A scoreless draw at Northampton Town at almost any time in the season would ordinarily be considered a reasonable result, but Barnet are in a situation where anything less than three points is deemed disappointing.
Who knows come the crunch if this point won will be significant come the end of the season tally-up, but Temporary Manager Paul Fairclough was able and willing to start with two out and out strikers in Izale McLeod and a fit-again Steve Kabba in a 4-4-2 formation.
Barnet clearly set out with the intent of winning this fixture.
Barnet started as they did at Aldershot, with Mark Marshall on the right of midfield and with Glen Southam on the left. The only change being the introduction of Kabba, with Mauro Vilhete taking up a place on the substitutes' bench.
Barnet were much the superior team in the first half and were working hard all over the pitch to put pressure on the home side. Clovis Kamdjo hit the woodwork twice in as many seconds in one attack and it looked a matter of time before the Bees took a lead.
Northampton, in all likelihood after a stern talking to at half-time, produced a better display in the second period as Barnet's goal threat lessened. This was despite the introduction of Vilhete and Charlie Taylor as Barnet tried to use the solid platform they had established for themselves as a launch pad for a stab at the three points.
Jake Cole produced an excellent save in the second half and Paul Rodgers up from the right back position got in a few good deliveries from the wing.
In the final analysis neither side did enough to secure a victory, but the Bees could be pleased with their work-rate and their ability to nullify anything Northampton could muster. And this was acknowledged by the travelling 352 Barnet fans at the end of the match by the players, the result however leaving a slightly sour taste because they Bees had come up short, albeit marginally, from the task they had set for themselves.
The Bees are at home to Torquay United next Saturday.