Barnet saw their lead at the Conference summit cut to four points with a 1-0 defeat at Wrexham on Saturday but head coach Martin Allen insists they won’t “pop the pills” after their third consecutive away defeat.

The Bees boast the second-best away record in the Conference across the entire season but have lost each of their last three away trips, going down at Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and now Wrexham in 2015.

Robbie Evans scored the decisive goal – the second of his career, with both coming against Barnet – before John Akinde was given his marching orders after earning a booking for simulation.

The Conference’s 26-goal-top-scorer will miss Saturday’s visit from Grimsby as a result.

Reflecting on defeat at The Racecourse Ground, Allen said: “I have always maintained that we won’t pop the champagne when we win and we won’t pop the pills when we lose. We will brush ourselves down, we will deal with it and we will try and learn from it and go onto the Grimsby game next week.

“Every game is worth three points and in the job that we do it is very important that you keep it all in perspective, take a defeat on the chin, learn from it and move onto the next one.”

Asked for his perspective on the booking which saw Akinde sent off in the second half, Allen mused: “John has said that he got tripped. We’ve seen that numerous times. I thought he had got tripped and the Wrexham subs thought that he had got tripped. But the referee didn’t see it that way so we have to accept and respect his decision and deal with it.

“It did make it difficult. But Michael Gash has been outstanding in training; he has been knocking the goals in and has shown a great attitude so he is already pushing for a starting place. I suppose now with John suspended then Gash is going to play.”

The Bees were much improved in the second half, with Luisma Villa having a sizeable impact from the bench, almost drawing the visitors level with a stunning free kick.

Sam Togwell and Charlie MacDonald both saw good chances go astray and Allen refused to be disheartened by defeat.

He pondered: “I thought that they played very well during the first half – they were better than us. In the second half I thought that we were very unlucky. We had numerous chances and opportunities but they just didn’t go in today, when through the year they have gone in.

“They rode their luck and there were a couple of decisions that went against us today which I thought were questionable but if the chances don’t go in then you don’t win the game.

“It was a brilliant save for Luisma’s free kick. The last ten minutes of the first half as well we had another couple of good chances but they didn’t go in. Today I’ve got to say that I thought that they gave everything that they’ve got but it just wasn’t enough.”

You can read the match report from Barnet’s defeat in north Wales by clicking here.