February 26, 2013
Davids breaks duck in Bees triumph
Edgar Davids led from the front to inspire his Barnet side to a survival-boosting 2-0 win over play-off chasing Southend at Underhill.
The Bees player/manager claimed his first goal for the club in the 84th minute, though winger Dani Lopez argued it was he who got the final touch.
Jake Hyde's 10th goal of the season in the 33rd minute had put Barnet ahead to keep the hosts outside of the League Two relegation zone.
Hyde netted a brilliantly-timed header from a fine inswinging Mark Byrne free-kick, with Barnet's killer second coming as Davids burst into the box on the left-hand side and steered a shot past Paul Smith, Lopez making sure it had crossed the line.
Southend had started the brighter, Britt Assombalonga twice off target with shots from inside the box during the opening exchanges.
After the break Southend huffed and puffed, with Barry Corr's drive well blocked by Dale Stephens and strong claims for a penalty after Stephens' handball, only for Davids to settle matters against Paul Sturrock's Shrimpers.
|29 Graham Stack||1 Paul Smith|
|30 David Stephenson||16 Luke Prosser|
|2 Barry Fuller||2 Sean Clohessy|
|45 Bondz Ngala||4 Michael Spillane|
|4 Clovis Kamdjo||3 Anthony Straker|
|26 Elliot Johnson||6 Ryan Cresswell|
|38 Edgar Davids||27 Ben Reeves|
|8 Mark Byrne||14 Kevan Hurst|
|27 Nauro Vilhete||12 Matthew Lund|
|40 Daniel Lopez Ramos||10 Barry Corr|
|19 Jake Hyde||20 Britt Assombalonga|
|18 Sam Cowler||Daniel Bentley 17|
|34 Chiro N'Toko||Ryan Leonard 18|
|3 Jordan Brown||John Spicer 19|
|20 Curtis Weston||Danny Mayor 11|
|15 Andy Yiadom||Alex Woodyard 30|
|12 Luke Ganbin||Neil Harris 9|
|22 Iffy Allen||Freddy Eastwood 7|
|Andy Yiadom for Nauro Vilhete (74)||Ryan Leonard for Michael Spillane (60)|
|Curtis Weston for Jake Hyde (83)||Freddy Eastwood for Britt Assombalonga (78)|
|Danny Mayor for Ben Reeves (83)|
|Kevan Hurst (7)|
|Luke Prosser (58)|
|· Squads: Barnet | Southend United|