Graham Stack described the two goals Barnet conceded during their 2-1 defeat at Salisbury City as “schoolboy” and admitted the Bees are not making winning matches easy for themselves.
Chris McPhee headed the Whites ahead as he rose highest in the penalty area to head home a free kick. Barnet quickly drew level as Keanu Marsh-Brown’s cross was deftly flicked in by Jake Hyde.
Salisbury retook the lead in the second period. Theo Lewis broke through on goal only to be fouled in the penalty area by Carl Fletcher.
The Bees defender was shown a straight red card and Jamie White converted the penalty.
Barnet player/head coach Edgar Davids was then sent off after receiving a second booking for reacting to a foul by Angus McDonald.
Speaking after the defeat, Stack said: “It’s disappointing. The nature of the goals we have conceded were schoolboy. At the free kick people were not marking and it has happened time and time again this season.
“It is something we have spoken about and tried to rectify but clearly the penny hasn’t dropped.
“But we have got ourselves back in the game thanks to a cracking cross from Keanu and a great finish from Hydey.
“I thought we were the better side at the end of the first half while the second half was up and down without anyone creating anything clear cut.
“But their goal has come from a long ball and that is poor defending. That is not just Fletch but that’s from everyone because we haven’t put pressure on the ball.”
Stack continued: “To lose Fletch through the sending off and conceding the penalty meant it was going to be an uphill struggle.
“The manager getting sent off didn’t make things any easier but I can’t say the lads haven’t given everything.
“We had a tough game against Luton with ten men and today we’ve played with nine men. We are not making things easy for ourselves.”