Gray praises City after vital win at Stourbridge

James Comley drives into the box. Picture: Leigh Page

James Comley drives into the box. Picture: Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

St Albans City joint manager James Gray rated Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stourbridge as one of the best performances away from home this season.

Coming into the game on back-to-back losses which had seen them fall from second to fourth, City responded with an excellent display that was capped off by Sam Corcoran’s first-half goal.

Speaking to Saintsnet after the game, Gray said: “After our indifferent form recently, I’d rate it as one of the best way game for us. We knew what we needed to do, we made a few changes, which all seemed to work and limited their chances.

“We weren’t a free flowing as we’d like but we dug deep to get three points and clean sheet.”

He added: If we’d lost then Stourbridge would be on us and it would be tighter [in the play-off spots]. The lads, each to a man, knew the importance of today and it was an all round great team performance that keeps us firmly in the play-offs.”

With Saturday’s game out of the way, City enter a four game stretch that, according to league position, should result in nine points or more.

Tonight (Monday) they travel to Biggleswade Town before games against the bottom two sides – Bashley and Bedford Town – and 16th placed Burnham.

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“We have a run of three games where we should be taking points but we can’t take anything for granted,” said Gray.

“It’s a tough league so we take every game as it comes. Biggleswade are a physical and strong side so it’ll be a tough game. I’ve seen them a few times thing season so hopefully we’ll get the formation right and get three points.”

Tonight’s game at the Carlsberg Stadium kicks off at 7.45pm.