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Barnet match report
22 November 2016 22:59 Post ID: #71940
It was another damaging home defeat for Argyle with Barnet winning 2-0 but all the talk centred on the poor performance from referee Brett Huxtable.

Fans who have just seen their team lose usually moan about the referee and blame him and it's seen as sour grapes - not today.
First year ref Brett Huxtable, unfit and overweight, got every major decision wrong in the first half, these decisions cost us two goals, he wasn't helped by the linesman on the Lyndhurst side who bottled the decision he should have made.
The first 45 minutes was the worst I've ever seen from a referee, it would have been a different result if Huxtable had made the right decisions.

1: There was a foul on keeper Luke McCormick when the corner came in from which Barnet scored.
2: He missed an obvious penalty when Jake Jervis was brought down.
3: He missed a bad tackle on Yann Songo'o, Barnet broke away with Akinde who was offside and scored the second goal.

Plus an obvious corner or throw-in to Argyle was given to Barnet.

That said, the Greens were not at their best and it looks desperate when we finish a match with Graham Carey as the left-back and Jervis as the right-back, although both were given the freedom to get forward.
Too often we went from side to side trying to break down a packed Barnet defence but with Paul Arnie Garita on the pitch we should have been more direct and put more high balls right into the Barnet defence.
We had chances but either shot wide or over or unluckily hit the crossbar or have a shot blocked and Barnet keeper Stephens made a number of good saves.
It was one of those frustrating nights.

Manager Derek Adams made five changes to the starting eleven, one of those was a forced change due to the injury to Ben Purrington - Oscar Threlkeld came in at left-back. Nauris Bulvitis returned to the defence and Connor Smith and Jervis replaced Craig Tanner (who surprisingly dropped) and Jordan Slew.

The match had hardly started when Barnet took the lead. The Barnet players packed the six yard box and when the corner came in McCormick was fouled but comedy ref and linesman didn't give it and Nelson scrambled home the ball at the far post, we don't have a player on the far post so the ball almost apologetically rolled over the line.
Much booing for the referee.

We got our act together and Jervis was playing well on the right side, he teed up Fox who thundered a left-footed shot against the crossbar and Smith had a shot well saved.
Carey was playing on the left and won a corner after a cross was deflected except the comedy ref deemed it was a goal kick.
Much booing for the ref.

Barnet were content to sit back and hit the ball long to Akinde.

Jervis had a storming run down the right, he cut inside and was hacked down. If that kind of attack had happened in the street the Barnet defender would have been arrested for assault.
So who would take the penalty? Hold on - they are playing on! The comedy ref said it wasn't a penalty. I've never seen a riot at Home Park but that moment came close to it.
Much booing for the referee.

We huffed and puffed but couldn't break down the Barnet back door.

Songo'o was left in a heap with a very poor tackle, surely a yellow card for the Barnet player? Hold on - the comedy ref has waved play on and not only that the comedy linesman hasn't flagged for an obvious off-side on Akinde.
He strolled through looking embarrassed and sheepish and rolled the ball past McCormick. Argyle 0 - 2 Brett Huxtable.

The ref blew up for half time, many of us were wishing that he just blew up.

Garita replaced the injured Songo'o at half-time and we switched to 4-4-2. We started the second half on the attack and Jervis should have got us back into the game but shot wide from a good position.
Once the first 15 minutes of the second half was over our momentum was disappearing and we couldn't break through the packed Barnet defence.
The comedy ref had a quiet second half but there was still the feeling of "just what will he do next".

Akinde was still a handful up front for Barnet and it took two defenders to mark him.

We finished the game with Garita, Slew, Tanner and Godowillie up front and Carey and Jervis in defence with licence to get forward.

Despite the poor performance of the ref in the cold light of day it's a defeat, six points and five goals shipped at home in two games.

Jervis was easily our best player, full of running and did a good job at right-back.
Carey is a very frustrated player, he had words with some players during the Grimsby game and this continued in this game, he picked up an injury just before half-time and was hardly in the game for the second period.

Goodwillie had some good touches and was neat and tidy but when he plays a stray ball the crowd would get on his back and his confidence goes out the window.

That could be said for the team - the players now look short on confidence, a win at Morecambe, who haven't won at home since August, is now crucial.

Man of the match: Jervis.

McCormick 5, Miller 5, Bulvitis 5, Bradley 6, Threlkeld 6, Fox 7. Songo'o 5, Carey 5, Jervis 8, Smith 6, Goodwillie 6. Subs - Garita 6, Tanner 6, Slew n/a.

As for the ref, the less said the better but League One and Two are suffering because of the new elite group of referee's in the Championship for this season. It's similar in what happens in the Premier League, the problem for us is that all the good ref's are picked for the Championship and we are left with either poor refs or those starting in the EFL for the first time like Huxtable is this season. Sometimes it works as it did for the Grimsby game with Rob Jones but not for the Barnet game.
It looks like there is a shortage of refs and Huxtable has been fast tracked too soon for the EFL.
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