After conceding a late goal away at Ebbsfleet United on Saturday, Barnet head coach Dean Brennan was unimpressed with his side’s ability to gain all three points.

Top scorer Nicke Kabamba put the Bees ahead just after the break before Ben Coker’s own goal just 10 minutes from time saw the away side drop more points in the National League and fall further behind leaders Chesterfield.

“We should see the game out to be honest, against a team who aren’t big on attacking restarts - they’re a more technical team really,” said the boss speaking to club's media channels.

“We gave away a rubbish goal. Obviously there’s turning points in the game. Nicke should have scored a header to make it two nil and (Zak) Brunt should have got on the end of a cross. We don’t put the game to bed, and I don’t think our goalie has made a save today.”

“They hit the inside of the post in the first half, so I’m devastated and I’ve got to be honest with you. It’s really, really frustrating.”

Despite the poor finishing on the day, Brenna was keen to point out that the return of Coker from injury will provide his squad with a timely boost during such a hectic period of the season.

“He’s an experienced player and I thought he played really well. The load of games we have – we’ve got a good squad,” he said.

“Days like today are really frustrating as I thought we were the better side throughout the majority of the game against a technical team who have a lot of phases to the way they play. They didn’t really offer a lot today and for us to concede the way we did is really frustrating.

On how his players can manage games better and react to the tide turning, Brennan spoke of how crucial fine margins can be to determine the outcome of each fixture.

“I didn’t think it was a free kick initially, but we’ve got to defend it better,” he said, referring to the free kick which led to the Ebbsfleet goal.

“More leaders – more men and our players need to step up. It’s alright getting the glory when you’ve got all the accolades, but when balls are put in your box you’ve got put your body on the line in both boxes. Brunty has a little header at the other end – doesn’t really want to score, and I love him. He’s a great kid. Obviously, we have to defend our box better.”

The Bees now look ahead to a derby on Saturday when they host Boreham Wood at the Hive, as Brennan and his players seek to make up lost ground on Bromley and Chesterfield, with the latter sitting eight points clear at the top of the National League.