Kev axed as Bees slip into ob­scu­rity

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

LESS than 24 hours af­ter a dis­a­point­ing de­feat at Ex­eter, Bar­net parted com­pany with head coach Kevin Nu­gent.

With the Bees mired in mid-ta­ble ob­scu­rity, Nu­gent’s two-month ten­ure came to an end, osten­si­bly by mu­tual con­sent.

“Bar­net Foot­ball Club and head coach Kevin Nu­gent to­day mu­tu­ally agreed to part com­pany,” read a club state­ment on Satur­day.

“The search for the next per­ma­nent head coach is un­der­way.

“Rossi Eames will take charge of the team for the up­com­ing game against Wy­combe on Mon­day.”

Early goals from Jor­dan Moore-Tay­lor and David Wheeler at St James’ Park on Fri­day sen­tenced Bar­net to a third straight de­feat and con­de­mend Nu­gent to the chop, de­spite John Akinde’s 69th-minute re­sponse.

It was bet­ter news for Ex­eter, how­ever, as the Gre­cians jumped into fifth place, with a four­point cush­ion over Black­pool in eighth.

The Gre­cians travel to play-off ri­vals Cam­bridge to­mor­row hop­ing to rack up a 13th win on the road this sea­son.

But winger Wheeler is pre­dict­ing more twists and turns in the pres­sure cooker of the play-off race.

“It is go­ing to be the same pres­sure on Mon­day,” he said. “The game is still as big, even though we have got a lit­tle bit of a buf­fer now.

“It can change game to game and there are enough teams still in it to cause us prob­lems.

“There might be changes on Mon­day but we have got a lot of talent on the bench.”

Ex­eter flew out of the traps and swept into a two-goal lead in­side the open­ing six min­utes.

Skip­per Moore-Tay­lor turned sharply on the edge of the box be­fore ram­ming a low shot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Two min­utes later Jake Tay­lor caused prob­lems down the right and crossed for Wheeler to poke the ball un­der Bees keeper Jamie Stephens.

Bar­net were shaken into life and Christy Pym pro­duced two smart saves to deny Ruben Bover Izquierdo and Harry Tay­lor.

Akinde rammed home his 24th goal of the sea­son on 69 min­utes to hand Bar­net a life­line but hopes of a fight­back were dashed as Pym clawed away Tay­lor’s ef­fort 11 min­utes from time – end­ing Nu­gent’s time at the helm.

And Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale wants his side to main­tain fo­cus.

He said: “There are many twists and turns to come so we have to keep our nerve, con­cen­trate and keep work­ing hard.”

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