Main man Davids is stirred by come­back

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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

EDGAR Davids ad­mit­ted his first game in sole charge of Bar­net should have ended in dis­as­ter – be­fore rev­el­ling in his side’s stun­ning come­back.

Goals from Danny Coles and Scot Ben­nett put play-off chas­ing Ex­eter in con­trol at the break.

But Jon Nurse gave the Bees hope with a clin­i­cal fin­ish 14 min­utes from time be­fore Andy Iro sal­vaged a point with a 97th-minute lev­eller.

Head coach Davids, who was in full con­trol for the first time fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Mark Rob­son, was re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment for a dis­lo­cated shoul­der when his side launched the stir­ring come­back.

But the Dutch le­gend ad­mit­ted: “We played really badly in the first half and could have been 6-0 down at the break. That is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion.

“They really could have killed us off, but it all changed in the sec­ond half.That tells you some­thing about the spirit and men­tal­ity we have got here and now we need to build on this re­sult. I am really pleased with the come­back we made and it keeps the pro­gres­sion go­ing.

“My shoul­der popped out and I also got a stud in the face. We will have to see how I am for the next game.”

Ex­eter carved out a steady stream of chances in the first half with Matt Oak­ley forc­ing Gra­ham Stack into a smart save be­fore the former Leicester City mid­fielder fired waste­fully wide.

The home side did have the ball in the net af­ter John O’Flynn headed Alan Gow’s cross past Stack, but the lines­man im­me­di­ately flagged for off-side.

Ex­eter’s per­sis­tence fi­nally paid div­i­dends on 34 min­utes and it came courtesy of a text-book train­ing ground move.

Gow clipped a cor­ner into the six-yard box and Coles rose high­est to head past Stack for his sec­ond goal of the sea­son. Ex­eter struck a sec­ond on the stroke of half-time when Ben­nett poked home from close range af­ter Coles’ header was blocked.

The Gre­cians in­vited pres­sure as the sec­ond half pro­gressed and Bar­net pulled a goal back on 76 when sub­sti­tute Nurse latched on to John Oster’s pass be­fore plant­ing an an­gled drive past Krysiak.

And the come­back was com­pleted seven min­utes into in­jury time af­ter Iro col­lected Jake Hyde’s knock down be­fore spin­ning and scram­bling the ball over the line.

Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale fumed: “I’m sure the ref­eree had good rea­son to play eight min­utes of in­jury time. There were in­juries to Edgar Davids and Liam Ser­combe, but I of­ten watch re­plays of home games and we don’t seem to get it.

“It seemed very gen­er­ous, but there’s noth­ing I can do to change it. I still ex­pect us to de­fend well and see it out.We were ter­rific in the first half and we could eas­ily have scored four or five. I could see that we were get­ting deeper and didn’t put pres­sure on the ball. Ev­ery­one could see that.”

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