Barnet boss Mark Robson heaped praise on his team after they just failed to record their first win of the season at Southend.

The Bees led 2-0 at Roots Hall with 23 minutes of the match remaining. And, despite conceding twice in the closing stages, Robson was delighted by his side's display.

"I thought our overall performance was first class," said Robson.

"We looked like a real team out there and, although we rode our luck on the odd occasion in the first half, we created enough chances ourselves to cause Southend as many problems as they caused us.

"Of course it's disappointing to have not won and Jamal Lowe had a great chance right at the end. But he was outstanding out there and he will go on to score more than he will miss and I have to be pleased by how we played."

Southend were twice denied by the woodwork in the first half as Kevan Hurst and Gavin Tomlin both had efforts hit the crossbar. But Barnet went in front in the 54th minute when Ricky Holmes netted from long range and, 11 minutes later, Jake Hyde made it 2-0 with a near post finish from Holmes' left-wing cross.

The Shrimpers hit back in the 67th minute when Freddy Eastwood smashed home a penalty after Barry Fuller had handled the ball inside the area. And, four minutes from time, Kevan Hurst rescued a point for Southend with a scuffed 12-yard volley.

However, Barnet could still have snatched it as Lowe somehow fired an injury-time effort wide of the left post from inside the six yard box and Southend manager Paul Sturrock felt his side were fortunate to avoid defeat.

"We were lucky to get a point out there," said Sturrock.

"Our shape went out the window, our decision making was poor and people were doing what they wanted out there instead of what they were being told to do. The tempo was poor as well because we should have been up and at them from the start but that wasn't the case and the only positive is that we haven't lost the game."