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Devonshire admits Maidenhead United did not deserve anything from Barnet contest

Alan Devonshire felt Maidenhead United were denied a blatant penalty during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Barnet, but admits they didn’t play anywhere near well enough to take something from the game.

The Magpies gradually got to grips with a Barnet side relegated from League 2 last season, but were punished for their inability to clear their lines when Josh Walker fired home the game’s only goal in the third minute.

The Bees looked the slicker, sharper outfit at The Hive and that clearly rankled with Devonshire during his post-match interview.

“I’m disappointed in the way we played,” he said.

“We didn’t play as well as we have been playing. There’s no difference, we just didn’t play well today.

“They beat us 1-0, it could have been 2-0 with their penalty.

“We could have had a penalty in the first half which I thought was a blatant one. Listen it didn’t (go for us).

“We’ve given a goal away in the first three minutes. To be fair there weren’t a lot of chances in the whole game for either side after that.

“I don’t think it was a good game to watch.”

Devonshire is convinced Josh Kelly should have been awarded a penalty, when his legs were taken from him preparing to shoot in the first half, and went on to say that those tight decisions often go against the smaller clubs in the National League.

“At the end of the day you sometimes get them (decisions),” he said. “We’ve had two penalties against us this season, and we haven’t had one yet.

“That’s what happens when you’re a small club.

“I’m not saying that’s the situation here, but I know from when I was at Braintree that you don’t get penalties like the bigger clubs do.

“If it was it was, if it wasn’t I don’t know. Josh said he’d had his legs taken away. I asked the boy, he’s an honest boy.

“But listen I don’t think we played well or deserved to get something from the game.”

The Magpies’ manager made all three of his substitutions midway through the second half, with Herson Alves, James Akintunde and Max Worsfold all thrown into the fray, the latter having the Magpies’ best opportunity with a hooked volley from Kelly’s cross.  

“They defended well but we just lacked quality,” said Devonshire.

“The ball into the box was always hitting the first man or going out of play. It was just one of those days today.

“We dust ourselves down and go again but I’m just very disappointed.

“We’d been passing it well but we didn’t pass it at all well today. In the last third we chose the wrong options.”

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