A bitterly disappointed David Noble was straight to the point when asked about St Albans City’s 3-0 defeat to Braintree Town – labelling it unacceptable.

Neither side had won prior to the contest at Clarence Park and two goals in two first-half minutes from Adam Mills and Femi Akinwande visibly destroyed the home side’s confidence before former Saint Michael Clark added number three right at the death.

And while hopes were high at kick-off that City could put their first mark in the win column, the club captain admitted they hadn’t deserved anything.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “We know you can’t take any game for granted and I don’t know whether we did or we didn’t but we weren’t at the races at least for the first half.

“They seemed to be working just a bit harder than us.

“It’s not acceptable really and we’ll look to put that right.”

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