Manager Mark Robson admits Barnet need a win - and fast - after their nightmare start to the season continued with a home defeat to Exeter.

Goals in each half from Jamie Cureton did the damage for the Grecians who, despite a late fightback from the Bees led by a strike from Jake Hyde, took all three points. The loss leaves Barnet rock-bottom of the table with just two points from their opening 10 games, and Robson accepts his side are desperate for three points at Southend this weekend.

"They are all tough games, there are no easy games in this division so Southend will be a tough game," he said. "I was disappointed, I just felt we didn't do enough as a group. We were a bit naïve both in terms of some of the younger players and the older players."

He continued: "Overall it needs to be better, especially after a couple of decent performances. For all our possession we never cut them open and we need to roll our sleeves up and go into a battle with Southend - we need to win a game. I hope it will be on Saturday because we need to get that win.

"We were a bit open after going a goal down and certainly when we went 2-0 and we needed to get back into it. We did look a bit open at times but overall it has been quite decent at the back and the last few games we have been quite solid. We started very well in the first half but we just didn't create anything - we never exploited in behind them."

For Exeter, victory came after back-to-back defeats and left boss Paul Tisdale purring with delight at the performance of his two-goal striker Cureton. His strikes took him to nine goals for the season and Tisdale said: "Two goals from Jamie Cureton is great. The second goal he finished off a pretty fluent move and he was in the right place at the right time.

"And the first was a very good and calm finish. When most others would have panicked in that position he slowed right down and coolly put it away.

"I never wanted to let him go in the first place but it is great that he is back. After two defeats it was important that we got a result, and it was very pleasing overall.

"For a large part of the game we were very patient and sensible and the players understand their identity when they are in those situations and how they react to them and play together.

"We had good shape and the players are going to get better the more time that we play together. The more often the players get put in that position, in terms of the pressure at the end, they are going to learn from it."