line and zip­ping in a cross for the un­marked Akinde, but the giant for­ward’s shot was di­verted wide.

Out of noth­ing, a flick-on from Billy Wa­ters al­lowed Wright to lift the ball over Jamie Stephens when put clean through.

A lack­lus­tre Bar­net side claimed an un­likely equaliser when sub­sti­tute We­ston buried a vol­ley from 18 yards af­ter be­ing set up down the right, be­fore a re­mark­able turn­around saw Camp­bell-Ryce’s cor­ner glanced in by top scorer Akinde.

Mo­ments later, Akinde found him­self one-on-one with Brown and made no mis­take in claim­ing his 24th goal of the campaign, and Nu­gent ad­mit­ted half-time en­cour­age­ment was re­quired to get the team go­ing, while also be­ing re­lieved to grab his first win as Bar­net boss.

“It wasn’t the best of per­for­mances in the first half but as soon as the goal went in we lost a bit of con­fi­dence,” he added.

“I said, ‘Show me the pas­sion and spirit – right through the week you’ve been train­ing re­ally well’.

“It was a re­lief – I’m en­joy­ing it.” Chel­tenham caretaker boss Rus­sell Mil­ton con­ceded his play­ers had lost fo­cus and says the ef­fect of man­ager Gary John­son’s heart surgery, which he is re­cov­er­ing from, has taken its toll.

“The mo­men­tum of the game swung and we couldn’t get it back,” he said. “They pun­ished us for it with three goals.

“We weren’t pro­fes­sional enough to see the game out. We didn’t deal with the mo­ments well enough.

“It (John­son’s ab­sence) has had an im­pact but we’ve all had to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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