Southend United v Barnet match summary

Last updated : 23 February 2011 By Adam Hern

Barnet never really got going in the first half, and Southend scored two sloppy goals after poor Barnet defending from Craig Easton after 11 minutes, and Ryan Hall after 16 minutes respectively.

 As the Shrimpers continued to dominate the opening 45 minutes, Jake Cole in the Barnet goal would have found himself lucky not to concede further goals after attempts from Ryan Hall, one of which was dragged just wide, and another one that was reasonably comfortably saved.

 In the second half, the away side started to settle well in the match and were able to keep the ball for long periods, albeit not in particularly threatening areas.  It was a game of few chances, and Barnet caretaker manager Paul Fairclough bought on John Dunleavy, Izale McLeod and Rossi Jarvis to try and get his side back into the game. 

 Those changes did somewhat brighten the Bees up and Sam Deering rattled a shot against the bar from 12 yards out with 10 minutes remaining.  Barnet did manage to grab a consolation with 2 minutes remaining through a flicked header from Steve Kabba after a delightful cross from Jordan Parkes, but with such little time remaining, there was little hope of getting another away point on the board.

 The signs are not looking good for Barnet who now face a crucial home tie against Lincoln City on Saturday.  Whilst the result sees the Bees remain rock bottom of the Football League, having played more games than most of their relegation rivals, Southend have moved within a point from a Playoff Spot at the right end of the table.

 

Man of the Match: Ryan Hall

 Bees Man of the Match: Steve Kabba