Grantham Town boss Albans not impressed with side’s performance

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GRANTHAM Town’s seventh consecutive victory brought joy to their loyal supporters on Saturday, but joint manager Jimmy Albans said he was disappointed with the way his and Wayne Hallcro’s side had played.

The Gingerbreads went behind to Sutton Coldfield Town in the second half but soon bounced back with a Tris Whitman equaliser. Grantham took all three points with a late Paul Grimes penalty.

Despite Albans’ misgivings about the overall performance, he said that Grantham had done well to respond so quickly to conceding the goal.

Albans said: “I wasn’t overly impressed with our performance. I thought we controlled the game without ever dominating it. We were in a position to have done so, but didn’t take that until late on.

“Sutton probably had the more clear-cut chances. When we went behind, we showed the right attitude and did what we are good at. We kept playing the way we want to and got the reward in the end.”

Lee Potts’s absence forced Albans to play forward Grimes at left wing-back to nullify Sutton Coldfield’s main threat on their right flank. Grimes was pushed back up front after the hour mark and the Gingerbreads turned the tables on the West Midlanders.

Albans said there could be a future for Grimes at wing-back: “Grimes is left sided and has played a lot of his career on the left hand side. He was the best player at the club to deal with the threat. Jamie came in and did a great job keeping him out of the game for the remaining time.”

Turning his attention to tomorrow’s game at Coalville Town, Albans said that all games were as important as each other. Potts will be back from suspension and Albans was impressed with both Jamie McGhee and Whitman against Sutton Coldfield.

Albans said that he and Hallcro were keen to keep the current run going but acknowledged that a defeat was inevitable.

Albans said: “We realise that somewhere along the way we will lose a league game. That is a given. The important thing will be the way we react to that happening. We reacted well to going behind against Sutton and that was the first time since we started the run that we have gone behind to one of the top sides in the league.

“We did exactly the right things and when we do lose one, we will be looking for just that reaction.

“Our rivals are dropping points around us at the moment and if we keep up our run, it keeps the pressure on them.”