City “not good enough” against Chippenham, says Gray

James Gray

James Gray - Credit: Archant

Joint manager James Gray conceded that St Albans City were “not good enough” in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chippenham Town and, once again, questioned the effort of a number of his players.

The Saints missed a golden opportunity to gain ground of the teams above them with Hemel Hempstead, Cambridge City, Stourbridge and Poole Town all failing to pick up three points.

John Frendo looked to have settle the game with his 25th goal of the season but Chippenham’s Corey King netted an 89th minute leveller to leave the managers feeling deflated.

“We have to defend better,” said Gray during his post-match interview.

“A draw is a fair reflection of the game but we weren’t good enough. We had lots of chances but we were clinical in front of goal and we looked sluggish all over the pitch.”

He added: “No way was it enough to get three points. I’m looking for more from certain players and again it hasn’t come – I’m not happy.”

Gray also revealed he would be making a number of changes to the starting line-up for tonight’s game against AFC Totton at Clarence Park (kick-off, 7.45pm).

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“We’re going to have to change things around because some of the players clearly need a rest. We have a big squad so we’ll freshen up with players coming back from injury and the new lads,” he said before adding another performance like the one at Chippenham will not be acceptable.

“You want to give lads a chance but there’s more than one way to win a football game. If what we’ve got [in the squad] isn’t good enough then we need to change it around.

“If we have players who don’t want to play in this weather then they can sit at home and watch the results coming in because I won’t have them here. I want players with big hearts and big desire.”