Brentford's Ollie Watkins apologised for diving in Monday night's 3-3 FA Cup tie according to Barnet boss Darren Currie.

Non-league Barnet came from behind twice to secure a replay against their Championship opponents following a thrilling fourth-round affair at the Hive.

Shaq Coulthirst's second-half brace cancelled out Watkins' opener and had given them a the lead before he was adjudged to have been fouled by David Tutonda in the box.

Neal Maupay made no mistakes from the spot and when Sergi Canos finsihed a sweeping move the west London Bees thought they bagged the victory.

Despite Dan Sparkes superb free-kick earned Barnet a replay, it was Ollie Watkins 'dive' that many were left talking about.

Watkins, who had earlier scored the game's opener, fell under pressure from David Tutonda in the Barnet box, but TV replays suggested there was no contact. Neal Maupay converted from the spot.

"It was a wonderful dive," said Currie.

"What nailed it for me is that the boy apologised to our full-back once they had scored and were running back to the half-way line.

"That tells me everything I need to know."

Brentford manager Thomas Frank however had a different view of the incident.

"He is one of the most honest players I know, and he wouldn't dive on purpose," said Frank.

"If things go against them, they talk about diving, but for me he is not a diver."

Second half to remember

The second-half controversy was one of a series of flashpoints in a compelling tie.

After Brentford hit a post twice in the opening period, Watkins scored five minutes before the interval.

Coulthirst then scored two goals in 192 second-half seconds to put Barnet ahead.

The spot-kick enabled Brentford to get back into the tie and Sergi Canos then looked to have put the game out of reach when he gave the visitors the lead with a fine breakaway goal.

But Sparkes somehow managed to get his free-kick up and over the wall and into the back of the net with 15 minutes remaining.

"It was a great moment, and a wonderful free-kick at any level," added Currie, following his first permanent game in charge of the non-league outfit.

"I know Dan has got that in his left foot. He probably hasn't shown it as often as he would have liked but I knew what he was capable of.

"He is a dead-ball specialist and I am pleased he chose tonight to put one into the top corner."

Barnet, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, will travel to Griffin Park next week with a trip to Swansea awaiting them in the fifth round if they can provide another upset.