Happy with a draw but Ian Allinson also believes St Albans City could have won at Hemel

PUBLISHED: 19:32 01 January 2019 | UPDATED: 20:12 01 January 2019

David Moyo tries to curl the ball into the top corner. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Moyo tries to curl the ball into the top corner. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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Ian Allinson praised St Albans City’s resilience at Hemel Hempstead Town as they again scored late to remain unbeaten – but he felt they could and probably should have won it.

Percy Kiangebeni powers through the middle of the park. Picture: LEIGH PAGEPercy Kiangebeni powers through the middle of the park. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Saints are undefeated now in the last six Vanarama National League South games with three wins and three draws.

Jordan Sanderson in action against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LEIGH PAGEJordan Sanderson in action against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

But their last two outings have both required goals inside the last five minutes to do so, Zane Banton’s 86th-minute strike at Hemel grabbing a 1-1 draw.

Zane Banton slips past Kyle Connelly. Picture: LEIGH PAGEZane Banton slips past Kyle Connelly. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

But from then on City peppered the home goal and that’s where the frustrations arose for the manager.

David Moyo has a blast at goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Moyo has a blast at goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

He said: “We dominated the first 30 minutes and had good spells but though some of our passing looked good on the eye, we weren’t sharp enough.

David Moyo tries his luck from range. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Moyo tries his luck from range. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“We were in some good areas but didn’t put in enough quality.

David Moyo flicks on the ball. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Moyo flicks on the ball. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Second half was quite even and their goal may have been slightly against the run of play but it gave them a lift.

Dave Diedhiou in action against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDave Diedhiou in action against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“But in those last few minutes we created four of five unbelievable chances and could have gone on and won it.

Sam Merson in action against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LEIGH PAGESam Merson in action against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“We believe the players have good fitness levels and they get stronger as games go on and as we’ve seen, we score a lot of goals in the last 10 minutes of games.

St Albans City drew 1-1 away at Hemel Hempstead Town. Picture: LEIGH PAGESt Albans City drew 1-1 away at Hemel Hempstead Town. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“But we haven’t made the keeper work enough. A bit more quality and we could have won.”

Percy Kiangebeni skips over the challenge of Jordan Parkes. Picture: LEIGH PAGEPercy Kiangebeni skips over the challenge of Jordan Parkes. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

After struggling defensively at the start of the campaign and suffering a horrendous run in November, City have started to look like play-off challengers once again.

David Moyo has a strike at goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Moyo has a strike at goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

And Allinson now wants them to kick on when they are on top in matches.

Jordan Sanderson in action against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LEIGH PAGEJordan Sanderson in action against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

He said: “When we have our good spells, we have to punish teams because we aren’t going to dominate for 90 minutes.

“Other teams will punish us and that’s the thing. Teams like Torquay and Woking will punish you if you don’t take your chances.

“We’re still trying to develop players and we have to learn that. The squad today was very young.

“We’ve just got to have that consistent period and try not to drop back into a negative side where we fail to punish the teams we should.

“If we learn from that and grab games by the scruff of the neck, we’ll win more than we lose.”

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