Former Spurs man sees red as Barnet climb out of drop zone with Accrington draw
21:55 16 November 2012
League Two: Barnet 1 Accrington Stanley 1
Barnet player/joint head coach Edgar Davids was sent off as his side drew with Accrington Stanley – a result that lifts them out of the relegation zone.
The Lancashire club had taken the lead through Rommy Boco seven minutes into the second half.
Yet Mark Byrne’s retaken penalty provided the equaliser for the home side but the Dutchman’s red five minutes from the end meant they had to see out the game a man short.
Barnet should have had the ball in the net when Mark Byrne hit the bar from four yards out but had he scored it wouldn’t have counted for Jon Nurse’s foul on Accrington goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin.
The Bees started settled into their stride and looked the more dominant but the Stanley stopper was seldom tested despite the threat, coming mainly from Nurse.
The home side were appealing for a penalty when the ball bounced onto Rob Atkinson’s arm but referee, Lee Collins, turned down the appeal.
Accrington did have the ball in the net with 10 minutes to go before half time through James Gray but the it was ruled out because of offside.
Clovis Kamdjo nearly allowed the Stanley striker through on goal with a weak backpass but Barnet goalkeeper Graham Stack was able to rush out and clear.
Edgar Davids nearly broke the deadlock early in the second half when his shot from the edge of the area went through a crowd of players but Dunbavin was able to keep the ball out.
But, despite looking the better side, Barnet found themselves behind just seven minutes into the second half.
Rommy Boco was played through on goal after a long ball from his goalkeeper, as the Bees defence stood still, but his shot was well saved by Stack.
Unfortunately for the Bees goalkeeper, the ball bounced back to the Stanley man and ricocheted into the net.
With 70 minutes on the clock Barnet were awarded a way back into the game when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Ricky Holmes.
Mark Byrne stepped up but his effort was stopped by Dunbavin, however the assistant deemed that the goalkeeper moved off his line.
The same man stepped up again and blasted the ball down the middle to equalise.
James Beattie was brought into the action in the remaining minutes, replacing Will Hatfield.
The former Southampton man thought his side had scored through Peter Murphy but the assistant was flagging for offside.
He could have found himself on the scoresheet himself but his effort was blocked by Krystian Pearce.
Padraig Amond then tried an overhead kick but, unlike Zlatan Ibrahimovic against England on Wednesday, his effort was tame.
Barnet had to see out the remaining five minutes with 10 men as Davids, already booked for a foul on Hatfield, saw his second yellow card, followed by a red for tripping Beattie.
Nurse nearly won it for the Bees late on with a 90th minute header but both sides settled for a point that lifted the Bees out of the relegation zone with Wycombe playing tomorrow.
Barnet: Stack, Fuller, Brown, Kamdjo (Weston 56), Byrne, Nurse, Holmes (Yiadom), Hyde, Stephens (Fortune 46), Pearce, Davids.
Unused Substitutes: Lee, Edgar, Cowler, Lowe.
Accrington Stanley: Dunbavin, Murphy, Joyce, Winnard, Hatfield (Beattie 79), Miller, Gray, Amond, Molyneux, Atkinson, Boco.
Unused Substitutes: Liddle, Nsiala, Lindfield, Barnett, Dawber, Schofield.
Referee: Lee Collins