Martin Allen felt Barnet created enough chances to win ten games this afternoon, after going down 1-0 against Wycombe Wanderers in their final pre-season friendly.
A wonderful second-half strike from Peter Murphy proved the difference, the midfielder crashing home from 30 yards with the outside of his boot in the 70th minute to settle the contest.
Barnet had chances, though, and speaking to the club's website, Allen was encouraged: “We have had more than enough chances to have won ten games so I’m really pleased with our players to be honest.
“They had a couple of chances in the first half from set plays and scored with the one shot that they had in the second half from 30 yards into the top corner, which was a brilliant goal," he added.
Luke Gambin did score after 66 minutes for Barnet but saw his goal chalked off as the referee had already awarded a free-kick for a foul on John Akinde in the build-up.
Explained Allen: “We’d scored and were ahead but he’s disallowed it and brought it back for a free-kick. I think the referee would be the first to say that he has made an error of judgement.
“Fair play to the referee, he apologised to me afterwards which I thought was really decent of him. I think he’s realised that he’s made an error but there you go, let’s not get too het up over it and let’s move on.”
Reflecting on pre-season as a whole, Allen said: “I’m absolutely delighted. We’ve beaten Stevenage, we were close to beating Luton, we were close to beating Peterborough, we were fantastic against Brentford and were 1-0 up so there are a lot of good signs."
The Bees head coach also revealed Andy Yiadom had missed the game with a sore foot which was not worth risking, meaning utility man Mauro Vilhete filled in at right-back.