Barnet 2 (Hyde 5 & 70) Oxford United 2 (Rigg 6, Whing 46)

Andy Whing scores with a header

Andy Whing scores with a header

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JOHNNY Mullins hit the woodwork twice in stoppage time as Oxford United shared the spoils on a wet night at Barnet.

The U's fell behind to Jake Hyde's early header, but they bounced back to lead with goals from Sean Rigg and Andy Whing.

Hyde equalised with his second goal of the night with 20 minutes remaining and both sides had chances to win the game late on.

United, who had conceded a last-gasp goal to lose on Saturday, almost claimed all three points but Mullins' late effort bounced off both posts and ran clear.

Manager Chris Wilder made two changes to the side which began the 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield on Saturday.

Adam Chapman replaced the suspended Lee Cox in central midfield, while on the left flank Rigg was fit enough to start after suffering from flu. Jake Forster-Caskey made way.

The U's had scored within 60 seconds on Saturday and there were two early goals in a frantic start at Underhill.

Barnet struck first, in the fifth minute.

Andy Yiadom's shot was deflected wide and from Mark Byrne's corner Hyde expertly glanced a header past Ryan Clarke and into the net.

The home fans were still celebrating when United equalised a minute later.

Rigg, who had scored in the FA Cup meeting between the two sides earlier this month, ran on to James Constable's knock-down to lash a volley in from eight yards.

The greasy surface in north London ensured a quick game where both defences looked uncomfortable at times.

Barnet almost scored from another corner on 25 minutes, as United were left scrambling to stay on level terms.

The dangerous Ricky Holmes blasted a shot into the ground, which span wildly and was fumbled by Clarke, who was bailed out by Peter Leven.

On the half hour it was the visitors' turn to come close at a corner, when Rigg planted a header just wide.

The winger was enjoying himself and curled a shot just past the other upright on the stroke of half time.

United made a terrific start to the second half, going in front for the first time.

Clovis Kamdjo conceded a free-kick wide on the right and from Peter Leven's whipped delivery Whing headed into the net via the crossbar.

Hyde had a chance to quickly level, but he could only shoot straight at Clarke from close range.

Just after the hour Rigg almost fluked a third just after the hour, when the winger's wayward cross clipped the crossbar..

But there was never a sense Barnet were out of the game and with 20 minutes left they drew level.

Holmes wriggled down the left and fired in a low cross which beat Mullins and was converted by Hyde.

United had an opportunity to respond when Bees goalkeeper Graham Stack caught a high clearance from Krystian Pearce.

The back pass gave United a free-kick inside the six-yard box, but after a lengthy stoppage Leven's effort was blocked and Whing shot over.

In sodden conditions both sides went in search of a winner.

Holmes came close to a spectacular goal on 85 minutes, but his sweetly-struck volley flashed wide.

Substitute Olly Lee also had Clarke worried in stoppage time, but the 25-yard effort flew wide.

But it was United who came closest to a decisive goal, through Mullins in stoppage time.

The defender was desperately unlucky to see his header strike the woodwork, as United had to settle for a point.

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11:20pm Tue 20 Nov 12

foxvox says...

So what's the excuses tonight? It was wet, Barnet were superb, they were lucky, we were unlucky, the ref was bent. Unfortunately the truth is we're not good enough, luckily (hopefully) there are a couple of teams that are worse. This is rubbish. IL can't afford to let CW and his entourage go and that's the only thing that is keeping him (and them) here.
So what's the excuses tonight? It was wet, Barnet were superb, they were lucky, we were unlucky, the ref was bent. Unfortunately the truth is we're not good enough, luckily (hopefully) there are a couple of teams that are worse. This is rubbish. IL can't afford to let CW and his entourage go and that's the only thing that is keeping him (and them) here. foxvox
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4:54am Wed 21 Nov 12

oldun says...

IF we win on Sat we MIGHT be up to the heady heights of 16th in 'division four' (a level we were above for 36 consecutive seasons (1965-2001) - happy days . COYY - always look on the bright side , we once got relegated out of the League
Heslop instead of Potter and Potter instead of Pittman - good decisions?
IF we win on Sat we MIGHT be up to the heady heights of 16th in 'division four' (a level we were above for 36 consecutive seasons (1965-2001) - happy days . COYY - always look on the bright side , we once got relegated out of the League Heslop instead of Potter and Potter instead of Pittman - good decisions? oldun
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8:30am Wed 21 Nov 12

Flipmode says...

We are in relagation mode.. I hate to say it. COYY. :-(
We are in relagation mode.. I hate to say it. COYY. :-( Flipmode
  • Score: 0

8:35am Wed 21 Nov 12

adlibber says...

