Edgar Davids praises Barnet's battling mentality after the Bees fought back to secure a 2-2 against Exeter City

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Edgar Davids admitted his Barnet side were lucky to go in at half time just two goals behind at Exeter City but praised the Bees mental strength to fight back and claim a 2-2 draw.

The Grecians missed countless chances in the opening 45 minutes but went into the interval ahead after Danny Coles and Scot Bennett both scored from poorly defended corners.

Barnet improved in the second period and Jon Nurse, who had replaced Davids due to the Dutchman dislocating his shoulder, pulled a goal back with a well taken finish.

The Bees pushed forward in the closing stages and defender Andy Iro managed to force the ball over the line in the 97th minute to secure a point for Barnet.

“To be fair, we were very lucky because if you look at their chances we could have gone in at half time 6-0 down and I’m not exaggerating,” Davids said.

“Jon Nurse’s goal was important. If you get it back to 2-1 you put more pressure on the opponent and then anything is possible.

“If it is 2-0 then you believe in it but not as much.”

The Bees head coach continued: “In the final minutes you have to make the right decisions about how you are going to play because it is not just about getting the ball forward.

“Even then you have to get players wide to get the space and also who is going to play up front.

“You also have to take the risk of playing one against one in defence.”

The draw keeps Barnet in 21st place in League Two but the Bees are now four points clear of the relegation zone.

“It is very good for our morale but also I saw some good things in the game,” Davids said. “The last time we played away, against Gillingham who are first, I didn’t think we played that well.

“But we played really badly in the first half (against Exeter) but in the second half the personalities stood up and we showed a good mentality.”

After leaving the field for treatment midway through the second half, Davids returned to the touchline for the final stages of the contest.

When asked about his injury, the former Juventus star answered: “My shoulder and my neck hurt but we will have to see tomorrow because they think my shoulder popped out and back in.”

The Dutchman added on social networking site Twitter on Sunday: "Banged up don't think ready for the next game. Some test today and tomorrow to exclude some serious damage." 

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