Martin Allen at a loss to explain Bees' Hive displays

Martin Allen at a loss to explain Bees' Hive displays

Barnet manager Martin Allen wants his side to replicate their excellent away form at The Hive after needing a late goal to draw 1-1 with Colchester.

The equaliser eventually came eight minutes from time when Curtis Weston forced the ball home from close range.

But the Bees had trailed for 76 minutes after Tariq Fosu-Henry's sixth-minute finish had seen them punished for sloppy defending.

The Barnet boss made a change after half an hour, introducing Jamal Campbell-Ryce who tormented the Colchester defence, laying on a handful of chances which went unfinished.

But Allen bemoaned a sluggish start as Barnet struggled to establish a foothold in the game.

"It just wasn't happening," he said. "We don't play like that. This is a great place to play football with a brilliant pitch and good fanbase who make a lot of noise and they didn't get what they pay for.

"That's my responsibility. I don't know why in two home games now we haven't really played that well and in two away games - at Milton Keynes and Mansfield - we've been superb.

"Sometimes when you don't play well and you get a draw you just have to say 'we'll take that.'

"We had some counter-attacks where we got away and the final pass wasn't good enough and there were numerous set-plays which were rubbish.

"We could have kicked in those corners until the cows come home and not scored and it's something we've worked on a lot already.

"But when you don't play well and you get a point, it's a good point."

Allen's opposite number John McGreal agreed that Colchester could, and maybe should, have taken all three points back to Essex.

"I thought we were going to sneak the game," McGreal said. "The balls were coming in and we defended them quite well.

"We played really well first half - except the first 10 or 15 minutes - and then they built up a head of steam.

"But I thought we were going to iron it out and come away with the points but it didn't happen.

"The first half hour we took the bull by the horns and passed the ball and it's a great goal similar to our first last week.

"We had a couple of opportunities to go in 2-0 up but it didn't happen and the game changed second half.

"Having to take off Sammie Szmodics didn't help us and we had to change people around, and we stopped playing second half.

"We didn't press them enough and we were dealing with the balls coming into the box rather than going and stopping the crosses coming in."