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Blues flop as Bees leave Underhill on a high


Barnet 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0

The sun was out, the stadium was packed and the scene was set for a nail-biting climax to Barnet's 106 years at Underhill.

Defeat for the Bees could have seen them relegated on a day that was already guaranteed to be emotional for everyone connected with the club.

The pre-match chat from the Wycombe camp suggested that no quarter would be given and that the Chairboys would be doggedly pursuing all three points.

Despite having nothing at stake but pride, 857 Blues' fans made the effort to attend, partly to say goodbye to an old familiar hunting ground, and partly in anticipation of an end-of-season thriller.

If only the team had turned up too.

With the notable exception of Matt Ingram and to a lesser extent the back four, what we got was a lacklustre performance bereft of even a smidgeon of quality and posing absolutely no attacking threat to Barnet whatsoever.

Unable to string more than two passes together without losing possession, the Blues were soon launching long, high, hopeful balls in the general direction of the miniscule figure of Jo Kuffour.

With Kuffour struggling to hold it up, the ball just kept coming back and the first half was played almost entirely in Wycombe's half of the pitch.

In fact, the Blues didn't manage a single shot, on or off target, during an ugly forty-five minutes that was only notable for a quartet of superb saves from young keeper Ingram.

The second half was equally dire.

Ingram's saves and Barnet's misses had kept the game goalless until the 81st minute when Jake Hyde pounced on a low cross to give the home side a lead they undoubtedly deserved.

Still without a single shot to their name, Wycombe were given a lifeline in the third minute of stoppage time when referee Chris Sarginson awarded them a penalty for a foul on substitute Bruno Andrade.

But even that was beyond the Blues and Joel Grant's spot-kick was saved by Bees' keeper Graham Stack who has probably never enjoyed an easier afternoon in his entire career.

When the final whistle sounded the Bees could at least say goodbye to Underhill on a high. For them, the battle for survival continues for another week.

For Wycombe, the war is over thanks to a purple patch in the middle of the season, but on today's evidence, there's still plenty of room for improvement.

Line-up & ratings
Ingram (8), Harriman (6), Doherty (7), Johnson (6), Dunne (6), Grant (5), Lewis (5), Spring (5), Scowen (5), Wood (5), Kuffour (4)




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Writer: Len Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 20 2013

Time: 10:46PM

 

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