Allen - We deserved point

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Barnet manager Martin Allen feels his new side were full value for a point after they came back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with npower League Two leaders Chesterfield.

Substitute Sam Deering grabbed both goals and he levelled matters in bizarre fashion in the third minute of added time when his attempted cross eluded Spirites goalkeeper Tommy Lee and nestled in the bottom corner.

Allen said: "It didn't think it was justified when we went 2-0 down because we had things cleared off the line in the first half. Coming into the game it was a challenge and a difficult one to face up to, but my God didn't they play well? The players have been absolutely fantastic - their attitude, their dedication has been inspirational to me."

He added: "I cannot believe the unity and the spirit that that team showed in the second half from 2-0 down because they dug so deep. You saw the substitutes on the side of the pitch - they're disappointed not to be playing - but didn't all the squad play their part?

"It was only what they deserved - the minimum of a point. I could not see for the life of me some of the decisions the referee was giving against us, some were just weird.

"But in the second half the quality and the tenacity the players showed and overall you've got to be happy."

Chesterfield boss John Sheridan believes his side were made to pay for a lack of self belief.

Sheridan said: "We had chances that you would expect us to score, especially the chance Craig (Davies) had a 2-1 late on because that would have won us the game.

"I thought we did well because it was an open game on a pitch that was very uneven and bobbly.

"We had to defend well but the goals are poor on our part and it should have been about professional and seeing the game out. I am not going to have a go at the players because the game was there to be won."

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