Barnet boss Darren Currie says the side “haven’t got enough quality” in front of goal after they suffered a late defeat against Stockport County on Saturday.

The Bees dominated the game and should have been home and dry by half-time. They did take the lead after 70 minutes through Ephron Mason-Clarke’s goal, but late goals from Elliot Osborne and Frank Mulhern turned it around for Stockport.

Speaking to the club website, Currie said: “I’m just boring myself, I know I get criticised for it, but it’s both boxes. [We had] opportunities to have the game well and truly out of sight. Even their manager said at the end that the game should have been over at half-time.

“We haven’t got enough quality in front of goal at the minute. At 1-0 up, the opposition have still got an opportunity to get back in the game. They only need that one chance.

“They have one or two chances and taken two, we’ve had several chances and only taken one. It’s the same old scenario. What frustrates me is the amount of work we do on it. We don’t leave any stone unturned, me and Junior [Lewis]. We’re big on finer detail. It would obviously suggest otherwise because we keep getting undone by it.”

Barnet’s inability to defend set-pieces has been well-highlighted this season, with Currie regularly criticising that aspect of his side’s play, and it was a corner that was their undoing in the final minute on Saturday as Mulhern bundled the ball over the line.

Currie said: “I’m really frustrated because we should have won the game, but we haven’t defended a set-piece well enough, haven’t had people brave enough to get the first touch on it. It doesn’t matter about size, it doesn’t matter about physicality, it’s about being brave enough to protect your goal.

“I’d have been standing here cheesed off with a point to be honest, but to come away with nothing, I’m really frustrated and bitterly disappointed. There’s got to be some change at this club over the next few months, maybe next summer. People might suggest that it’s me that needs to be changed but while I’m here I’ll continue trying to do the best I can for the club.

“Change certainly needs to happen because we need people that are a little bit more passionate about playing for this club. Passion can be played out in many ways, and I need to start seeing a bit of passion when the opposition have got a set-piece or a corner, and I’m not seeing enough of it.”

Despite the loss, Currie did reserve some praise for his side’s counter-attacking abilities and the overall threat they provided going forward, and he was also happy with the performance of goal-scorer Mason-Clarke.

He said: “I thought he played well. He was a bit of a threat the entire game and it was a great goal that gave us the lead. He’s got to work on his end product but it’s something we’re constantly working on.

“We looked solid and we played some good stuff today on the counter attack. We looked a real threat going forward. I’m just gutted that I stand here having watched that game and find ourselves on the wrong side of the result.”