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Barnet boss reflects on former Arsenal, Leeds & Millwall man’s red card at Fleetwood

21:37 29 September 2012

Mark Robson's Barnet are yet to win in League Two this season. Photo: Dave Howarth/PA

Mark Robson's Barnet are yet to win in League Two this season. Photo: Dave Howarth/PA

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Barnet manager Mark Robson was not going to be critical after goalkeeper Graham Stack was sent off during the Bees’ 2-1 defeat against Fleetwood.

Jake Hyde had given the Bees the lead before the former Arsenal, Millwall and Leeds goalkeeper saw red for bringing down David Ball in the penalty area, although there were suggestions that the forward had been offside.

The Fleetwood man dusted himself down and levelled the scores from the spot before Tom Barkhuizen fired home late on to leave the Bees rooted to the bottom of the table

“If he was offside it would’ve been a free kick to us and Stacky wouldn’t have been sent off,” Robson stated. “But I can’t say whether it was or is wasn’t offside.

“He has brought him down and it was a goalscoring opportunity. So it was a red card but if he was offside then it wouldn’t have happened in the first place.”

Despite the defeat the Barnet boss saw plenty of positives from the game.

“I’ve said to the boys that we shouldn’t take the result as a negative,” he added. “We came into the game today and the players were very confident.

“We started well and got the goal and I felt it was going to be out day. Of course, going down to ten men is tough to take.

“But I’ve said to the players that we have to take the performance as a positive. It was a great battling display; we kept them at bay for a long time but have unfortunately conceded.

“They are disappointed to lose a game which we thought at the start that we could win.”

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