Barnet interim boss Gary Anderson described his side’s first half performance in their 3-1 defeat to Yeovil Town as “just dreadful” and said his players did not know what they were supposed to be doing until half time.

Yeovil produced a devastating first-half display in the match on Saturday to push the beleaguered Bees another step closer to relegation from the National League.

Goals from Tom Knowles, Charlie Lee and Josh Neufville settled a one-sided contest before the break as the hosts coasted to a 3-1 victory, winning for the first time in four games.

Yeovil might have been in front after only six minutes when Chris Dagnall was played in by a misplaced Barnet header, but he was denied by some last-ditch defending.

The hosts had only four more minutes to wait, though, as Knowles thundered in a long-range effort to cap a fine counter-attack.

Knowles was involved in Yeovil’s second after 24 minutes as his deep cross was flicked on by Reuben Reid into the path of Lee, who fired home on the volley.

Carl Dickinson saw a scuffed effort cleared off the line before Yeovil made it three in the 34th minute, Neufville weaving his way through the Barnet defence to score.

The hosts took their foot off the gas in the second half and Themis Kefalas pulled one back with his first goal for Barnet in the 68th minute, but it was no more than a consolation.

Speaking to the club website after the match, Anderson said he was disappointed by what his players had produced, particularly in the first half, after working on a game plan throughout the week.

“The first 30 minutes of the first half are what went wrong,” said Anderson.

“We had a plan and we just didn’t use what we thought we should’ve done in the first 30 minutes, it was just dreadful, it really was. Too many gaps. players probably not putting in the effort that they should’ve done.

“I’m disappointed because we worked on it all week, on what we were going to do, and it wasn’t until half time that everybody realised what we should’ve been doing. There were just too many gaps, we gave them so much time and three goals from distance in the first 35 minutes I think it was, it’s a mountain after that.”