Wheeler left frustrated as St Albans denied three points against Chelmsford

Caretaker Harry Wheeler directing his troops. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Caretaker Harry Wheeler directing his troops. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

Harry Wheeler was a frustrated figure after his St Albans City side were denied the win against Chelmsford City.

Billy Bricknell’s 77th minute equaliser cancelled out Ed Oshodi’s first-half header and Wheeler was disappointed at the way City conceded.

The caretaker boss said: “I’m frustrated at the manner of the goal again. We’ve given them all the tools to deal with it and they’ve got to take a little bit more responsibility, which they are getting to.

“We keep conceding from those areas but when you give them the amount of free-kicks and set-pieces, then its inevitable.

“It’s not Lee Chappell’s fault but it was the one time he didn’t have him because he had to come short. And he had him all game.

“But these are the fine margins.

“The league is getting better and if you leave them once, they’ll punish you. And unfortunately they did.

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“Where it went away against us was the amount of set-pieces we gave away. I’ve told them that. We need to relax a little bit and stand them up.

“I think we could have managed the game better on the pitch.”

Wheeler was quick to point out that though that in general his team were on top.

He added: “There’s loads of positives, it’s not all negatives. I’m only disappointed at the manner of the goal.

“I’m not disappointed in the way we played. I’m not disappointed with the middle third, final third or defensively.

“I thought defensively in general we were brilliant. I thought Darren Locke and Jorell Johnson were excellent.

“We’ve got no issues anywhere across the pitch.

“You look at us from Boxing Day and it was a different side. The way we played, the way we kept the ball, our energy.

“I would say we were the better footballing side.”