John Still criticised Barnet’s “negative” second half display after Leyton Orient ended the Bee’s five game unbeaten run in the National League at the weekend.

The Bees had climbed up to ninth place in the table and could have moved into the Play Off places if they had managed to beat Justin Edinburgh’s side at Brisbane Road, but second half strikes from James Dayton and Macauley Bonne secured the O’s a 3-1 win.

With Barnet still without a number of players through injury, Still made two changes to the side which beat Maidenhead United the previous week with Jack Barham and David Tutonda replacing Joe Payne and Byron Harrison.

Following a slow start to the game, which saw Barnet fall behind to Josh Coulson’s 11th minute opener, Still’s side largely matched their opponents and they went in on level terms at the break thanks to Wes Fonguck’s excellent 25-yard strike which flew into the top corner.

Fonguck tried his luck from range again after the break, but the introduction of James Alabi and Dale Gorman for the hosts seemed to turn the game on its head.

Dayton put the O’s back in front with just over 20 minutes remaining when he was allowed to cut in and send a lovely strike into the top corner and Bonne would make it three, when he smashed home at the second time of asking after his initial effort had hit the post.

In the end, Orient should have won by a larger margin, with Alabi wasting two good opportunities late on for the hosts, and Bee’s boss Still cut a frustrated figure following the final whistle.

He said: “There’s plenty of positives to take but this game is all about winning football matches. We’re not Barcelona, Manchester City, Inter Milan, or PSG, we’re Barnet. We have to play as a team from the start to the finish of the game.

“We haven’t got the individuals to win games on their own. The team has got to win the game so the team has to function. For an hour the team functioned, but that isn’t good enough and I’m not happy with it.

“It was a disappointing result. For an hour I thought we were excellent. I thought we were outstanding in fact. We spoke at half-time about being away from home and if they scored first in the second half, the crowd was going to lift. If we scored first, then the crowd might get at them a little bit and I thought we were in reasonable control of the game.

“Ten minutes of negative play, where we played square passes in our own half when we don’t have to play square passes, has given them the opportunity to score goals against us. They’re a good side but so are we.

“We haven’t got all of our options open to us injury wise so we have to be sensible in the way we play, which we were. Then all of a sudden we became a negative team and played into their hands, which they made full value of and won the game.”