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Barnet boss Mark Robson insists he and his players will keep fighting for a win, starting with Southend on Saturday
Barnet boss Mark Robson insists he is still the man to get the Bees out of trouble after a 2-1 defeat to Exeter leaves his side rooted to the bottom of League Two and without a win this season.
Goals in each half from Exeter’s Jamie Cureton put the visitors two up before Barnet’s Jake Hyde pulled one back late on.
The Bees had the ball in the net four minutes from time and thought they had grabbed a point but the referee adjudged there to have been a foul by David Stephens in the build-up.
The defeat is Barnet’s eighth of the season and leaves them winless with just two points from ten games.
But Robson believes his side’s luck will turn and is adamant he is still the right man for the job.
“I’m very confident I’m the man to do it and I think I’ve got the players to do it as well,” he said.
“It’s tough at the moment, we’re not getting the rub of the green – tonight we hit the post and it’s gone inside the post and come out again and then on Saturday we had a man sent off after we went a goal up and we had Ishmail (Kamara) come off with a dislocated shoulder.
“But we have to keep on fighting and I’m going to keep fighting because I want to see the club move up the table and that’s going to be an even tougher job now but I’ve got no doubts I’m the man to do it.”
Barnet controlled periods of the game against Exeter with their midfield duo of Ahmed Abdulla and Clovis Kamdjo seeing a lot of the ball, but the Bees struggled to convert possession in midfield into genuine chances in the final third.
Robson told his players after the match they needed to play at a higher tempo with more runners in behind.
“I think we had loads of possession, certainly in the first half, and we couldn’t break them down - that was the story of the game, we had a lack of conviction and a lack of real quality,” Robson said.
“I told the players we never had enough tempo about us in the first half or enough willing runners in behind to really penetrate and force them to defend more - we just did everything in front of them.
“In the second half we got into better positions to get crosses in the box, which is where the goal came from, but the overall quality wasn’t there – it is there, I know it’s there, but it just wasn’t there tonight.”
Robson replaced Oliver Lee with Andy Yiadom at half-time to try and give his side more width going forward and Jordan Brown increasingly looked to push on from full-back.
The result was more sustained pressure and a greater number of crosses coming in from out wide but Barnet still struggled to trouble a disciplined Exeter defence.
The Bees will play weaker opposition in most of their games this season, a point not lost on Robson.
He said: “Exeter are a very good side – they’ve obviously come down from League One last season and we knew it was going to be a difficult game.
“They’ve got some extremely good players and in Cureton a striker who has been renowned for scoring goals throughout his career.
“I just felt we could do more, there is more from us but unfortunately we just didn’t see enough of the qualities that we have.”
Barnet’s search for a win continues with a trip to Southend on Saturday.