Improvements for St Albans City but Wheeler admits it wasn’t enough

St Albans City's manager, Harry Wheeler. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

St Albans City's manager, Harry Wheeler. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

St Albans City manager Harry Wheeler admitted the improvements were “not enough” as his side went down to 1-0 defeat to Truro City at Clarence Park.

An Isaac Vassell goal on the hour mark consigned Saints to another defeat, making it seven games without a win.

He added three debutants as part of four changes to the side that lost 4-1 to Oxford City last weekend.

Emmanuel Udoji, Al Bangura and Michael Thalassitis all joined in the week but it wasn’t enough to bring the hosts a win.

A frustrated Wheeler said: “It was a lot better than last week but it’s not enough.

“I can’t fault the players effort in terms of work-rate and desire and there were improvements.

“Someone said to me it can’t change overnight. But it’s got to.

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“I said before we needed to win eight from 17 to avoid the drop.

“We now need to win eight out of 16, so half and that’s more than we’ve won all season.”

He was please with the performances of the new signings and is hoping for more from them in the coming weeks.

He said: “The new lads make a difference in certain ways, if not on the outcome. Hopefully next week they will.

“There would have been two more but they fall apart midweek. Would it have made a difference? I don’t know.

“I can’t fault the players who played. their effort was there, their endeavour was there, they listened to what we wanted to do.”

One player who did miss out was club captain Lee Chappell, who was relegated to the subs bench.

However Wheeler said there was no problem between them over the decision.

He said: “Lee’s a mature character off the pitch. He was fine. He was sat encouraging from the side of the pitch. There was no issue and I didn’t expect any issue with Lee.

“We sat in the office and he said he respected the decision.

“He was hoping we won and hoping we got something and that’s what you want.”