Wednesday Feb 15, 2012

ALFRETON Town assistant manager Russ O'Neill said both he and manager Nicky Law were bitterly disappointed to have gone out of the FA Trophy at Gateshead.

O'Neill reflected: "We started off like a house on fire and got a good early goal. In fact, we could have gone two or even three up because we dominated the early part of the game.

"They changed formation to combat us and to be fair there was nothing in it before they got a weak penalty award. The lad's first touch was heavy and he was going away from goal, but as at Luton, we still go ahead and concede a penalty when there is no need.

"We watched the dvd of the game on the coach coming back last night and they have only been in our half twice in the  and although we weren't brilliant in possession, it was a difficult playing surface and difficult conditions."

Looking ahead to the battle to stay in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division, O'Neill insists the side have to cut out the soft goals.

He added: "It is our goals against us tally which is dictating why we are down there, but of late, we seem to be finding a way to get beat  by conceding weak errors and we will put a stop to that".

On a final note, O'Neill praised the support from the terraces at Gateshead. He ended: "I would like to send our special thanks to the fans who made it up there. It was a small attendance, but all we could hear were the visiting fans."

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