May 7, 2012 by joshilan14
Following on to my season review on Barnet, I have decided to do an “end of season awards” to celebrate a third consecutive survival on the last day and yet another 22nd place finish! The awards will be given in a number of categories.
Team of the season (4-4-2)
In goal, Dean Brill has been a rock behind an ever-changing defence. At left-back is Jordan Mustoe, who it has been great to see grow as a player over the course of his loan. Despite being injured for half the season, right-back Danny Senda deserves his place in the team. The centre backs are the on-loan pair consisting of Paul Downing and Michael Hector, who added stability to the defence.The inconsistent-but-brilliant Ricky Holmes and Mark Byrne are the wingers for the team due to their goals and assists this season. Mark Hughes and Sam Deering have added steel, passion and determination to the centre midfield area. With 18 goals this season, Izale McLeod is the joint top-scorer of League 2, while Ben May gave Barnet the target man presence during his loan spell.
Notable mentions go to Jack Saville, Clovis Kamdjo and Steve Kabba.
Goal of the season
Mark Hughes wins this award for his brilliant half volley from the penalty box against Burton Albion to secure survival for yet another season. Other contender’s would be Mark Byrne’s long-range efforts away to both Morecambe and Northampton and Ben May’s 35 yard half-volley against Dagenham and Redbridge.
Save of the season
While Liam O’Brien’s brilliant tip over the bar against Gillingham was technically better, Dean Brill’s save in the last minute to deny former Bee Patrick Ada kept us in the Football League.
Miss of the season
This award is obviously given to Charlie Taylor, but for what one of his many misses is harder to pick. I would probably say his miss from three yards out against Northampton at home as it was harder to miss than it was to score. But that is usually the case with Taylor.
Chant of the season
The best chant of the season was “I’ve seen Charlie Taylor score… three times” when the hapless striker came on away to Gillingham. The game also saw Taylor threaten a Barnet fan who said he was bad.
Quote of the season
Lawrie Sanchez wins the award hands down here. His hypocritical stance over then Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington when he said “He isn’t doing a very good job there” and his summing up of our scenario when he pointed out to us that we wouldn’t be near the relegation zone “if we had more points.” The winner though would be when he said “This win puts Northampton Town eight points behind us and I can’t see them winning three more games more than us.” Northampton finished two points ahead of us.
Signing of the season
There are many players who could win this award. The likes of Jordan Mustoe, Paul Downing and Jack Saville have grown as players since joining Barney; while Dean Brill, Danny Senda and Ben May have given many passionate performances. However, it is Michael Hector that wins the award though, with him leading from the back with his calm performances and his brilliant long-passes and skill.
Game of the season
While the League Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy saw many great victories against the likes of Portsmouth, Colchester United and Gillingham, there is only one match that can win this award. Martin Allen’s second game in charge at home to AFC Wimbledon saw not only our biggest win of the season, but our best performance as we ran out 4-0 winners.
Worst game of the season
Lawrie Sanchez’ spell saw many awful performances, such as the 6-3 loss at home to Burton Albion and the 4-1 defeat away to Aldershot Town, but there is one defeat that stands out in particular. That is the 4-0 loss at home to Bradford City, which saw not only a shocking performance but a bust-up between Izale McLeod and Michael Hector.
With 30 players having appeared for Barnet this season, there have been many who have been bad. Very bad that is. In fact; the likes of Sead Hajrovic and the now-departed Gary Borrowdale, Tommy Fraser and Charlie Taylor could have easily won this award, but there is only one winner here. Alasanne N’Diaye is possibly the worst player I have ever seen play for Barnet (and there have been a lot!) His touch is atrocious, his pass even worse, he can’t tackle, he is ridiculously slow-in short, he is awful. He is so bad that it is impossible not to laugh when he plays.
Most improved player
Possibly the easiest award to choose out of the lot as there has been one player this season who has improved miles more than any Barnet player. That is Ricky Holmes, who might still be inconsistent, but on his day he is one of the best players at the club. It is not a surprise to hear him linked to clubs in the higher divisions.
Young player of the season
Out of the 30 players to have appeared for us this season, a third of them are 21 years old or younger. The majority of these players have had a positive impact on the club this season, but there is one player that scrapes it. Sam Deering has given 110% in every match this season and he has arguably become the first name on the team-sheet.
Player of the season
Non-Barnet fans would expect Izale McLeod to win this award hands down: However, he misses out on the award because of his lack of work-rate, but without his goals we would have been relegated. The winner in-fact is Sam Deering again because he has been the one player who has been consistent the whole season, while his passion and determination is unrivalled. His versatility has seen him play in a number of midfield position, and he has chipped in a few goals and assists along the way.
Team of the season: Dean Brill; Jordan Mustoe, Michael Hector, Paul Downing, Danny Senda; Ricky Holmes, Sam Deering, Mark Hughes, Mark Byrne; Izale McLeod, Ben May
Goal of the season: Mark Hughes vs Burton Albion
Save of the season: Dean Brill vs Burton Albion
Miss of the season: Charlie Taylor vs Northampton Town
Chant of the season: “I’ve seen Charlie Taylor score… three times” vs Gillingham
Quote of the season: Lawrie Sanchez-“This win puts Northampton Town eight points behind us and I can’t see them winning three more games more than us.”
Signing of the season: Michael Hector
Game of the season: Barnet 4-0 AFC Wimbledon
Worst game of the season: Barnet 0-4 Bradford City
Most improved player of the season: Ricky Holmes
Young player of the season: Sam Deering
Player of the season: Sam Deering
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