February 9, 2013
Valiants held by plucky Barnet
Port Vale saw their lead at the top of League Two reduced to two points after they were held to a goalless draw at relegation-threatened Barnet and had goalkeeper Chris Neal to thank for preserving a point.
Jennison Myrie-Williams should have put Vale ahead in the first half before Neal saved twice from Andy Yiadom prior to the break.
The Vale stopper then denied John Oster and, despite a late rally, neither Doug Loft nor Tom Pope could beat Graham Stack as Barnet avoided a third straight defeat to climb out of the drop zone.
Leaders Vale, who have Gillingham hot on their heels, should have taken the lead after 35 minutes when Myrie-Williams shot wide on his unfavoured right foot from 12 yards.
Neal then did well to hang on to a deflected Yiadom strike before diving at the feet of the Barnet midfielder to keep the game scoreless at the break.
Oster forced Neal into another fine save at the start of the second half before Vale substitute Sam Morsy shot wide with 25 minutes to go.
Loft was then denied his first goal of the season by Stack in the Barnet goal and Pope hit a post.
|29 Graham Stack||1 Chris Neal|
|30 David Stephenson||6 Darren Purse|
|2 Barry Fuller||25 Liam Chilvers|
|35 Andy Iro||24 Richard Duffy|
|26 Elliot Johnson||36 Daniel Jones|
|31 John Oster||10 Ashley Vincent|
|38 Edgar Davids||7 Doug Loft|
|8 Mark Byrne||9 Jennison Myrie-Williams|
|15 Andy Yiadom||23 Ryan Burge|
|10 Jon Nurse||29 Lee Hughes|
|19 Jake Hyde||11 Tom Pope|
|18 Sam Cowler||Sam Johnson. 12|
|3 Jordan Brown||Adam Yates 2|
|4 Clovis Kamdjo||Chris Shuker 15|
|20 Curtis Weston||Chris Birchall 26|
|7 Oliver Lee||Sam Morsy 18|
|41 Ibrahim Sekajja||Calvin Andrew 16|
|42 Harry Crawford||Ben Williamson 19|
|Ibrahim Sekajja for Jon Nurse (74)||Sam Morsy for Lee Hughes (55)|
|Curtis Weston for Edgar Davids (81)||Calvin Andrew for Ashley Vincent (66)|
|Harry Crawford for Jake Hyde (84)||Chris Shuker for Ryan Burge (76)|
|Curtis Weston (87)||Liam Chilvers (16)|
|Sam Morsy (66)|
|Doug Loft (73)|
|· Squads: Barnet | Port Vale|