Keeping Up With....The Bees
DEREK Adams' Argyle side make the 255-mile trip to 15th-placed Barnet on Tuesday night looking for back-to-back wins against the Bees.
Barnet come into the fixture on the back of a 2-2 draw against in-form Accrington Stanley. The Bees trailed 2-0 after goals from ex-Torquay man Billy Kee and Matt Brooks, but midfielder Luke Gambin pulled a goal back 11 minutes from time before forward John Akinde leveled the scores in the 90th minute with his 13th goal of the season.
In goalkeeper Graham Stack and defender Bondz N'Gala, the Pilgrims will come up against two of their former players. 34-year-old Stack featured six times for Argyle during the 2008-09 season after his release from Reading. He lost his place in the side to Romain Larrieu and consequently went out on loans to Blackpool and Wolves. He was released at the end of the season and joined Scottish club Hibernian.
N'Gala featured nine times for the Devon side on-loan from Premier League side West Ham as the Greens were relegated from the Championship in 2010. Following his release from his parent side he joined permanently and made a further 26 appearances, scoring once. The end of the season saw him join Yeovil on a free transfer.
Barnet have had a very indifferent start to 2016. In their eight games they have picked up three wins - against Bristol Rovers (1-0), Dagenham & Redbridge (2-0) and Portsmouth (1-0). They have drawn three and lost two of their remaining games.
Martin Allen's side have been in good home form, losing only lost one of their previous six at the Hive. That was a 2-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon, as goals from Lyle Taylor and Ade Azeez were enough for the Dons to take all three points.
Barnet have had a strong season at home overall, though. They have earned 30 points on their own patch – only Northampton and Argyle can claim to have accrued more points at home.
Top goalscorer Akinde registered 33 goals in all competitions as his side were promoted as champions from the Conference Premier last season. The former Alfreton man has added a further 13 this season for the 12th club of his career.
Barnet have only won four of their 18 games against Argyle in history, including defeats in their past three encounters. Barnet’s most recent win came in the 2011-12 season when goals from Izale McLeod and Daniel Leach were enough to snatch all three points.
The latest fixture however earlier in the season saw the Greens triumph 2-1. Aaron McLean opened the scoring after 30 minutes before goals from Graham Carey and Jake Jervis after half-time were enough to see Derek Adams' side to victory.
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