St Albans City must take Dartford performance forward says Ian Allinson
PUBLISHED: 18:07 03 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:07 03 February 2018
Ian Allinson wants St Albans City to take the superb performance in their 4-0 win against Dartford into the remaining games of the season and secure at least a Vanarama National League South play-off place.
Saints were almost unplayable at times as they thumped a Dartford side who started the day sitting on top of the table.
Two goals from Sam Merson gave them a good half-time advantage and Percy Kiangebeni and Rhys Murrell-Williamson finished off a great day at Clarence Park.
And Allinson said it is the players who deserve all the credit for the way they put the Darts to the sword.
He said: “We’ve got to take some credit for the way the players performed. When they play and they’re on song like this they take a lot of stopping.
“It was like a game of basketball at times and then you’re questioning how your fitness will hold up but in the end the third and fourth settled us down and they lost their momentum.
“I just felt we didn’t finish the game off again. We didn’t move the ball quick enough like we did for the first 75 minutes. But even then we’ve still had three or four chances.
“It was a great game, a fantastic game to be involved in on a terrible day.
“There was 800 in here today and hopefully they’ve gone home with plenty of enjoyment.
“We’ve got to take that forward.
“It’s two-thirds of the season done now and we’ve got to make sure we finish it off and we don’t have these blips where we win and lose games.
“We’ve got to make sure we approach games like we have and pick up the three points.”
It was an exceptional game of football and one which Dartford played their part in early on.
And the City boss felt it could have different had certain things not fell City’s way.
“It was a tough game until we got the fourth goal and then it became comfortable,” he admitted.
“Up until half-time I felt the game was too end to end and too open.
“We’ve both had chances but we were fortunate to get the two goals just before half-time and we could have had a third when Zane Banton went through and if we’d got that
“But the way they play and the way they get balls into the box you’re always going to be susceptible to a goal from a set-piece and they’ve hit the post twice.”