The Opposition View - Barnet
Following yesterday's 1-0 defeat to relegation threatened Barnet at the final ever game to be played at Underhill, here are some views on the one-sided contest from Bees player-coach Edgar Davids and a few of their understandably elated fans.
"This match, in emotional terms, is as good as anything I`ve experienced with Holland at Euro 2000 or any of the big clubs that I`ve been involved in."
'We created enough chances to win the game but we had to really battle to get it. We came in with a mission and we started with our foot on the gas. We really went for it from the first minute right up until the last minute. Wycombe couldn't deal with our pressure - we were pushing right up inside their half. "
'If you believe from the first minute to the last that you will win, most of the time you will get that chance. And with Jake, if you miss a lot chances, the laws of football suggest that you will eventually be able to score. "
"We scored ten minutes before time and I thought that was fantastic. We added a little bit of drama with the penalty as well. It was surreal. I thought 'not again`. We have a tendency of making errors in the last minute, it is a negative trademark we have. "
"I didn`t think Stacky would save it to be honest but that is because nine times out of ten penalties are scored. But when he saved it, it was great. I could not have written a better scenario."
"The guys really defended Underhill with pride and as our fortress, because we have not lost many games here at home. It was a wonderful atmosphere in front of a sold-out crowd. The players put great effort in and everyone played with big heart. "
Meanwhile Gareth Ainsworth said afterwards: "We barely turned up. It`s the worst we`ve played for a long time."
Barnet fans were overjoyed with their thoroughly deserved victory and a fairytale end to 106 years at their unique Underhill home. With the exception of goalkeeper Matt Ingram, they didn`t think much of the visitors display, but much like the Wycombe players themselves, they couldn`t care less.
The following extracts are taken from the OnlyBarnet.com forum
"I'm completely drained, my throat is dry but that was awesome, Stack's save was the cherry on top and we thoroughly deserved to win a pretty one-sided game. We can do it next week. I think we will need to win the game but we CAN DO IT!!"
"What a save!! When the penalty was awarded I thought that was that but Stack made a terrific save."
"I don't think the Wycombe player wanted to score that penalty!"
"I honestly couldn't believe my eyes when Stack saved that penalty. It was like being a kid watching a Disney film and Stack was a Knight. Completely unbelievable. Surreal"
"Unbelievable drama today - really couldn't have been scripted any better. It was a bit of a tame penalty though, which almost made me wonder whether the guy took pity on us a bit."
"We were good value for the win overall, with their keeper making a couple of blinding saves, and numerous other chances missed. The return to playing two wide men transformed the quality of our play as compared to the previous 2 home games, and surely Edgar must continue with that shape next week."
"Wycombe offered very little going forward, though there was that rather scrappy disallowed goal in the second half, which had me a bit bemused, as I couldn't quite pinpoint why it was ruled out."
"Still can't quite take in the fact that there will be no more football at Underhill, but at least it was a memorable and successful game to finish on."
"Excellent performance overall, the scoreline was kind to Wycombe who were kept in the game by their keeper, who had an absolute stormer!"
"Hyde would have had a hat-trick if he was not in top form. Hyde was my MOM; plenty of shots at goal well saved, held the ball up superbly, and of course scored the goal that will go down in history.
"Graham f***ing Stack. We all know what he did, it needs no further superlatives. Takes an amazing player to become a club legend in your first season but he has done that. Right up there with Sumo and Harry as our best keepers ever."
"All in all, a great performance from the lads, flowing attacking football and plenty of passion which has been lacking somewhat this season. Now let's smash Northampton who have nothing to play for and prove that we are too good to go down. Because there is no way we will go down if we played like that every week."
"What a great day out! I thought the club did a good job with the pre-match arrangements on the cricket ground. The supporters were in good voice."
"The team dominated the match (the BBC has us down with 21 attempts and Wycombe just 2). We nearly threw it away with a silly penalty, but Stack pulled off a great save."
"It was a fitting way to leave Underhill and with almost every other result going against us (including AFC Wimbledon fighting back from two goals down at Gillingham to draw), we really needed to win today. Good work."
"Wycombe should have been 'on the beach' yesterday but they didn't make it easy for us."
"Pretty surprised at how emotional I was yesterday and how much I cared. Jake and Graham, THANK YOU."
"If the people there yesterday can channel that emotion then we must be able to find a way back to where we belong, the Borough of Barnet. I feel more strongly about it after yesterday. Thanks for the memories everyone."
"What a fantastic final day. No one could have dreamed up an ending like that. Farewell Underhill!"
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