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Mark Robson admits Barnet didn't create “anywhere near enough chances” against Rochdale
Barnet boss Mark Robson acknowledged his side didn’t create “anywhere near enough chances” in their 2-0 defeat against Rochdale.
First half goals from Ashley Grimes and Dele Adebola settled what was a disappointing match for the Bees.
They struggled to break the Dale defence down throughout and Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis was rarely troubled.
“In the first half we got into the final third, won a few corners, but we didn’t really hurt the keeper.
“So that is disappointing because we didn’t create anywhere near enough chances,” Robson explained.
“We were decent in the second half and had a couple of chances. Jake (Hyde) came close with a header and Anthony (Edgar) had a left footed strike. If you get one then you are back in the game.
“I couldn’t fault the second half. I just want the players, and they are a young squad, to show some belief in themselves when they are on the ball. I know that is hard, especially when you are down the bottom of the league, but that’s what I’m looking for.”
In the build-up to Rochdale’s opening goal Robson was irate on the touchline as Mark Byrne was seemingly fouled.
However, play continued and Dale won a free-kick of their own, which was taken by George Donnelly and finished by Grimes.
Robson said: “The first goal, and I want to look at it again, but I’m sure there is a foul on Mark Byrne. If I’m wrong I’m wrong, but it looked a foul from where I was. They then get a foul immediately after that and they score the goal from it.
“I was getting frustrated and I have to be careful what I say but sometimes decisions are hard to take and I thought that was the case today for both sides.”
He added: “Overall I’m really disappointed. I’m pleased with what we did in the second half in creating the chances but we of course didn’t finish them off.”