Gallery: Citizens put on a brave face

PUBLISHED: 17:28 25 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

City boss Howard Cowley

City boss Howard Cowley

CITY boss Howard Cowley said his side put on a brave display against table-toppers Chalfont St Peter on Saturday. The league leaders came out on top 3-1 at Herns Lane but the Saints were made to work by the hosts for the three points. The visitors scored

CITY boss Howard Cowley said his side put on a brave display against table-toppers Chalfont St Peter on Saturday.

The league leaders came out on top 3-1 at Herns Lane but the Saints were made to work by the hosts for the three points.

The visitors scored first against the run of play before Alex Kinsley levelled before the break.

Two more from the away team sealed their win in the second half.

After the game Cowley said: "At 1-1 (Dan) Griggs had a chance which he didn't catch properly. The keeper got it and they went down the other end and scored.

"That was the only difference really between the sides after 65 minutes.

"In the end, they were a little bit quicker and stronger than us and had a couple of boys up front who had genuine pace."

It was always going to be a tough encounter for the Citizens, a fact that Cowley accepted.

"I felt to be honest if we had got a draw we would have done well," he said.

"They have the best goal difference in the league and lost one in the last 28.

"The most you could hope for was that the boys give it a go and don't make it easy for them, and I think we did that."

The Herns Lane club were forced to make two changes to their back four during the first half.

Centre-half Daniel Awolesi had to come off after feeling ill, while left back Perry Christian picked up a yellow card and was then close to being dismissed following a clumsy challenge.

"We had to cope with making two changes to the back four by half-time," said Cowley.

"One was through illness and one because I couldn't keep the lad on as he was going to get himself sent off.

"I had a go at them at half-time. I thought they were letting themselves down by not concentrating and not applying themselves and forcing me to make a substitution when I shouldn't have had to."

After reaching a cup semi-final and putting on a decent show against the leaders, Cowley said: "This week we had a 3-3 with Cockfosters, a very good performance at Leverstock Green and them a brave performance today (Saturday), so I'm pleased."

City entertain Hertford Town on Saturday.

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