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Edgar Davids felt his Barnet side 'forgot to play' after taking an early lead in their 3-2 victory against Hyde
Edgar Davids was disappointed with his Barnet side for squandering a two goal lead against Hyde but praised the mental strength his players showed to secure a late 3-2 victory.
Keanu Marsh-Brown had put the Bees ahead after two minutes and they went in at half time two goals in front after Mark Byrne tapped home from close range.
Barnet were poor in the second period and a brace from Liam Tomsett levelled the contest. However, Harry Crawford’s introduction from the bench proved vital as he struck the winner with six minutes remaining.
Speaking after the victory, Davids said: “We started well and got the goal. But after that we forgot to play and that was the whole problem.
“In the second half you have to do your jobs. If you don’t win the second balls or play like you know you can play then you are going to have difficulties against any team. That is what happened.”
He continued: “I don’t want to take away anything from Hyde because they did well and scored brilliant goals.
“But you also have to wonder why they didn’t do that in the first half. That is obviously because Barnet were a bit better than them.
“But we took our foot off the pedal and then they are driving forward.
“We needed to take control. We had our foot on the gas and we should have made the lead three of four nil.
“If you do that then there is no problem.”
On Crawford’s impact from the substitute’s bench, Davids added: “When you come off the bench you need to give everything and that is what he did. Not just with his goal but he pressed very well.
“Mauro (Vilhete) came on and also did well and that is what you want, it is a signal to the other players.”
The Bees have struggled to produce a consistent performance over 90 minutes this season and when asked if that could be down to the player’s mentality, Davids replied: “We got it back to 3-2 and that shows we are still strong because we bounced back. We did last at Gateshead, to come back from 1-0.
“We have showed we can come back but when you are in front you should take control and not go into the same style as your opponents.
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