Brackley Town manager Jon Brady said he was disappointed with the way his side had to hold on towards the end of their 2-1 victory over Vauxhall Motors at the weekend.
Goals from Steve Diggin and Izak Reid had put a dominant Saints side 2-0 ahead but Matthew Williams hit back for the visitors and Brackley needed some desperate last-ditch defending to hang on in the closing minutes.
Brady said: “I thought the first 25 minutes we were excellent. We pressed them hard, dominated the game and that’s how we got our first goal – through pressing. I felt, at times, there were too many gaps between the back four, the middle four and the front two, and they were allowed to play between the lines. I wasn’t impressed by at all.
“I’m more annoyed and disappointed rather than relieved by the fact that we had to hold on. We should have been dominating that game right to the end. But take nothing away from Vauxhall, they passed the ball and moved the ball very quickly, like we did in the first 25 minutes.”
Brackley are second in the table, one point off leaders Hednesford, having won seven and drawn three of their opening 10 matches, but Brady feels there is still more to come from his side, adding; “Maybe we could be a little bit critical but the fantastic thing is that I feel we can still be 50% better, especially on the ball, so to be honest, it’s not a bad position to be in if you’re not pushing yourself to the limit but are in second place.”
Brady was also pleased with Kevin Roberts’ performance on his Brackley debut after signing on loan from Cambridge United last week.
“He was good today. I think it was a good, solid performance. He hasn’t played yet this season so you can’t expect him to come in and straight away be on top of his game so I think there’ll be improvement there.”