Edgar Davids admitted he didn't know if he scored Barnet's crucial second goal against Southend United

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Edgar Davids had “mixed feelings” about Barnet’s performance in the Bees 2-0 victory against Southend United and stated he didn’t know if he scored the crucial second goal.

Jake Hyde had headed Barnet ahead in the first half but the Bees struggled in the second period and came under increased pressure from the Shrimpers.

However, with six minutes remaining, Davids’ side added a second. A deep cross from Andy Yiadom found the Dutch midfielder at the back post.

His low shot was saved by Paul Smith and the ball bounced across the goalmouth before Dani Lopez smashed home.

“To be honest I don’t know if I scored,” Davids admitted after the game. “I went for the ball 100 per cent and after I had done that, I had to watch where I was going because I went into the stands.

“So I couldn’t see what happened to be fair.”

On the Bees display Davids continued: “I have mixed feelings about the performance. I think we didn’t have enough patience and enough speed on the ball in the last 15 minutes.

“But it is difficult for another team to press our system because they can’t press for 90 minutes. They will eventually leave holes and then we have some time to play.

“We get a goal and it puts them on the back foot. So it gives you a chance because then they come and they have to get the equaliser.

“So that gives us more space to play.”

Mauro Vilhete was handed his first Barnet start this season and the young winger, who had spent time on loan at Boreham Wood earlier in the campaign, produced an assured display.

Davids said the decision to start the 19-year-old was a tactical one.

He explained: “Most of the time Southend played one against one at the back. So if you have somebody that is quick then all you need to do is to get him into the space.

“He did well for us. He is new to the system and next time I hope he can do better. We always hope players can do better. But it was a good test for him and I hope he develops himself in the future.”

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