Praise for St Albans goalscorers after ‘important’ win over Maidenhead

Jonathan Edwards is mobbed as he secures a late winner for the Saints. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Jonathan Edwards is mobbed as he secures a late winner for the Saints. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

St Albans City’s caretaker manager, Harry Wheeler, reserved praise for the three goalscorers who helped them to an “important” win.

The 3-2 success over Maidenhead United on Tuesday night helped moved City out of the relegation zone and Wheeler stressed how big a result it could be.

He said: “That one, the second league game, was the tester and we go into Saturday in really high spirits.

“We knew at half-time just to keep the lads calm, keep them focussed, don’t get into it with the other players, don’t get involved with any situation that doesn’t go your way.

“When these lads are on the game, as they were in the second-half, teams struggle to get the ball of them. And we were relentless at getting it back as well.”

Jernade Meade scored a rare headed goal as did Ben Martin

Wheeler said: “Jernade won’t get too many like that but I thought he and Ben were excellent. I thought Ben was solid and Jernade was bright and gave their centre halves a tough time.

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“They didn’t know if he was going to go in-behind or drop-off. That was why we looked at him there because he will give us that variety.”

But he reserved special praise for on-loan Peterborough striker, Jonathan Edwards, whose 90th minute strike snatched all three points.

He said: “I feared the worse when he came off last week [against Margate] because I saw something in him at Oxhey that showed me he could add something to us.

“He can go in-behind, he can hold the ball up and as you can see, he can come in from either side.

“I looked around the bench and you could see he was desperate to come on. When I looked away again he always looked disappointed. So I wanted that attitude and he went and won us the game.

“Inevitably you will get judged as a striker in the final third. People will ask how many goals he scores. And if you’re not scoring enough goals, you’re not a good forward.

“So he’s doing his job. In three games he’s got three goals.

“Someone who’s got that desire to score goals, like we have with Theo, Harry and Jernade, we will score goals from now on.”