Bailey expects City to keep winning without Frendo

Elliot Bailey celebrate his winning goal. Picture: Leigh Page

Elliot Bailey celebrate his winning goal. Picture: Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

Saturday’s match-winner against Redditch, Elliot Bailey, believes St Albans City will continue to win in John Frendo’s absence.

City’s top scorer with 36 goals, Frendo, misses the next three games, starting with Tuesday’s visit to Biggleswade, through suspension. And he could potentially miss five out of the next six games as he has nine yellow cards – one more will mean he receives a further two-match ban.

While admitting it is a huge loss, Bailey thinks other players will fill the void.

“I think we can get by without him,” he told the Herts Ad.

“We have relied on him so without him you’ll see other people come to the plate. This team will get better from him being out and when he is back everyone will be high and flying so it’s all going well heading into the last 10 games of the season.”

Bailey put himself firmly into the frame to replace Frendo with an 86th minute volley from Lee Chappell’s long throw-in on Saturday to beat Redditch.

“[Chappell] said to me to get around the back, if he hadn’t said that I might not have been there,” he explained.

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“I was in two minds of whether to head it or volley it; the next thing I knew it was in the net. When instinct takes over it’s the best thing to happen; it means I’m not over-thinking it.

“I was praying we wouldn’t concede because I wanted to score the winner.”

He added: “I’d like to think I’ve put myself in the frame [for Tuesday night against Biggleswade].”

City travel to the Carlsberg Stadium tonight (Tuesday) to play the Waders. Kick-off is 7.45pm.