SLOUGH Town joint-manager Neil Baker admits he was bitterly disappointed with the Rebels' performance in a 3-2 defeat away at St Albans City on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rebels suffered just a second defeat in 11 matches in all competitions when losing at Clarence Park in the National League South.

The visitors took the lead with a fortuitous goal inside 10 minutes from on-loan striker Matthew Stevens.

He shot low and hard from inside the box with the effort taking a big deflection off a defender which took the ball up and over keeper Dean Snedker.

St Albans equalised moments before the break as a Clovis Kamdjo shot deflected off Mark Nisbet and the ball jumped up and past the helpless Jack Turner.

The home side went ahead on the hour mark when Ben Wyatt crossed to the unmarked Kamdjo for an easy tap-in at the back post.

St Albans extended their advantage further seven minutes from time as David Moyo hit a low shot from the edge of the box which found the bottom corner.

Slough pulled a goal back in the 87th minute when substitute Chris Flood was able to toe the ball over the line for his fourth goal of the season.

Baker explained the Rebels did not perform to the levels they are capable of, but he insists they cannot dwell on it and have to move on.

He told the Observer: "Give credit to St Albans, they wanted it more than we did and worked a lot harder, and in football that's important. You've got to work hard in games to give yourself a chance.

"St Albans got the ball down better than we did and caused us a lot more problems, and we didn't defend well enough as a team.

"We showed a little bit of desire at the end and almost nicked a point but it would've been unjust.

"It was one of those days for us and I'm bitterly disappointed but we will take it on the chin and move on because we don't get too many of those performances.

"We don't get an awful lot of those performances and it was rare for the players we've got in the side.

"I've wrote it off because we can't dwell on it and have to move on. You get that in football and don't win every week."

Baker added: "It's a relentless league with tough games and anyone can beat anyone.

"You have to grind out results and pick up points away from home whenever you can, and if you can't move on to the next one."

The defeat leaves Slough in 12th position in the league table ahead of a trip to Hemel Hempstead Town tonight (Tuesday, 7.45pm).

Baker said: "Hemel have been beaten in their last two but were six unbeaten at home previous to that so it will be a tough place to go. They're a good side with good players.

"They started much the better against Oxford City last Tuesday and I thought they would go on and win the game, but they lost it a little bit when the second goal went in.

"We will make changes because of the performance we got on Saturday, work hard and hopefully get a result."