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Barnet 2-0 Accrington Stanley

Barnet produced a physically dominant display against Accrington Stanley to grab their first victory of the season.

The sides struggled in possession early on and Michael Nelson's 24th-minute blocked header for Barnet was the first shot on target.

Five minutes later, Bees forward Alex Nicholls almost doubled his tally for the season with a 20-yard volley that slid just past the post.

But John Akinde's cool 33rd-minute finish gave Barnet the lead after he latched onto a long ball from Elliot Johnson.

And Akinde nearly laid on a second straight after half-time, bursting through from halfway and squaring to Curtis Weston, but his placed shot from the edge of the box drifted wide.

It was indeed 2-0 in the 60th minute when substitute Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro scored from 20 yards just three minutes after coming on.

Stanley's Sean McConville drew a terrific save from Josh Vickers during the seven minutes of stoppage time, but Barnet closed out an impressive win.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Barnet

  • 12Vickers
  • 16Taylor
  • 6Nelson
  • 4Dembélé
  • 3Johnson
  • 7WatsonSubstituted forChampionat 90+5'minutes
  • 8Weston
  • 14Togwell
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forVilheteat 86'minutes
  • 10GashSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 57'minutes
  • 9AkindeBooked at 50mins

Substitutes

  • 5N'Gala
  • 11Gambin
  • 17Muggleton
  • 19Akpa-Akpro
  • 20Champion
  • 31McKenzie-Lyle
  • 32Vilhete

Accrington

  • 20Chapman
  • 30Donacien
  • 5Beckles
  • 3Hughes
  • 2Pearson
  • 27O'Sullivan
  • 18HewittSubstituted forHéryat 65'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 33Eagles
  • 9GornellSubstituted forBocoat 15'minutesSubstituted forClarkat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Davies
  • 7Clark
  • 12Jones
  • 14Boco
  • 16Héry
  • 17Lacey
  • 22White
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
1,501

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnetAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Barnet 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnet 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mauro Vilhete.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Josh Vickers.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Tom Champion replaces Ryan Watson.

Attempt saved. Bastien Héry (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. John O'Sullivan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Barnet) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Chris Eagles (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Hand ball by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Mauro Vilhete replaces Alex Nicholls.

Attempt blocked. John O'Sullivan (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

John O'Sullivan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet).

Foul by Bastien Héry (Accrington Stanley).

John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Chris Eagles (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Sam Togwell.

Foul by Ryan Watson (Barnet).

Bastien Héry (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Alex Nicholls (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Jordan Clark replaces Romuald Boco.

John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Bastien Héry (Accrington Stanley).

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet) wins a free kick on the right wing.

John O'Sullivan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Taylor (Barnet).

Attempt missed. Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Curtis Weston (Barnet).

Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Bastien Héry replaces Steven Hewitt.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Attempt saved. Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Barnet 2, Accrington Stanley 0. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Togwell.

goal

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