I want players who will fight for St Albans City - Gray

James Gray has donned the St Albans City shirt twice this season. Picture by Bob Walkley

James Gray has donned the St Albans City shirt twice this season. Picture by Bob Walkley - Credit: Archant

Players who do not fight for the St Albans City shirt do not have a future with club, according to joint manager James Gray.

He was speaking after seeing he side throw away two points at Bedford Town. City led 2-1 at the break but a terrible second half showing saw the hosts equalise and almost snatch all three points.

During the second half there was a complete lack of cohesion between the players and they failed to register a meaningful effort on goal.

“I’ll need half an hour after this game,” Gray told the Herts Ad.

“I’m a emotional person; I wear my heart on my sleeve and I want every player to be playing with their heart on their sleeve for St Albans City,

“It’s my job to sniff out the players who aren’t willing to do that and they won’t be here for long because there’s always people who want to come here.”

He added: “I want all the player to be out there fighting for the shirt but tonight I have to question a few of the lads.”

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City’s squad has seen evolving since the start of the season with players coming in and out of the starting lineup and the squad altogether. Ryan Ashe is the latest player to leave the squad while Ram Marwa has come in for the last few games.

Asked if the current squad is near the finished article, Gray said: “On Saturday [after the 7-3 win at Truro] I would have said yes, but tonight we looked completely different.

“The players who were clinical on Saturday weren’t tonight. We had a few chances but we never got the momentum to get the third goal.

“We didn’t move the ball and couldn’t make three passes to a yellow shirt; it was disappointing. We’ll look to freshen it up on Saturday.”

City are in action on Saturday in the third qualifying round of the FA against Tonbridge Angels at Clarence Park. Kick-off is 3pm.