Albans says expectations put pressure on Grantham players

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RECENT good form could be having an adverse effect on players, so said Grantham Town joint manager Jimmy Albans this week.

His comments came after the Gingerbreads only came away with a single point from their home encounter with lowly Shepshed Dynamo on Tuesday night.

Albans said: “Recent results have changed the thinking around the club and changed the mentality. The expectations have changed and that can put unnecessary pressure on the players.”

The 2-2 draw nevertheless extended Town’s unbeaten league run to 13 games but Albans gave the Shepshed side credit.

He said: “At the end of the game when we have been trailing twice, I am 99 per cent happy to have taken a point from the Shepshed game. Shepshed came with a game plan. They know our strengths and weaknesses and played the game accordingly.

“The downside of the result for me is that at 70 minutes gone and still in the game, I expected us to kick on and win the match. That didn’t happen. The game was a bit like a cup tie in that neither side wanted to lose it, then in the last 15 minutes, both sides gave everything to win it.”

Albans said that a seven-day approach has been made for a centre forward and that Grantham has received a similar request for one of their defenders.

Albans said he was looking forward to tomorrow’s visit to Sheffield. He said the world’s oldest football club and it’s ground held good memories for himself and fellow joint boss Wayne Hallcro.

Albans said: “It can be an intimidating place to go to, but you are close to the pitch and the fans create an atmosphere.

“Sheffield have lost players recently and they have also had a couple of defeats and I see no reason why we can’t go there and get a result.”

Grantham were without Sam Kirton and Niall O’Rafferty on Tuesday but they should be available tomorrow.