Barnet head coach Darren Currie hailed his side’s performance as “magnificent” as they claimed their third clean sheet in a row with a 0-0 draw away at Salford City.

The home side were on a run of four consecutive wins prior to this game, but the Bees held firm to take a point back to North London, and Currie was particularly thankful to his defence.

“There’s loads of plusses from today,” Currie told the club’s website after the game. “We’ve kept a clean sheet and I’ve been informed that only two sides have done that here this season so that’s a credit to everyone, but in particular our back four and our goalkeeper, who were very solid today.

“I knew they had to compete up against two decent forwards that didn’t stop, and then they brought on two more decent forwards as well so credit to the back four and Mark [Cousins] and the team as well.”

“The credit goes to everyone because they’ve all worked immensely hard, but certainly the back four have had to withstand a lot of aerial balls and set-pieces and credit to them, I thought they were magnificent.”

While it was a well-earned point, Barnet had more than enough opportunities to win the game themselves, with Shaq Coulthirst perhaps spurning the best of the chances when he was denied by the fingertips of Chris Neal.

On their lack of potency in front of goal, Currie said: “Maybe it could have been three points if we’d have just been a bit neater and tidier in front of goal with our finishing and our final touch or final ball.

“I feel like I’m on repeat again but we were very solid at one end. With a bit more ruthlessness at the other then we’ll turn performances like that into wins.”

With an extended run in the FA Cup and also the FA Trophy, the Bees have had a busy National League schedule in recent weeks in order to catch up on their games, and Currie was pleased with the way his side dug in and earned their point despite the heavy amount of games they’ve played and they still have coming up.

He said: “It’s very pleasing, that’s why we’ve had to shuffle the team about a little bit today, to freshen it up. I left Wes [Fonguck] out today – he’s not done anything wrong, he’s been playing well and I’m a huge fan of his but we needed to freshen it today and I might have to consider it again on Tuesday.

“We’ve finished off today with Simeon [Akinola] playing through the middle, he’s getting somewhere close to full fitness. We also had Andre [Boucard] in the 10 because he’d ran out of puff so we tried to give him less legwork.

“That’s all part and parcel of it but they’re all in there together and pleased for each other. We’ll have to maybe shuffle it about on Tuesday but credit to everyone.”

Currie’s side host relegation-threatened Aldershot Town tomorrow night, with kick-off at 7.45pm at The Hive.