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Simon Plumb (LKO Blogger) | 16:21 UK time, Monday, 9 May 2011

 

Late Kick Off London & SE reporter Chris Slegg

 

Chris Slegg  - Reporter Late Kick Off London & SE
Lucky toilet breaks helped Wycombe boss Gary Waddock secure promotion, and now Late Kick Off London & South East can add Barnet’s Giuliano Grazioli to the superstitious managers plying their trade in this corner of the country. 

 

With the stakes so high for his team on Saturday, Grazioli wasn’t going to risk upsetting the footballing gods ahead of Barnet’s biggest game for a decade, so he declined an interview before the game on the basis that our programme is bad luck. Fair enough, they lost last time we spoke. Or maybe it was just a polite excuse to avoid spending any time in our company on a day when everyone at the club had plenty on their plate.  

The Bees were on the verge of slipping out of the Football League and losing all the prestige and the hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of funding that accompanies that status. 

To make matters worse Barnet’s fate wasn’t even in their own hands. A win against Port Vale would only be enough to keep them in League Two if Lincoln failed to beat Aldershot. As it was Izale McLeod’s penalty 10 seconds after half time and Lincoln’s spectacular second-half collapse saw Barnet pull off a truly great escape. 

Cue jubilant scenes at Underhill, frenzied dressing room celebrations, and a young manager relieved not to have deviated from his preferred match-day rituals. Late Kick Off is also delighted if the absence of a pre-match interview did in anyway help keep Barnet in the Football League because it means BBC television will be able to continue to cover them next season, and it's fair to say there's never a shortage of stories emanating from Underhill.

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