Peters puts form down to confidence

PUBLISHED: 10:21 17 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 06 May 2010

MARK Peters has put St Albans City s good run of form down to increased confidence within the camp. City s assistant manager believes the club s players have started to believe in their ability again and they are being rewarded with City unbeaten in their

MARK Peters has put St Albans City's good run of form down to increased confidence within the camp.

City's assistant manager believes the club's players have started to believe in their ability again and they are being rewarded with City unbeaten in their last four outings.

"I think there was definitely a lack of confidence, a lack of belief three or four weeks ago but we've kept working in training and obviously results dictate everything that happens in football," Peters told the Herts Advertiser following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Braintree Town.

"I thought last Saturday against Basingstoke when the lads dug in for 60 minutes - that's shown them that they're a strong enough unit to keep anyone out and how they played against Newport they were fantastic - they outplayed the top of the league. They didn't get a result but there is definitely something better there and something to improve on.

"Four or five weeks ago I think we'd have gone under there (against Braintree) but there's a belief now within that squad, within that set of players that we can get a result against anyone in this league."

Saturday's draw extended City's unbeaten run to four games and Peters is pleased that the side are becoming a hard team to beat.

"This is something we strive for. Looking from our point of view we're not conceding goals, it's important that we don't concede goals and that team's know that to score against us they're either going to have to work hard or score a blinder against us like they did today," said Peters.

"I thought in the first half we kept the ball better than them (Braintree). We could hear the rollicking they were getting in their dressing room and we knew they were going to come out firing.

"We've took everything they've thrown at us, scored a fantastic goal and it could've been a 1-0 victory which after Tuesday would've been fantastic but again we're unbeaten and on our own patch so there's more to kick on for."

The game on Saturday was not one for the spectator with the conditions doing their best in stifling any football the two sides played which resulted in the first shot on target not coming until the 71st minute.

"There were a couple of points where the 'keeper's kicked the ball and I've shouted 'Mark's ball' and by the time it's come down I'm 20 or 30 yards away from it" explained Peters.

"It was so hard to judge, it's swirling it's just one of those days where I'm sure there's not much great football been played around the country but these are the days where you've got to get results.

"They've hit a fantastic strike with the wind so didn't really give Bazza (Paul Bastock) a chance and I would say on reflection of the game and the way everything went with the conditions it was a fair result and not a great one for the supporters to watch but for us, we're fairly happy with a point.

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