Emotional rollercoaster for Allinson after St Albans ‘capitulate’ at Welling United

PUBLISHED: 08:53 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 21 February 2018

David Noble scores St Albans City's goal from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

David Noble scores St Albans City's goal from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

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Ian Allinson kept switching between anger, disappointment and frustration as he tried to describe his feelings after St Albans City’s 3-1 defeat away to Welling United.

St Albans City's Rhys Murrell-Williamson. Picture: BOB WALKLEYSt Albans City's Rhys Murrell-Williamson. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Saints dominated the first half and got the all-important first goal five minutes after the break when Rhys Murrell-Williamson was fouled and David Noble swept in the resultant penalty.

Shaun Lucien looks to past his marker. Picture: BOB WALKLEYShaun Lucien looks to past his marker. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

But from there things went horribly wrong.

Jack Parkinson (six) scores Welling United's second goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEYJack Parkinson (six) scores Welling United's second goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Bradley Goldberg equalised a mere 20 seconds after the restart and five minutes later the Wings were ahead thanks to Jack Parkinson’s bundled effort.

Kieran Monlouis for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEYKieran Monlouis for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Jamie Philpott completed the victory for the hosts as Saints’ promotion hopes took a big dent.

Shaun Lucien skips past a challenge. Picture: BOB WALKLEYShaun Lucien skips past a challenge. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

The City boss said: “I thought we played ever so well in the first half. We came out a bit sloppy in the second but got the breakthrough and then we just switched off and capitulated.

Jack Parkinson (six) scores Welling United's second goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEYJack Parkinson (six) scores Welling United's second goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“And in the last 35 minutes we were second best all over the park and Welling deserved it.

David Noble receives the congratulations after scoring from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEYDavid Noble receives the congratulations after scoring from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“It’s disappointing because we passed the ball well in that first half and created good chances.

David Noble had put St Albans City ahead from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEYDavid Noble had put St Albans City ahead from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“But the biggest thing is when we go 1-0 up. We know we have to see the game out and we know we will get chances as the game goes on but then a crazy three or four minutes and we’re 2-1 down.”

Shaun Lucien looks to put a cross in for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEYShaun Lucien looks to put a cross in for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Allinson questioned his own actions after City’s goal but hinted that the players needed to take responsibility.

David Noble puts St Albans City ahead from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEYDavid Noble puts St Albans City ahead from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

He said: “I didn’t see it coming, I felt comfortable, but I’ve got to look at myself because when the goal goes in, do we have to get into everyone again and make sure they’re switched on?

Kieran Monlouis battles for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEYKieran Monlouis battles for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“We try and let players play their own game, you try and make sure they realise the importance.

St Albans City's Lee and Ian Allinson with their counterparts from Welling United. Picture: BOB WALKLEYSt Albans City's Lee and Ian Allinson with their counterparts from Welling United. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“Everyone says it; the minute after you score is the most important time.

Zane Banton for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEYZane Banton for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“But has it got to come from the sideline? Do we have to be screaming and shouting?

St Albans City's Rhys Murrell-Williamson. Picture: BOB WALKLEYSt Albans City's Rhys Murrell-Williamson. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“It was a great finish but we shouldn’t allow shots from the edge of the area.”

Chippenham Town visit on Saturday with Allinson well aware they need to start winning games of football and soon.

He said: “We’ve got to be a lot better than we were in the last 35 minutes at Welling if we’re going to make the playoffs.

“The players have got to learn that when the going gets tough, we need to dig deep, when we have a good spell we need to punish teams but most of all we have to make sure we don’t lose games as simply as we did.”

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