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League Two

Bees progress delights Davids

21 November 2012

Player-coach Edgar Davids is convinced Barnet are moving in the right direction despite slipping back to the foot of npower League Two following a 2-2 home draw with Oxford.

Bees striker Jake Hyde's double earned the Bees a point at Underhill against their fellow strugglers.

Hyde finished past Ryan Clarke with 20 minutes remaining, cancelling out Andrew Whing's first U's goal which came just a minute into the second half.

Goals were exchanged in the space of a minute in the first half, Hyde's fifth-minute header bringing a quick response from Chris Wilder's side as Sean Rigg volleyed home almost straight from the kick-off.

But Davids, who was unavailable through suspension, was satisfied with his team's performance.

"I think Oxford have a really good side and where they are in the table doesn't reflect their qualities," said Davids. "I think they are a top side and I am really happy that we also showed we can play as well as a top side like Oxford.

"The thing is our progression is good. We could have won the game and I feel a lot of positive things to go ahead with the system we played and the things that we are doing right now. The two teams below us in the table won and it is going to be like a little dance as to who gets out of the relegation zone."

Wilder was also content with a point, but agonised over a Johnny Mullins' header in the final minute of stoppage-time that hit both posts and landed in Bees goalkeeper Graham Stack's arms.

"It was a tough night but we got a good reaction from going a goal behind and then got our noses in front and you have to give them a bit of credit," he said. "In the end we thought we had won in the 94th minute but this result is a start for us.

"We have plenty of enthusiasm and desire to do well. We are disappointed not to go on and win it but we have to dust ourselves down and go again."

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