Martin Allen to turn to youth after Barnet lose to Exeter

Martin Allen to turn to youth after Barnet lose to Exeter

Barnet manager Martin Allen will give youth a chance after his side's 4-1 defeat to Exeter stretched their winless streak in Sky Bet League Two to six games.

The Bees, who have won just once at home this season, looked on course to add to that tally when John Akinde scored his eighth goal of the campaign after 12 minutes.

But Jake Taylor's 25-yard strike before half-time and second-half goals from Lee Holmes, David Wheeler and Reuben Reid condemned Barnet to defeat.

And Allen promised to refresh the team for next week's trip to Wycombe in an effort to get out of the relegation zone.

"There's no doubt we've got some anxiety which happens when you haven't won for a little while," Allen said.

"It's a very disappointing result because for the first 40 minutes we played very well.

"It wasn't spectacular to watch but it was a good, disciplined, hard-working Barnet team and then we conceded and in the second half I thought we were very poor.

"But next week we're going to see a different Barnet team and we'll change things round a bit.

"It reminded me of when I first took over at Barnet. They hadn't won in a while and I made some changes.

"I put in some players that were hungry and that played with desire, commitment and passion, and we won.

"At the moment we are too easy to beat. We're not challenging and we're not working hard enough.

"It's not really a Barnet team in my style. We've got to get on the training pitch and be constructive."

Allen's opposite number Paul Tisdale meanwhile was able to celebrate Exeter's fourth away victory of the season, one which leapfrogs them above Barnet and out of the bottom two.

"I asked the players to commit to one or two things and I'm not surprised by the performance," Tisdale said. "It has been coming.

"The back four looked really solid. It's taken a month's work but now they've put four or five good performances together.

"We knew Barnet were going to be tough and they're a physical threat. But that means that what we did today was also tough.

"We stood up to it and competed all over the pitch.

"Players like Jake Taylor and Lee Holmes you wouldn't ordinarily say are fighters but they did their fair share and it was a really good team performance.

"Jake's goal was some strike but it came from a worked short corner and we planned on controlling the situation like that.

"It was great for Reuben to open his account too and get that monkey off his back.

"He got his chance and it was a nice penalty."