Barnet v York City: Bees stumble and tail-spin towards floor

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PERENNIAL strugglers Barnet are in a familiar position with just two games of the new League Two season played.

Tomorrow’s hosts for the visit of York City are second bottom after two matches having, like their opponents at Underhill, got one point on the board in 2012/13.

The Bees are no stranger to the lower reaches, however, having only survived relegation on the final day of the season three years running, finishing third bottom twice and fourth bottom in the process.

Goalkeeper Liam O’Brien, 20, ensured Barnet earned a share of the spoils at home to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night with a string of stunning saves.

But he may still make way for ex-Arsenal ’keeper Graham Stack, who was signed yesterday after being released by Hibernian.

Prior to the Rovers match, Mark Robson’s men had suffered heavy defeats on the road at Birmingham City (5-1) in the Capital One Cup and Port Vale (3-0).

Robson made four changes for the Bristol Rovers game but is still expected to be without former Sheffield United striker Steve Kabba against the Minstermen due to a knee injury.

Barnet have won just one of their last ten League fixtures at home – a 4-0 walloping of AFC Wimbledon in the penultimate match of last season.

That victory, coupled with a 2-1 triumph at Burton, saw the North London outfit finish the campaign with two consecutive wins after Martin Allen had been drafted in as caretaker boss for the final three weeks.

Prior to those results, Barnet had gone nine matches without a win.

Allen has since departed for Gillingham and been replaced by former West Ham team-mate Mark Robson, who had been working as a coach at Peterborough.

The former Tottenham and Upton Park midfielder is expected to field six of his summer signings against the Minstermen in right-back Barry Fuller, centre-half Jonathan Fortune, left-back Jordan Brown, midfielder Curtis Weston, winger Anthony Edgar and striker Jon Nurse.

Barnet (probable): Stack, Fuller, Saville, Fortune, Brown, Yiadom, Byrne, Weston, Edgar, Holmes, Nurse.

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11:25am Fri 24 Aug 12

TerryYork says...

Memories of the 5-1 away win for City under Alan Little. I'll take a win in any form tomorrow.

Let's face it, on paper we have a better team.
Memories of the 5-1 away win for City under Alan Little. I'll take a win in any form tomorrow. Let's face it, on paper we have a better team. TerryYork
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12:06pm Fri 24 Aug 12

duffy says...

This is definatly one of those games that we should be looking to take 3 points from. I fully expect Barnet to be bottom three come the end of the season.
This is definatly one of those games that we should be looking to take 3 points from. I fully expect Barnet to be bottom three come the end of the season. duffy
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1:45pm Fri 24 Aug 12

RooBeck says...

Likely to be a bit of a battle to-morrow, what with the slope and Barnet looking as though they are going to have to scrap for every point again this season. A fast-moving, passing game, by us may be the answer to getting all three points and for Jason Walker to get the right support up front, so as to cause Barnet problems and find the back of the net! Would be nice to go into the Oxford United game next Saturday, with a team that is starting to come together and on the rise, with or without a new striker! COYR.
Likely to be a bit of a battle to-morrow, what with the slope and Barnet looking as though they are going to have to scrap for every point again this season. A fast-moving, passing game, by us may be the answer to getting all three points and for Jason Walker to get the right support up front, so as to cause Barnet problems and find the back of the net! Would be nice to go into the Oxford United game next Saturday, with a team that is starting to come together and on the rise, with or without a new striker! COYR. RooBeck
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3:04pm Fri 24 Aug 12

Zetkin says...

I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets uneasy when everyone is pointing out City's opponents' weaknesses and general cr*pness...
I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets uneasy when everyone is pointing out City's opponents' weaknesses and general cr*pness... Zetkin
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3:12pm Fri 24 Aug 12

duffy says...

Zetkin wrote:
I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets uneasy when everyone is pointing out City's opponents' weaknesses and general cr*pness...
I know it can come back to haunt you, however Barnet only just stayed up 3 years running and I don't see them any stronger this season, this is a good oportunity to pick up that first win.
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets uneasy when everyone is pointing out City's opponents' weaknesses and general cr*pness...[/p][/quote]I know it can come back to haunt you, however Barnet only just stayed up 3 years running and I don't see them any stronger this season, this is a good oportunity to pick up that first win. duffy
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