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Town boss has mixed views

By Gareth Davies 30th December 2020

Town boss has mixed views

St Austell manager Mark Smith was left with contrasting emotions after his side snuck past ten-man St Dennis 1-0 at a rain soaked Poltair Park on Monday.

The hastily arranged match, which took place due to covid-19 related postponement involving the two teams’ original Bank Holiday fixtures, was settled by Kieron Bishop’s 47th minute strike.

St Dennis, who were forced to play the final 20 minutes with ten men after Luke Johnson was sent-off, finished strongest with Paul Robertson hitting the woodwork and Jason Chapman denying Jacob Rowe late on.

“I'm a little bit disappointed with our performance and that is no disrespect to St Dennis,” Smith told the Voice at full-time. “I thought we could have killed the game off pretty much in the first half although they did have some opportunities as well.

“I thought we should have been a little bit more mature and intelligent in the second half to see the game out better than we did.

“The red card almost went against us in the end because we dropped off and lacked a bit of our usual tempo and intensity once they had their man sent-off.

“That said, I am still very much pleased with the three points and for us this season, it is very much about learning from these experiences and results. I hope (the players) learn that on days like today, you need to be a little bit more streetwise to see out the results – particularly against a team like St Dennis, who have always got players that will threaten and that showed towards the end.

“Once again, we also have to thank our excellent goalkeeper Jason Chapman who made a couple of brilliant saves in the first half and one right at the end of the game.”

By Gareth Davies 30th December 2020

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