Barnet boss Dean Brennan was full of praise for his side after their excellent 2-0 win over National League strugglers Woking on Saturday, writes Tom Norton.

Summer signing Zak Brunt fired the Bees in front inside 16 minutes, before doubling their lead just five minutes into the second half.

Brennan was impressed with Brunt’s performance, but preferred to focus on the collective response his group of players exhibited at the Hive after letting a three-goal lead slip at Eastleigh in midweek.

“I thought we were excellent, from minute one to minute 96,” said Brennan.

“I know they hit the crossbar twice, one was from distance and one from a corner as well, but I thought we played really well. Our phases of play were excellent, and the lads are taking on board the instructions we’re giving them on the training ground.”

Brennan was also keen to point out that his side need to be more ruthless throughout the season if they have any chance of repeating the feats of last season’s top two.

“I don’t think Laurie (Walker) has made a save today. In four games I think Laurie has made three saves. That’s how dominant we’ve been in the games," he added.

"But we’ve got to be ruthless, if we want to be like the Notts Countys and the Wrexhams we need to be more ruthless.

“We weren’t ruthless enough against Eastleigh, but I thought our performance was outstanding. Once the performances are good and we keep playing on the front foot, we keep being brave and getting on the ball, I think we’ll be alright.”

The Bees head coach was also pleased with his side’s ability to overcome the challenges of facing up to some of the most difficult teams in the division.

Asked whether he prefers to stick to this own game plan or adapt depending on the opponent, Brennan gave an interesting tactical insight into some of his decision making.

“We tweak things, but we always want to get on the ball,” said Brennan.

“Sometimes if someone’s going to press us we might go a little bit more direct and play in their half, but I though Hart (Anthony Hartigan) gave us a really outlet in midfield.

"We were able to get the ball through him which allowed us to pick off their midfield and get at their back four, so there’s loads of little tweaks we can do.”

Brennan also indicated how impressed he was with the performance of Brunt after his two excellent goals on the day.

“Brunty’s got that,” said Brennan, who was eager to point out the quality of both goals.

“My job is to make sure I coach him how to score goals. I said that to him when we bought him from Sheffield United. I think we can score goals this kid”.

Barnet now travel to east London to face Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday before hosting Ebbsfleet United on Bank Holiday Monday.