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City 3 Barnet 0
City maintained their 100 per cent home record with a second-half salvo to sink bottom club Barnet this afternoon.
Three goals in a ten-minute burst straight after the restart from James Hanson , Alan Connell and Andrew Davies sealed a comfortable three points.
It was not vintage stuff from Phil Parkinson’s men but they still ran out easy winners against a side who look consigned to another long battle against the drop.
Connell’s equaliser at Accrington had earned him promotion to the starting line-up – and he should have had a goal inside five minutes.
A blind backpass by John Oster put Connell clear on the keeper but his shot was a poor one and Graham Stack blocked.
It was to prove a costly miss as City struggled to breakdown a resolute opposition. Nathan Doyle drove wide from 30 yards but otherwise there was little pressure on Stack’s goal.
Barnet, in fact, forced seven corners before the break without creating anything other than a soft looping header by John Nurse.
City needed to step it up for the second half and did within two minutes. Gary Jones floated a free-kick into the six-yard box and Luke Oliver knocked it back for Hanson to head home from close range.
That opened the floodgates and Connell soon made amends for his earlier chance, converting the rebound after Stack could only parry Kyel Reid’s well-struck low cross.
And Davies made it three goals in the space of ten minutes when he nodded home at the far post from another Jones set-piece.
Jordan Brown just prevented Hanson from making it four from a dangerous cross by Connell and the big striker nodded over from a corner.
But the result was already in the bag and City can look forward to Tuesday's visit from Morecambe to keep their impressive home form going.