...but King is much happier with the Rooks’ New Year’s Eve display away at high-flying Met Police

STEVE KING was much happier with his Rooks’ performance in their 0-0 draw away to fellow high flyers the Met Police on Saturday, than he was with the 1-1 draw at home with Horsham on Bank Holiday Monday.

Michael Malcolm almost gave the travelling Rooks fans the perfect New Year’s Eve present when it looked like he had converted Albert Jarrett’s cross in injury time, but The Met’s Jamie Butler pulled off a tremendous save to tip his header away for a corner.

Rooks captain Steve Robinson also went close with a back post header that just shaved the post.

But the hosts had a number of chances of their own, not least gilt-edged opportunities for Eddie Smith, Jerome Walker and Duran Reynolds that were all spurned, and overall the draw was a fair result.

Speaking after the entertaining, if goalless, match King admitted a point against this opposition was no bad result, saying, “They quite rightly deserve to be where they are in the league, top five. They were the better team in the first 15-20 minutes, they had a couple of chances, hit the post.

“(But) I thought when we got to grips with the game a little bit towards the end of the first half we were the better side for the last 15 minutes. We created a couple of chances, didn’t take them.

“The second half I thought was end to end, with us nearly nicking it at the end.

“There weren’t many stand out performances, I think it was a good team effort.

“Robbo (Robinson) was outstanding, Max (Hustwick) was outstanding, the full backs (Malvin Kamara and Lewis Hamilton) were very good. They’ve got two wide players that are decent but they couldn’t get past us.

“I though Albert played his best game. He kept skinning the right back all the time – every single time – and putting crosses in the box.

“Michael played a lone role up there and played well. Christian (Nanetti) worked hard, Stav (Alex Stavrinou) worked hard, Harry (Harding) worked, and Matt Somner worked hard... so it really was a good team performance with a few individuals that raised the bar.”

See this Friday’s Sussex Express for more comment and a full match report.