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Barnet 2-0 Bristol Rovers

John Akinde
Akinde's goal against Bristol Rovers was his first for Barnet

Barnet retained their place at the top of the Conference with a comfortable win over Bristol Rovers.

John Akinde slotted in to open the scoring, his first goal since signing from Alfreton Town in the summer.

Another new signing, Charlie MacDonald, doubled their advantage after Rovers goalkeeper Will Puddy spilled Mauro Vilhete's long-range shot.

Rovers had two penalty appeals turned down and await their first win since being relegated to the Conference.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It was a very disappointing first half for me.

"We play with a system where we need to pass the ball and players take responsibility, but we went far too long.

"We never got a foothold in the game. We gave away two really sloppy goals, which you can't afford to do at this level.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb with the goals we conceded."

Line-ups

Barnet

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Stack
  • 2Yiadom
  • 3Johnson
  • 14Togwell
  • 5N'Gala
  • 6Stephens
  • 8Weston
  • 11Cook
  • 10MacDonaldSubstituted forNurseat 90'minutes
  • 9Akinde
  • 16Vilhete

Substitutes

  • 4Saville
  • 7Marsh-Brown
  • 15Villa Lopez
  • 17Muggleton
  • 20Nurse

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Puddy
  • 4LockyerSubstituted forLeadbitterat 53'minutes
  • 3Brown
  • 7Mansell
  • 5McChrystal
  • 15TrotmanSubstituted forParkesat 46'minutes
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 24Sinclair
  • 14White
  • 10Taylor
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forBruntat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 6Parkes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 9Brunt
  • 17Harrison
Referee:
Robert Whitton

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnetAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnet 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnet 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sam Togwell (Barnet).

  5. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Jon Nurse replaces Charlie MacDonald.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jamie White (Bristol Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Bondz N'Gala (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

  11. Post update

    John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lee Cook (Barnet).

  14. Post update

    Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Barnet.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Barnet.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jamie White (Bristol Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Andy Yiadom (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).