Just when it looked like the Daggers Jekyll and Hyde season was on the up again
a live date on Sky Sports went horribly wrong at Underhill.
The Daggers understandably went with the experimental line up that had beaten
Hereford in midweek but this time the result was very different as a good Barnet
side, even without Conference top scorer Grazioli, opened the scoring within two minutes.
normally dependable Tony Roberts will have to hold his hand up for the goal
after Ian Hendon ran into the area and got a weak shot in on goal under pressure
from a defender. Robbo let the ball slip under him somehow and the Daggers got
off to the worst of starts.
Four minutes later it was even worse. Danny Foster looked every bit the new
boy in the Daggers defence as Graham turned him all over the place and there
were three Barnet players waiting for the cross when it came in, Strevens
nodding home from three yards out.
The rest of the first half was pretty much one way traffic as Barnet swarmed
all over the Daggers who failed to get a single attempt on goal in the first 45.
Liam Hatch shot wide when well placed before being substituted after just 14
minutes. His replacement, Lee Roache then found himself one-on -one with Robbo
who saved well with his legs.
most controversial incident of the first half saw Ian Hendon clearly elbow Craig
Mackail-Smith (left) across the throat but get away with a yellow card, the
referee later saying he did not see the incident. Why the yellow then Mr
The Daggers regrouped a little after the half time break and began to press
forward to try to get something out of the game. For twenty minutes or so it
looked like they would. Bruce's free kick was just over, then Chris Moore was
just smothered out when well placed. The Daggers did have the ball in the net
just after this, Tim Cole's header falling to Mackail-Smith but he was clearly
offside and it did not count.
Barnet then scored three in seven minutes to end the game as a contest and it
was Ian Hendon, the man who should have been in the bath at the time who made
the first of the three. His long through ball was perfect for Roache who scored
into the bottom right of Roberts' goal.
minutes later Nick Bailey hit a screamer from 20 yards out into the top left
corner to make it 4-0 before Lee Flynn was adjudged to have fouled Roache to
give away a penalty, Flynn (right) booked when it could again have been red.
That man Hendon took the spot kick and gave Roberts no chance at all.
The remaining quarter of an hour was really just going through the motions
after that although Glen Southam did have a shot which went into the side
So it is back to the drawing board for John Still and his team this