Saints boss Allinson says side ‘earned’ 6-0 win over Whitehawk
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St Albans City FC manager Ian Allinson said his side ‘earned’ the performance that saw them beat Whitehawk 6-0 at Clarence Park on Saturday.
Four goals from Charlie Macdonald, a strike from Louie Theophanous and a penalty from Jonathan Edwards helped avenge a defeat of the same scoreline in the corresponding fixture earlier this season.
The victory was Allinson’s first in the league since taking charge of the club earlier this month and saw the Saints move off the bottom of the National League South table on goal difference.
He said: “We earned the right to have that performance today because we kept the ball really well. In the end it could have been more than the six.
Everyone had a chance to show what they could do. All the players were given tasks and jobs to do and I felt every single one of them did that.”
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The ex-Boreham Wood boss also highlighted how important today’s result could be going into the end of season run-in.
He said: “The lads needed that as they’ve been in a lull lately and we just needed that confidence.
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“I said last week you can get in the habit of winning easily and we were in the habit of losing and hopefully we can take the confidence from today into the last 11 games because we’re going to have to be scoring lots of goals if we’re going to try and stay in this division.
“It will be 11 cup finals but we have to perform like we did today.”
Allinson was also pleased with his teams first clean sheet since December 5.
He said: “It gives the whole team confidence as it gives them something to play for and we looked solid even when it was 11v11 as there was good shape to our side.
There was special praise for four-goal hero Charlie Macdonald, who looked lively throughout for the Saints, and the striker on loan from Boreham Wood could prove a key asset in the fight to stave off relegation at Clarence Park.
“Charlie has a good pedigree, he won the league with Barnet last year and had a major part in that”, said Allinson.
“But he won’t score if you don’t give him the chances and a lot of what’s been happening for Charlie lately has been outside the box whereas today it was inside and you saw with how he reacted with his third after the ball came off the post, took a chance with the goalkeeper and he’s got on the end of it.
“If we put balls in those areas and create stuff Charlie will get on the end of it.”