”We were lucky it was only three” admits Bees boss Allen

An animated Martin Allen on the Sixfields touchline. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds

An animated Martin Allen on the Sixfields touchline. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds

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Barnet manager Martin Allen accepted his side “were lucky it was only 3-0” after being outplayed by a dominant Cobblers performance in Saturday’s League Two clash at Sixfields.

Sam Hoskins, Marc Richards and Ricky Holmes all scored in a resounding Northampton victory which would have been more emphatic but for Bees goalkeeper Ian Lawlor, who pulled off several excellent saves.

Having only recently signed on-loan from Manchester City, Lawlor twice denied both Holmes and Lawson D’Ath as the Cobblers threatened to run up a more embarrassing defeat for Allen’s men.

“It wasn’t a very good performance and we were lucky it was only 3-0,” conceded the Bees boss. “We didn’t deserve to get anything out of the game.

“Northampton were much better than us from the first minute right through to the last minute. In possession, out of possession, all over the pitch, Northampton dominated the game.

“We knew Northampton had some very good players and they were right on it today but far too many of my players were nowhere near it. And that’s what you get - a 3-0 thumping.

“The only positive was the performance of our keeper who did very well and Northampton would have scored a lot more goals if it hadn’t been for him. I feel for our supporters who made the trip up here because we were very disappointing.

“We’ve been putting in some very good performances recently and we’ve been playing well. It’s our third game in a week if you want to use tiredness as an excuse but Northampton have also had to play three games in a week.

“Northampton have some outstanding players but I always want my players to stand firm and compete. They didn’t do that today which was very disappointing.

“They didn’t do the basic things which have got us into a good position in the table and that’s something we will need to have a look at this week in training.

“We talked about getting the ball in behind Northampton as quickly as we could to our strikers in the second half but we gave away a goal too early after half-time. Curtis Weston had a good chance but by then it was too late, the game was already well over.”