Barnet player-manager Edgar Davids revealed how a half-time dressing down inspired striker Dani Lopez to a second-half hat-trick which saw off Morecambe in fine style.

Lopez's treble in addition to the Bees' opener from Luke Gambin more than cancelled out 10-man Morecambe's first-half opener from Jack Redshaw, with the home side triumphing 4-1.

And Davids, who himself was guilty of missing a gilt-edged chance in the opening period, was delighted with his side's turnaround, in particular his Spanish hat-trick hero.

"This game has set a benchmark for us of how far we have grown up to now," the Dutchman said. "At half-time I told everyone more of the same but also give another 20%. It worked because we were more determined to score.

"I was pleased with Dani Lopez in the second half but not in the first half. He came too deep in midfield, he caused more trouble than helped and the link-ups were not tidy. There were words exchanged at half-time but you see with Lopez, even though for me he didn't play a brilliant game, with his extra quality he can just pull a rabbit out of the hat all of a sudden.

"The goal we gave away was really soft, we spoke about it before the game and still made the same mistake that's not good. It's always a bit of risk to play with youngsters because you never know what you're going to expect, it's like a box of chocolates but this time they were sweet."

Redshaw's cool finish from a long clearance had put the Shrimps a goal to the good at the interval. But after the break it was all the Bees as Gambin levelled from Lopez's pass before the Spaniard took over, firing in a hat-trick that included a penalty after goalkeeper Barry Roche was given his marching orders for hauling down Gambin.

And Jim Bentley could not hide his embarrassment at the final whistle as Barnet pulled three points clear of the relegation zone.

"A disappointing day for us and a bit embarrassing to be fair," he said. "That's not one of our performances. We we're just all over the park and it was a bad day at the office. We've been doing well of late and we've tried to keep everything nice and positive all week.

"They pinned us in our half, we're 1-0 up they have had a couple of chances but I always thought we were going to score another one. When we lost against Plymouth tactically it was wrong, here everything was correct."