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Report | Barnet 2-0 Dale

5 March 2024

Match Reports

Report | Barnet 2-0 Dale

5 March 2024

Dale suffered a 2-0 defeat on the road at Barnet on Saturday afternoon.

A brace from Callum Stead was enough to seal a defeat on the road for Dale on Tuesday night.

Jimmy McNulty made three changes from Saturday’s game at Ebbsfleet United. Ian Henderson returned to the starting eleven alongside Finlay Armstrong, who’s had his loan extended until the end of the season, whilst defender Dan Sassi made his first start for McNulty’s side.

Corey Edwards came back into the squad, featuring on the bench as Devante Rodney dropped out of Jimmy McNulty's side completely.

Barnet started on the front foot early on, pouncing on Ethan Ebanks-Landell's only mistake of the game, cruelly punishing Dale within the first minute as Stead was on hand to tap home from close range.

Both sides had their chances following the opening goal, with the skipper nodding one off the line following Tiernan Brooks' save before Cian Hayes saw a shot narrowly travel wide of the post.

Just after 20 minutes on the clock, Jimmy Keohane had the ball in the back of the Barnet net after being played in by Hayes, but the linesman's flag denied the Irishman.

Keohane was then on the wrong end of another decision by the officials as the referee adjudged the 33-year-old of handling the ball in the Dale penalty box.

Brooks dived to his left and denied Zak Brunt from the penalty spot, keeping the scoreline at 1-0.

The hosts troubled Dale with a couple of balls across the box down one end, with Hayes testing the Barnet keeper once again at the other, forcing him to push wide a low effort towards the end of the first-half.

The hosts had a couple of chances following the interval, but Dale defended well and kept The Bees at bay.

Hayes forced Josh Keeley into action once more, with the shot-stopper flicking a hand at the Dale man's effort, pushing it wide of his goal.

With less than 20 minutes to go, Stead grabbed his second and doubled Barnet's lead.

Brooks got down well to deny the first effort, but he could only push it as far as Stead, who had the simple task of placing the ball into an unguarded net.

Ryan East and Sam Mather, who made his Dale debut coming off the bench in the second-half, both had chances, with one shot getting blocked and the other flashing over the bar.

Dale continued to press in the dying minutes of the game but couldn't break the Barnet defence down.

Dale XI | Brooks, Gordon, John, East, Ebanks-Landell, Mitchell, Keohane (76' Uchegbulam), Hayes, Sassi, Armstrong (69' Clayton), Henderson (69' Mather).

Unused subs | Nevett, Edwards.

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