Barnet's point against promotion-chasing Coventry City gave head coach Rossi Eames renewed hope for the Bees, as they ended a run of three straight league defeats against the Sky Blues.

The hosts were missing Dave Tarpey, Shaquille Coulthirst and John Akinde from their squad with injury, but ground out a deserved goalless draw at The Hive in a lunchtime kick-off.

Eames had taken his side "back to basics" in training after shipping three poor goals at Wycombe Wanderers the previous week, and their renewed determination was evident against Mark Robins' play-off side.

"It was a great, industrious performance," he said. "Solid, but a big one to build on. We had a good performance on Tuesday in the Checkatrade Trophy and another one here.

"We’ve got to take that point, cherish it and work on the training ground to make sure we keep building the way we are.

"We had to be disciplined. We had to make sure our shape was there, that we chased down and pressed and we competed and earned the right to be there.

"We went back to basics in training; it wasn’t fun, but we pressed the ball, stopped crosses, squeeze up as one and I was pleased with that."

The game saw Craig Ross finally keep his first clean sheet for the club since his summer arrival, while Ricardo Santos captained the side from centre-back, having kept regular skipper and old head Michael Nelson out of the side.

"We've all been congratulating Craig in the chainging room," said Eames. "He's been in top form since Jamie [Stephens] got ruled out.

"Ricky's had a great season too. For a 22-year-old, he's a very mature young man and I'm pleased with his progression. I signed him last Christmas and he's doing what he's there to do - stop goals."