Boss Allinson fires St Albans City warning

Ian and Lee Allinson bark out the orders. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Ian and Lee Allinson bark out the orders. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

Ian Allinson has warned his players they are playing for their futures at St Albans City after the worst performance of the season.

The 3-0 home loss to Wealdstone on Tuesday night, which followed a 3-2 loss in Truro on Saturday, meant City’s poor run stretched to just one win in the last 14 games across all competitions.

But it wasn’t just the result but the manner of the defeat that was of most concern to the Saints manager.

He said: “That is the worst performance since I’ve been here, even going back to Bath last season. I didn’t think we were really in the game after the first 10 minutes.

“We’re very fragile at the moment and we have to be very careful where we go with this squad of players because there are two or three who are not sure if they’re up to the some of the pressures that we’re under.

“We’re on a poor run; we’re very fragile in terms of confidence. We need a win from somewhere and we need a clean sheet from somewhere.

“You try and stay loyal to the players but the players are not playing to the level that we require.

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“People wanted to do their own things and don’t want to do the ugly side of the game. They don’t want to defend correctly, they don’t want to get back into holes, they just want to attack.

“And unfortunately teams have sussed us out and are happy to sit back and hit us on the counter-attack. And it’s happening time and time again.

“A lot of people are playing for their futures at the football club and they’re all the things we have to make a decision on.

“I’ve said all along we’ve got a very good squad and a very good changing room but for some reason we’re not gelling as a group.

“I think we’ve got a lot of good individuals who have not come together as a group since Christmas.”

Allinson also believes that what could have been a home banker against Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday is now anything but.

And with Tom Bender joining an ever-growing list of unavailable defenders, Allinson is considering bringing in a few new faces.

He said: “We’re fragile defensively, we know that, but we need to bring some players in before the weekend to strengthen us and bring the confidence back. “There are lots of things to think about and we might have to get one or two bodies in by the weekend because if we don’t, that’s going to be the state of performances for the rest of the season and that’s not good enough.

“That’s a worry. It’s the same changing room, it’s the same bunch of lads. I don’t believe we’ve changed too much in what we’ve asked them to do.

“We haven’t put them under pressure and maybe I need to. Maybe I need to put them under a massive amount of pressure but at the moment they’re fragile without being put under pressure.”

On Saturday St Albans City are back in action at Clarence Park as they host Bishop’s Stortford.