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Match Reaction: Lee Barnard disappointed at draw with Bury

25 October 2014

Southend United striker Lee Barnard – like his manager – was a frustrated man, as Blues let a one-goal lead slip at home to Bury in Sky Bet League Two.

The forward partnered Barry Corr up front, with Corr scoring the opener before Bury hit back in the second half.

And Barnard admits his side need their luck to change following their five-game winless run in the division.

“It was a tough game today and a hard fought point,” Barnard said.

“It was good to play up front with Baz. It went well I thought and hopefully we'll get more opportunity. We haven't done it too much so hopefully the more we can play together, the better understanding we'll get.

“We're disappointed but we get the point and move on,” the 30-year-old continued.

“It started quite scrappy, we then got the goal and started playing. Half time came too soon for us. We came out the second half and it was scrappy again, but after they scored, the reaction was good.”

Barnard – who returned to the starting linup for Blues after coming off the bench at Newport County in midweek – is adament that his side should have had a penalty just moments after the Bury equaliser after David Worrall was taken down in the box by Tom Kennedy.

“The penalty was a stonewaller, from where I was,” he said.

“You can often tell by the reaction of the players and it should have been a penalty. The ref hasn't given it and hopefully the next one will go our way.

“Every team goes through some dodgy spells. Once we get a result, hopefully we can go on a run. That's how it's going at the moment and hopefully we'll get the rub of the green, and things just dropping for us soon enough.”

And Barnard is aiming to help get Blues back to winning ways in the league when Phil Brown takes his side to Mansfield Town next Saturday.

“I remember playing against them last season and it will be another tricky game. Mansfield will be difficult opponents. Hopefully we'll prepare well, have a good week in training and get the three points.”

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