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Report: Wycombe 0-2 Barnet

22 October 2016

Ten man Wycombe fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Barnet this afternoon, with Mauro Vilhete and John Akinde goals enough to give the Londoners the three points.

Barnet’s resolute defence held of the challenge of Wycombe and the second half strikes meant a first defeat in four home games for the Chairboys, who had substitute Myles Weston sent off on his home debut.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that picked up a point at Mansfield last week, with Nick Freeman and Garry Thompson coming into the starting line up in place of Matt Bloomfield and Paul Hayes, who picked up an injury in training. Luke O’Nien and Scott Brown also returned to the matchday squad as they continue their recovery from injury.

A couple of early half chances fell to the Chairboys, with Paris Cowan-Hall diverting a Joe Jacobson delivery just wide and Adebayo Akinfenwa glanced a header goalwards from a Jacobson corner before it was cleared.

Bayo did find the back of the net on 16, but a controversial decision by referee Graham Horwood meant that his header was ruled out as he blew for a foul on Cowan-Hall as the ball was crossed in.

The Chairboys had the better of the play in the first half, with Akinfenwa the focal point of the attack, but there were no real clear cut chances. Freeman fired wired from 20 yards after Jacobson’s free kick struck the wall, and Cowan-Hall couldn’t hit the target with a header from close range.

A superb tackle denied former Wycombe striker Akinde as he looked set to shoot from 15 yards at the start of the second half, and Anthony Stewart struck a sweet half volley on 51 but it was straight at Josh Vickers.

The Bees took the lead on 65 minutes after carving an opportunity out of nothing. Substitute Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro played a reverse pass from the left touchline for Vilhete to run on to and he lifted the ball over the on rushing Jamal Blackman.

The Blues found it difficult to break down Barnet’s stubborn defence. Michael Nelson and Bondz N’Gala won the majority of the aerial balls put into the box, and Wycombe found it difficult to create many clear openings.

An audacious effort from Akpa Akpro nearly caught out Blackman as he shot from halfway but the ball landed just wide, and a bad day at the office was compounded on 90 minutes as Weston was sent off for a second yellow card for his second foul of the game.

Things got even worse in injury time as Akinde held off the challenge of Aaron Pierre as he went through on goal, rounding Blackman and shooting into the empty goal to give the visitors the three points.

Wycombe: Blackman, Harriman, Jacobson, Stewart, Pierre, Thompson (Kashket 67), Freeman (M. Weston 67), Gape (Bloomfield 84), Rowe, Akinfenwa, Cowan-Hall
Unused subs: Brown, Wood, O’Nien, De Havilland

Barnet: Vickers, Hoyte, Vilhete, N’Gala, Nelson, Sesay, Champion, Muggleton, C. Weston (Taylor 79), Gambin (Akpa Akpro 55), Akinde (Kyei 90)
Unused subs: Stephens, Dembele, Watson, Amaluzor

Attendance: 3,596 (250 Away)

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