Only small tweaks needed to turn draws into wins for St Albans City

John Kyriacou runs to celebrate with Louie Theophanous in the 1-1 draw with Bishop's Stortford. Pict

John Kyriacou runs to celebrate with Louie Theophanous in the 1-1 draw with Bishop's Stortford. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

Harry Wheeler knows St Albans must turn draws into wins and soon – but believes it will only take a few tweaks to make the difference.

Last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bishop’s Stortford was City’s third tie in four games and keeps the club in the relegation places of the Vanarama National League South.

But, while the draws keep the Saints “in the pack”, just six points from 13th position, the caretaker manager is hoping this weekend’s trip to third-placed Sutton United will be a turning point.

He said: “It’s a tough game this week but these are the games you want to play.

“You want to play the good sides and see where you are at. You can’t underestimate anyone in this league and we will be on it.

“It’s better drawing games than losing them but at the same time you’ve got to start picking up three points here and there and we will be looking to do that on Saturday.”

Since taking over temporarily Wheeler has seen his side lose just once in six games.

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And Wheeler says there are only a few things that need ironed out.

He said: “There’ll be little things. Week by week as a coach you need to iron little pieces and try and find little things that’ll make you better.

“You’re never perfect but you can be permanent in your quality.

“We’ll analyse Sutton. I need to do my homework; I don’t go into games thinking we’ll just do this. We’ve got to be shrewder especially where we are.

“We’ll judge what they’re like but even [going to] places like that, if we’re on it I don’t see much competition.”

Wheeler was given the reins for the busy Christmas period but is unsure what the future holds.

He said: “That’s nine points now since I’ve come in, that’s not bad. We’re heading in the right direction and I think the ship’s been steadied but we want to push on forward.

“We’ve got to turn performances into wins.

“I’m full-time at Dagenham and with the manager change and I’m in there a lot at the moment.

“Right now, as the manager of youth, when the Christmas period is on the youth side shuts down and it’s been easy.

“It changes this week. We’ll have to see what happens.”