Wednesday, 4 January 2012

2011 round-up (part four)

After compiling the round-up for months January-March, April-June and July-September, here is the fourth and final instalment to complete the year.

Despite previously stating the squad was good enough, Sanchez hinted at delving into the loan market, following injuries to Darren Dennehy, Ricky Holmes and Jordan Parkes – although they were all fit before the month was out. This view was reinforced further after his criticisms of the back four saying: “conceding an average of two goals a game is atrocious”.
The club was charged for failing to control their players, after the win against Aldershot. The post-match mêlée meant both teams were fined £1000. Charlie Taylor also felt the FA’s wrath after video evidence showed him spitting at an opponent – landing him a three match ban.
Some good news in October was that loanee, Gary Borrowdale extended his loan spell until the end of the year.
Sam Cox went on loan to seek first team football – joining Borehamwood for an initial month.
The month ended badly with a 6-3 home defeat to Burton Albion – with boos and jeers circulating the ground before the whistle had finally been blown. Sanchex fully accepted the blame saying: “I am responsible for that shambles… and that is a performance that a lot of clubs change managers on”. Ultimately, despite previous claims the squad didn’t need changing, he decided three or four new faces would be fast appearing.
01/10              Barnet v Northampton         (L)       1–2
08/10              Shrewsbury v Barnet          (L)       2–3
15/10              Barnet v Aldershot              (W)      2–1
22/10              Hereford v Barnet               (L)       0–1
25/10              Barnet v Southend              (L)       0–3
29/10              Barnet v Burton                  (L)       3–6
            3 points from 18
Goals For: 8              Goals Against: 16
04/10  (JPT Round 2) Gillingham v Barnet         (W)      3–1

 A lot of ins and outs in November with Sanchez sticking by his word of bringing in a number of new players. First to leave, however, was Lloyd Owusu, joining Hayes and Yeading on a month’s loan, after failing to start a single game. Youngster, Mauro Vilhete soon followed, another month away, at Hendon. Sam Cox extended his spell with Borehamwood by a month – he’d played six, won six, since arriving. Tommy Fraser finally left the club, after having his contract terminated.
Milton Keynes brought a fair few for their FA Cup game,
and Izale got a good reception, too!
Welcome to (1) central defenders, Paul Downing and Michael Hector, from West Brom and Reading, respectively. Welcome to (2) Jack Saville, a third young defender arriving from Southampton. Initially joining for a solitary month, he quickly extended this until January. Welcome to (3) Crystal Palce midfielder, Alassane N’Diaye, on a ‘short term’ deal. Welcome to (4) 24 year-old striker, Gavin McCallum. The Canadian international joining from Lincoln City was brought in to replace injured Steve Kabba. Welcome to (5) Cedric Baseya, a striker from Reading.
For the second time this calendar year, two Bees were picked out for the League Two Team of the Week – Dean Brill and Clovis Kamdjo. Not a bad feat for a side constantly in the bottom four.
Bad news this month for Steve Kabba, who had been suffering with a knee injury for some time – out for the “foreseeable future”, possibly for the rest of the season. The striker, who had signed a two-year deal was set to have to have surgery on the persistent injury in December.
05/11              AFC Wimbledon v Barnet              (D)       1–1
19/11              Bristol Rovers v Barnet                  (W)      2–0
25/11              Barnet v Macclesfield                    (W)      2–1
            7 points from 9
Goals For: 5              Goals Against: 2
08/11  (JPT Quarter Final) Cheltenham v Barnet          (W)      2–0
12/11 (FA Cup Round 1) Southport v Barnet                (W)      2–1

Love evening games - another Friday v Macc.
The stadium saga continued this month with the stark reality that it was more than likely the club would be leaving Underhill and having to relocate elsewhere – even as far as out of the borough. The club wrote to the Football League and in their reply stated that Barnet would be unable to start next season at their home of the last 104 years. Kleanthous said of the proposed move: “I, for one, will not shed a tear and want to look forward and think of how much we can achieve once released from the artificial chains that bind us. This blinkered council will never know what they had until they have finally lost it”.
Unbeaten in November was how the Bees fared – two wins and a draw in the League, as well as victories in the JPT and FA Cup. For this feat, Sanchez was nominated for the League Two, Manager of the Month award; he lost out to eventual winner, Mark Yates of Cheltenham Town.
Michael Hector, the young Reading defender, dubbed “a young Rio Ferdinand” extended his loan spell until January 2nd. Lloyd Owusu left the club after returning from his time away at Hayes and Yeading. Sam Cox continued his time away at Borehamwood – extending his loan move by a third month. Steve Kabba finally had his knee operation in the middle of December and is now in the process of rehabilitation.
After media rumours, again, linking Sanchez with a move to be become Northern Ireland manager, he gave an official statement to the club pledging his commitment to his current contract. He made it clear: “no formal contact has been made [to me] by the Irish Football Association”.
And he continued to make headlines after being reported to the FA for reprimanding with the referee during the game against Cheltenham. He was sent to the stands following a dubious penalty decision awarded to the visitors – with players and fans on both sides still wondering what it was given for! The referee came out and said that Mark Hughes manhandled an opponent in the penalty area, but video highlights still prove otherwise. Lawrie was given two charges of misconduct – the first relating to his language and behaviour at halftime, regarding the aforementioned spot kick; the second is reported to have been as a result of leaving his place in the Main Stand during the second half and standing too close to the proximity of the pitch, to voice his opinions.
Gary Borrowdale, the QPR loanee had planned on extending his stay until the end of the season, but the move had to be put on hold before the year was out – contractual issues at his parent club being the reason for this.
A tough draw for the second round of the FA Cup.
09/12              Torquay v Barnet                           (L)       0–1
16/12              Barnet v Cheltenham                      (D)      2–2
26/12              Dagenham + Redbridge v Barnet    (L)       0–3
30/12              Crawley v Barnet                           (L)       0–1
            1 point from 12
Goals For: 2              Goals Against: 7
03/12  (FA Cup Round 2) Barnet v MK Dons     (L)       1–3
06/12  (JPT Semi Final) Barnet v Brentford      (W)      0–0 (5–3 on pens)

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