Grazioli aiming for safety

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Caretaker manager Giuliano Grazioli opted to take the positives from Barnet's 2-2 draw with Oxford and backed his side to get out of trouble with just two matches remaining.

Barnet twice held the lead at Underhill through Clovis Kamdjo and Mark Hughes only to pegged back on each occasion by James Constable, the second of which arrived in the 78th minute.

The draw means the Bees are still in the bottom two with six points to play for, one adrift of Northampton, and Grazioli said: "I can't ask for more than what I saw from the boys - they all put a shift in. We didn't create too many chances but I thought we worked hard and thoroughly deserved the draw, if not the three points."


He added: "I'm chuffed we are still in there. Five weeks ago we were nowhere near. We have still got a chance and my boys are showing the right character and if we can keep this going, we will be fine.

"It feels like we lost the game because we were winning and results were going our way so I think that is why we feel a bit down - but you`ve got to take the positives out of the game."

Oxford manager Chris Wilder saluted the battling spirit of Barnet and felt a point apiece was just reward for a hard-fought encounter.

"They are one of the form teams and I thought they gave their absolute everything for their football team and the manager, and I think we were fortunate at half-time to be level," said Wilder.

"We've gone behind to a fortuitous goal and then showed a good reaction and we created lots of chances - so I think a point each is a fair result.

"We were not going to do anybody any favours, we're an honest bunch so we came out to win the game ourselves. We played a strong team, we couldn't make many changes because we had some injuries.

"It was a good effort because we put a fantastic amount of energy into our game against Chesterfield on Saturday, and we knew Barnet had something really important to play for - so it was a good all-round competitive game in windy conditions."

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