The Oxford United supporters thought that their team had just shaded it. But of course, they would say that wouldn’t they?
The Bees were literally seconds from achieving a 0-0 draw against one of the league’s most improving teams who seem intent on putting the gas to the floor and go for a play-off place.
Did the Bees deserve a point? Of course they did! Determined, well-organised defending is a part of the game and in Luke Gambin they had a player who created a number of very good chances which could have even swung the game in Barnet’s favour.
When Gambin makes progress down the left-flank he doesn’t just get his crosses in, thinking his work is over, rather he picks out a player in the middle and that player then has a genuine chance to score.
In the first-half last night he found out Dani Lopez in the six-yard box and in the second he picked out Mark Byrne with a good pull-back whose goal-bound effort was blocked on the line.
Gambin himself had a chance late on, albeit from an acute angle, and it really looked as if he had scored – but it was only the goal net crumbling under the power of his shot.
The Bees lost this match by the narrowest of margins when Oxford won a dubious free-kick out by the corner flag. The delivery was good, the marking less so, with the home side taking full advantage of one of their few chances of the evening.
A mixed bag of results elsewhere means that the fixture at Accrington on Saturday has extra significance; if indeed that was possible.