No arguments from Fairclough
Published : 03 Jan 2011 18:30:16
Barnet caretaker manager Paul Fairclough was left to rue a poor first-half display from the Bees as they crashed to a 4-2 defeat at Stevenage.Two goals in the first eight minutes from Luke Foster and Grant Basey - who put through his own net - put Boro firmly in command, with Stacy Long adding a third and Mark Roberts the fourth at the start of the second half.Barnet hit back with two quickfire goals from Izale McLeod and Mark Marshall, but it was too little, too late for the Bees and they are now bottom of League Two.Fairclough, who was placed in caretaker charge after Mark Stimson was sacked on Saturday, said: "Unfortunately the players seemed really down in the first half and we were definitely second best."I know full well that this is a difficult place to come at the best of times, and Stevenage put us to the sword a bit in that first half."To concede another goal straight after half-time was a bitter blow too. That threw everything up into the air again. I have to credit the players, though, for the way they didn't give up and battled right back into the game in the final half an hour."