Outplayed by a League Two team
It was only the Carabao Cup, but losing this easily against League Two opposition who included two unlamented Posh players in their starting line-up was rather worrying.
The hope will be a kick up the backside is duly delivered and the return of Steven Taylor and Anthony Grant to the team will inspire and motivate for the more important stuff to follow.
Certainly ex-Posh men Ricardo Santos and Shaquile Coulthirst enjoyed their return to the ABAX.
Santos won his physical battle with the Posh strikers and a verbal skirmish with home fans, while Coulthirst scored from the penalty spot to kill off Posh 10 minutes into the second half.
Until that moment Posh were threatening a fightback from their 2-1 half-time deficit after making a welcome switch to a 4-4-2 formation.
Santos assisted on JeanLouis Akpa-Akpro’s opening goal and a superb passing move enabled Mauro Vilhete to shoot Barnet back in front after a fine equaliser from Gwion Edwards.
Chris Forrester really should have shot Posh ahead 60 seconds after Edwards’ strike, but Barnet were worthy winners even though goalkeeper Jamie Stephens made some fine stops after the break. He pushed one Ryan Tafazolli header onto the crossbar.