By Brian Jeeves
CHELMSFORD City manager, Rod Stringer, was bitterly disappointed that his side had failed to capitalise on a number of chances they created against St Albans City at the Melbourne Stadium.
Elliott Buchanan had given the Clarets a first half lead and they looked all set to claim another vital National League South victory. However, a combination of wastefulness in front of goal, coupled with slack defending that saw Louie Theophanous slam home a late equaliser for the Saints. Something that hugely frustrated the City boss: “The game was nowhere near as tough as I thought it would be, to be honest, he said. “I think we probably had seventy-percent of the game but we weren’t nasty enough in front of goal.
“We created a number of decent opportunities throughout the game, but we’ve allowed them back into the game with a slack piece of defending. It’s so disappointing, but we knew and said to the boys at half-time that if they didn’t put the contest to bed we would always be vulnerable. That proved to be the case.”
Stringer pointed to the lack of a cutting edge his side displayed and urged them to put it right in order to remain involved in the promotion race, adding: “We had so many chances. Ever when St Albans scored towards the end, Chris Dickson has come off the bench and passed up a great chance to win us the game. It looked like he had the composure to finish the job, but their keeper has kept them in it and earned them a point.
“I’ve seen it a lot this season. We’ve not been clinical enough and allowed opposing goalkeepers and last ditch defending to earn their side points. As well as that, the goals we have conceded was very avoidable. We haven’t been tight enough from the corner. It wasn’t good enough.”
Nevertheless, it was clear for all to see that Chelmsford had been the dominant side for long periods of the game, but that came as little consolation to Stringer: “The most frustrating thing is that the overall display, work rate and effort was very good, he continued. “I couldn’t fault the lads. But it’s about the two boxes. It’s no good me talking about how good our game was because we have thrown away two points. That’s massive at this stage of the season, especially if we want to achieve our ultimate goal of promotion to the top division.
“The other sides towards the top of the table seem to be more ruthless. They are putting sides away. St Albans manager, Ian Allinson, came up to me after the game and basically said that they didn’t deserve the point. But credit to them, they kept going and believing in themselves. They knew that at 1-0 there was possibly something in the game for them. They got their rewards and that is what hurts me the most because we should have had the belief to win the game convincingly.”