Barnet player ratings v Plymouth

Barnet hung on heroically to beat Plymouth – but who shone and who struggled for the Bees?

Plymouth fans at Barnet

Plymouth brought 1,119 fans to see Barnet at The Hive as attendance ticked past the 3,000 mark

Jamie Stephens – 5.5: Kicking was as poor as it has been and rarely had to make many saves. Could have been more assertive with crosses too although Nelson and Santos took care of them. Will rarely keep a worse clean sheet.

Harry Taylor – 6.5: Right-back is a problem position at the moment with a varied cast of characters having tried to nail down the spot.

Ricardo Santos – 8.5: For a man who has only just turned up, he looks perfectly at home. Endured one or two wobbly moments of miscommunication but was outstanding with his head and feet.

Michael Nelson – 9: Outscores his defensive partner only by virtue of having put his head on a few more balls. He is 36 years young and shows no sign of losing any thirst for the fight.

Elliot Johnson – 4.5: Comfortably the worst Barnet player on the pitch. In the first half he seemed unable to complete even the most basic of passes. When Plymouth put the squeeze on, it all came from his side.

Mauro Vilhete – 9: My man of the match, even without the goal. His understanding of space is so good and he ran a marathon to hang onto that result.

Jack Taylor – 8: In a really good run in the middle of the pitch. Has oodles of talent and gets out of tight spots very well. Started to realise that Akinola is a great man to feed in behind and it proved dangerous.

Curtis Weston – 7: Has had plenty of poor games this season but did a lot of work without the ball today that is easily ignored. May not be the most attractive player in the world but does a job.

Nana Kyei – 7.5: Came close to his first senior goal a number of times and showed off his skill by beating a man twice in very dangerous areas. Appears not to have his full legs yet but could play a big role in 2017.

Simeon Akinola – 6.5: New at this level and looked a little overwhelmed by the lack of time and space in the small spaces but loves using his speed in behind. Will learn how to play with Akinde quickly.

John Akinde – 6: A quiet day for the league’s top-scorer. Got through one-on-one in classic barn-storming Akinde style but blasted the ball straight at the keeper. Looked a little uninterested at times…


Jamal Campbell-Ryce – 6: Seemed to press the accelerator without getting the expected boost of power. Was a positive change on the left but he also tracked back very well.

Dan Sweeney – 6.5: A bit like Akinola looked slightly at odds with the pace of the game but used his physicality well as Barnet hung on.

Sam Muggleton – n/a: Came on for the last five minutes. Threw the ball onto the roof. It was awesome.

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