Hemel Town boss Dean Brennan was furious with his side after they could only escape with a 2-2 draw against ten-man St albans City on bank holiday Monday – labelling the performance as ‘terrible.’
The Tudors had a one-man advantage for the whole of the second half following the sending off of Saints defender Ian Gayle, but in the end they had to rely on a last-gasp leveller from Jamal Lowe to rescue a point.
I’m not one for criticising my players in public, but their bravery to get on the ball and to try and influence the game was really poor.Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan
And Brennan was not holding back in his assessment of the display, saying: “We’ve dobe well not to get beaten in the end but I thought we were terrible to be totally honest.
“It was important that we didn’t lose, but St Albans get themselves up for these games, don’t they – I don’t know what they’ve been doing for the last six games.
“They have performed to a high level, to be fair to them, and in the end we’ve got away with a smash-and-grab really because we were terrible, absolutely terrible.
“I’m not one for criticising my players in public, but their bravery to get on the ball and to try and influence the game was really poor.
“Fair play to the opposition because they were better than us, and in the end character has got us through it.
Highlighting the reasons for his side’s failure to pick up the three points against their Hertfordshire neighbours, Brennan continued: “I think our pass selection was terrible; availability for the ball wasn’t good enough; we were poor in midfield all afternoon, and we weren’t brave enough.
“When it comes to a local derby, you’ve got to really move the ball and if we had done that when they were down to 10 men, we would’ve won the game comfortably.”
And Brennan says that a number of his players need to up their game if they are to stay at the club. “I’ve got some big decisions to make about the futures of some of the players at the football club, and I’ll make them,” he added. “I’ll always do what’s best for the team.”