Hayes win was ‘best performance since I’ve been here’ says Allinson

St Albans City manager Ian Allinson. Picture by Leigh Page

St Albans City manager Ian Allinson. Picture by Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

St Albans City boss Ian Allinson described Saturday’s 3-1 victory away at Hayes and Yeading United as the best performance he has seen from his side since he took charge last month.

The result was only the second win on the road all season for the Saints and puts them within touching distance of a miraculous escape from the National League South relegation zone, something which looked almost impossible when Allinson took over.

He said: “I think without a doubt, overall that was the best performance we’ve had since I’ve been there, I thought over the 90 minutes we did really well.

“I think what happens is when you put pressure on their back four like we did then there was no real quality going in behind us and that also made it easier to defend.

Two first half goals from Charlie MacDonald and Louie Theophanous and a wonderful third from Harry Anderson after the restart was enough to see the Saints over the line, and Allinson added that the scoreline perhaps flattered the hosts.

“We’ve created some really good chances today and maybe at times we took more touches than we needed.

“I thought 3-1 did flatter them somewhat because it could have been six or seven, but we have to be satisfied.”

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The intent from the visitors to go forward was there for all to see from the outset, clear evidence of the attacking mentality Allinson has tried to instil in his players since he took over at Clarence Park.

“We had only scored eight goals away from home until today and that’s just poor so we have to improve on that,” he added.

“We have to take the game to teams and the only way we will do that is by creating chances and coming at them.

“We don’t have time to set up to draw 0-0 and maybe nick a result at the end, we have to be positive and be on the front foot from the off.

“We are not going stay in this league if we don’t score goals simple as that.”