Allinson looking for ‘more professional’ performance against Havant after Eastbourne slip-up

PUBLISHED: 12:04 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:04 11 September 2017

Kieran Monlouis is unable to direct his header towards the goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Kieran Monlouis is unable to direct his header towards the goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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Ian Allinson says St Albans City need to be ‘more professional’ after letting a two-goal lead slip at home to Eastbourne Borough.

Solomon Sambou is denied by Bailey Vose. Picture: LEIGH PAGESolomon Sambou is denied by Bailey Vose. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Saints scored twice just before the break through Tom Gardiner and Zane Banton and were good value for their advantage.

However, a penalty from Emmanuel Odubade halved the deficit before Sergio Torres salvaged a 2-2 draw in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the game.

Zane Banton looking for a way through the Eastbourne defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGEZane Banton looking for a way through the Eastbourne defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

And while it brought a quick end to a two-game losing streak in Vanarama National League South, the City boss was unhappy with certain parts of the performance.

He said: “It’s a psychological blow but that’s up to me to remind the players about the positives in the performance.

Kieran Monlouis looks on as Bailey Vose blocks his shot. Picture: LEIGH PAGEKieran Monlouis looks on as Bailey Vose blocks his shot. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“First half there was so much positivity. We moved the ball well, we looked sharp and we created chance after chance.

“Yes, they look dangerous on the counter-attack, but scoring two goals just before half-time was much better than we hoped for.

Sam Merson is unable to direct his header on goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGESam Merson is unable to direct his header on goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“But it was how we managed the second half that disappoints me.

“We spoke about managing the game at length during half-time and everything we talked about we didn’t do in the second half.

Sam Merson tries to stretch the Eastbourne defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGESam Merson tries to stretch the Eastbourne defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“If you look at the goals, we conceded we haven’t defended properly but my main concern is how we’ve given the ball away cheaply in good positions, in terms of us having the ball in good areas where we can keep the ball better.

“If we do that, we win the game 2-1 and that’s where we need to be a bit more professional.

David Noble in action against Eastbourne Borough. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Noble in action against Eastbourne Borough. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“The players have got to learn quickly otherwise we’ll be on the end of that a few more times from this year.”

St Albans get an instant chance to remedy that result when they host Havant & Waterlooville at Clarence Park tomorrow (Tuesday).

Solomon Sambou in action against Eastbourne Borough. Picture: LEIGH PAGESolomon Sambou in action against Eastbourne Borough. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

And the Hawks have continued their fine form from last season, which saw promoted back into the league as Isthmian League Premier Division champions after a season out of the league.

And they now lie second in the table, four places above Saints.

Tom Gardiner battles to keep the ball for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEYTom Gardiner battles to keep the ball for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Allinson said: “They’ve continued from where they did last year. They had a great year to win promotion and it’s going to be a tough game.

“It’s a tough league, an unforgiving league, and if you don’t do the correct things and if you don’t do things professionally, you’re going to get punished.

St Albans City's Sam Merson leaps for a header. Picture: BOB WALKLEYSt Albans City's Sam Merson leaps for a header. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“Those are the things we have to go back and work on. The good thing against Eastbourne is we haven’t conceded from a set-piece, something we worked very hard on during the week.

“We’ve got a young side and we are going to make mistakes but hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and go again on Tuesday.”

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