I won't bother waiting for Wilder's cliché ridden excuses - he just needs to walk away from the club. On a night when a team we beat 5-0 a month ago wins at high flying Fleetwood we are drawing at league's bottom club. Port Vale scoring goals for fun (whilst in administration)& Exeter win at Gillingham 3 clubs with less gates&resources all setting examples.

We are rubbish Wilder is empty as will the Stands be if Lenagan doesn't address this now.
I won't bother waiting for Wilder's cliché ridden excuses - he just needs to walk away from the club. On a night when a team we beat 5-0 a month ago wins at high flying Fleetwood we are drawing at league's bottom club. Port Vale scoring goals for fun (whilst in administration)& Exeter win at Gillingham 3 clubs with less gates&resources all setting examples. We are rubbish Wilder is empty as will the Stands be if Lenagan doesn't address this now. adlibber
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8:53am Wed 21 Nov 12

Bigmanmo says...

Couldn't agree more with the last post, the fans are beginnng to vote with their feet and the atmoshpere at home games is getting gloomier and gloomier. The players need to lift the fans for a change not the other way around. Average at best is not good enough and it's gone on too long. Defeat on Saturday and Chris Wilder should do the honourable thing or Ian Leneghan should do the brave thing, one or the other please.
Couldn't agree more with the last post, the fans are beginnng to vote with their feet and the atmoshpere at home games is getting gloomier and gloomier. The players need to lift the fans for a change not the other way around. Average at best is not good enough and it's gone on too long. Defeat on Saturday and Chris Wilder should do the honourable thing or Ian Leneghan should do the brave thing, one or the other please. Bigmanmo
  • Score: 1

9:30am Wed 21 Nov 12

CamView says...

We were poor after the Whing goal Barnet kept up the fight whilst we went through the motions of a slow team lacking any flare or talent going foward. The report fails to mention the two shots cleared off our line in the first half.

Its time to stop makng excuses and face the truth we are an average team and where we are now is where we will finish in the league
We were poor after the Whing goal Barnet kept up the fight whilst we went through the motions of a slow team lacking any flare or talent going foward. The report fails to mention the two shots cleared off our line in the first half. Its time to stop makng excuses and face the truth we are an average team and where we are now is where we will finish in the league CamView
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9:33am Wed 21 Nov 12

oldun says...

CamView wrote:
We were poor after the Whing goal Barnet kept up the fight whilst we went through the motions of a slow team lacking any flare or talent going foward. The report fails to mention the two shots cleared off our line in the first half.

Its time to stop makng excuses and face the truth we are an average team and where we are now is where we will finish in the league
An average position in the league (middle third ? 8th - 15th ) would be nice .
[quote][p][bold]CamView[/bold] wrote: We were poor after the Whing goal Barnet kept up the fight whilst we went through the motions of a slow team lacking any flare or talent going foward. The report fails to mention the two shots cleared off our line in the first half. Its time to stop makng excuses and face the truth we are an average team and where we are now is where we will finish in the league[/p][/quote]An average position in the league (middle third ? 8th - 15th ) would be nice . oldun
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9:36am Wed 21 Nov 12

oldun says...

16th - missed the key !!
16th - missed the key !! oldun
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1:17pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Doctor69 says...

Where are all the pro wilder fans now?
This is a shambles, Wilder out.
Where are all the pro wilder fans now? This is a shambles, Wilder out. Doctor69
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1:55pm Wed 21 Nov 12

oldun says...

Doctor69 wrote:
Where are all the pro wilder fans now?
This is a shambles, Wilder out.
Where are they? Not had my 'wrist slapped' for being not positive enough since that 3 game very very mini revival. COYY - 14 years of disappointment looks like extending to 15 - COYY - hope that I do give £100 to cancer research - payable if we end in the top three - seemed better than that proposed £10 bet and pub chat . What originally turned me against CW was the way that he moaned (in the season we slipped to third ) on Radio Oxford about fans who had the temerity to tell him that they felt that his work was not as good as it should be. Shades of Kemp snapping at fans
[quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: Where are all the pro wilder fans now? This is a shambles, Wilder out.[/p][/quote]Where are they? Not had my 'wrist slapped' for being not positive enough since that 3 game very very mini revival. COYY - 14 years of disappointment looks like extending to 15 - COYY - hope that I do give £100 to cancer research - payable if we end in the top three - seemed better than that proposed £10 bet and pub chat . What originally turned me against CW was the way that he moaned (in the season we slipped to third ) on Radio Oxford about fans who had the temerity to tell him that they felt that his work was not as good as it should be. Shades of Kemp snapping at fans oldun
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Went to match it still amazes me that constable is a pro he is utterly useless should have flogged him when had chance
Went to match it still amazes me that constable is a pro he is utterly useless should have flogged him when had chance Beau champ mummy
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