Date: 22nd April 2013 at 8:50pm
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Barnet’s desperately needed win over Wycombe at the weekend was only secured thanks to a last gasp penalty save.

The last ever game that Barnet were to play at Underhill, the home of 106-years, could have ended in a 1-1 draw had it not been for Graham Stack’s penalty save to secure the 1-0 win.

He, as he told BBC London 94.9, was left concerned when the spot kick was awarded but backed his ability to save Joel Grant’s effort. He said: ‘As Barnet tend to, we like to throw up surprises. That was certainly one. When the ref pointed to the spot my heart sunk.

‘But I am a confident person and a confident keeper. I believe on my day I am capable of saving anyone’s penalty.’

Video analysis, which is a common practice these days, wasn’t undertaken ahead of this game for once, he added: ‘It’s funny because my record before I came to Barnet was very good. It is not an ideal scenario – being 1-0 up, nothing to do the whole game and it seemed as if the clock was running down.

‘We have conceded about 11 penalties this season and I have been told by Omar, our video analyst, where penalty takers tend to go.

‘Having not saved one, he didn’t tell me about Wycombe. I did it off my own back so I had a little joke with him after the game.

‘He has been a massive help to me but it was on my shoulders and make-or-break. Fortunately I went the right way and saved it.’

How important will that penalty prove to be? At 5pm on Saturday afternoon the answer to that question will be known.

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