Barnet 1-3 Grimsby
Barnet boss Martin Allen has admitted his side need to learn from Saturday defeat to Grimsby as they try to stay in the title hunt.
The 3-1 defeat at The Hive saw the sides lead at the top of the Vanarama Conference cut to just one point.
Barnet will feel hard done by as they came unstuck by two stoppage-time goals from Mariners' skipper Craig Disley and substitute Jon-Paul Pittman after Conor Clifford drew level with a spectacular strike.
This defeat means Grimsby have done the double of Barnet this season and after the game Allen was insistent that this will be a learning curve for his side/
He said: “We need to try and learn - that is the key point. We can’t brush it under the table and say everything is fantastic because it is not.
“We have got work to do, we have got to learn from what we have done. Most importantly, my role is to help and support the players and guide them through these tricky waters.
“More than anything the players are desperate to get a win. They have worked really hard in training through the week.
“They are a very conscientious group of people. It is not as if they turn up late and mess around and couldn’t care less. They are as anxious as everybody else and it is my job to keep them calm and keep them cool.
“We have to take a few deep breaths, get back on the training pitch and get onto the next game at Altrincham.”
Despite ultimately losing the game, Allen was happy with his side’s performance and was able to reflect on a game that both sides would have felt they could win.
He added: “It was a funny game, really, wasn’t it?
“They dominated in the first half and then the second half we got on top. The players said that the wind once again was a big factor and made it difficult to get in behind the opposition.
“We’ve lost two players again through injury today with Togwell coming off and Dave Stephens having to come off which has obviously ruffled the pack so to speak, and that makes it difficult.
“But I thought that we played superbly well in the second half and their goalkeeper made a couple of brilliant saves at 1-1. To concede two late goals, let’s not kid ourselves - that is bitterly disappointing at that stage.”
The Bees will hope for more luck next week when they travel to 15th placed Altrincham as they attempt to return to winning ways and maintain their stay at the top of the table.