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Edgar Davids disappointed with Barnet's failure to make most of first-half dominance against Nuneaton Town
A disappointed Edgar Davids pointed the finger at his Barnet side for not being clinical enough after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Nuneaton Town this afternoon.
The Bees played well enough in the first half to be comfortably clear at the break but all they had to show for their dominance was Jake Hyde’s close-range finish for his fourth goal of the season.
Their failure to score at least one more was punished shortly before half-time when Andrew Brown equalised after Nuneaton had offered very little in an attacking sense during the opening period.
The second half was more even as the visitors gained a greater foothold in midfield but with few chances for either side, Davids was left to rue his side’s failure to make the most of their superiority before the interval.
Asked if he was satisfied with the result, the Bees head coach replied: “Absolutely not. I think we lost two points today. I think we shot ourselves in the foot.”
When questioned about the timing of Nuneaton’s goal, Davids responded: “I think that is a consequence if you’re not sharp. We created enough chances – and not even counting the half chances we had – and that would have [given us control of] this game after 20 minutes.
"If you don’t do so then you know in football they’re going to get one back and that’s what happened. Then in the second half, they played better than the first. We were still providing difficulties to score a goal but that’s football and that’s why I’m disappointed.”
He added: “It’s very simple. If you play this well in the first half and you have so many chances you have to be clinical and that’s what we have to be. If you get the chance, then the thing is don’t underestimate nobody in this league and if you have the opportunity to score three goals you have to do that. If you don’t, they can play as well.”
This was the first of two games in three games for the Bees as they travel to Braintree Town on Monday and Davids suggested there “could be” changes after the same XI was fielded from last weekend’s 2-1 win at Gateshead.
He said: “I want to see who’s fit 100 per cent and evaluate the game and see if our players are up to standard and ready and I will make a decision on Monday. “
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