Barnet boss Darren Currie spoke after his side drew 2-2 with Torquay United at The Hive London on Monday afternoon.
The hosts had to come from two goals down at half-time to seal the point after Jean-Yves Koue Niate and Armani Little both found the net before the half-hour mark. However, Barnet hit back in the second period courtesy of Ephron Mason-Clark and Jack Taylor.
After the game, Currie praised his side’s second half fight back but gave a brutally honest review of a disappointing first period:
“It certainly couldn’t have gotten any worse, they were absolutely pathetic in the first half. What they’ve got to understand is I want us to be a passing team and you’ve got to identify the right times to pass it.
“In the first half, it was clear that they wanted to press us and we, for that first 15 minutes, weren’t good enough to play through their press. We weren’t intelligent enough to stop doing the wrong things.
“We played into their hands so in the second half, we asked them to play forward more and play in the opposition’s half because what we’ve got in Loach is a goalkeeper with great kicking attributes, so we need to use that a bit more.
“It doesn’t always have to be pretty from the back. Sometimes there’s going to be games where we can play around people and play through people.
“However, we’ve got to be bright enough identify that if their pressing us, we’ve got to play forward a bit more. We were absolutely dumb in the first half, bad decision making and a real lack of energy.
“I’ve asked them what we could have done better in the second half and none of them really spoke about football things, they just said ‘work harder’ and ‘fought a bit harder.’ It’s amazing.
“When you work hard and you fight for each other, things start to fall for you and in the end, we should have won the game but the first half, rubbish, not good enough.”