Despite His White Boots

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Barnet 2 Stockport 1

A good enough game to keep me awake in the spring sunshine. Just. Which is more a comment on my mental state than the game, which was OK. Stockport played the better football in the first half and missed two great chances to take the lead, first of all Lowe clipped a loose ball onto the post rather casually, and 10 minutes later Gleeson looked certain to score when Josh Wright pulled out a saving last-ditch block with keeper Harrison stranded. Barnet's PA announcer then attempted to liven up the atmosphere by announcing the score "Brentford 0 Hereford 2" five minutes before half-time, a classless act that reflected poorly on the club. Obviously someone had a word because he apologised at half-time. I mean it's hardly the kind of thing you do by accident.

Adomah had put in a couple of good crosses and shown some decent footwork on occasion in the first half but, not for the first time, it was the other winger Jason Puncheon who was the class act on display. He fired the Bees in front just after the break after winning a free kick, having his first effort blocked but then shooting home low through the crowd from 20 yards. County equalised five minutes later when Rowe lobbed Harrison after a defensive mix-up. It looked all set to drift into a 1-1 draw when Barnet introduced a couple of young substitutes and one of them, Danny Hart, sent in a fizzing cross that Cliff Akurang only had to connect with to score, which he did.

Giuliano Grazioli came on for a well-received cameo towards the end as Barnet closed it out. They're 11th now and can count that as a really good effort after having to sell three quality players before the season started. County meanwhile will take their place in the play-offs, which looked fair enough on today's showing.

Just one more game to go then, QPR v West Brom next Sunday, and I really hope that the Baggies will already be promoted by then, as it will make for a party atmosphere and anyway they're clearly the best side in the division.

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