O'Neill wary of crucial Stalybridge clash
Tuesday Apr 4, 2017
Reds Boss Russ O'Neill is fully aware of the importance of tonight's league clash with Stalybridge Celtic at the Impact.
Alfreton succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday as the Reds suffered back to back league defeats. However, Russ recognised that winning tonight's game would ease the pressure:
Speaking to Amar Sharma, Russ said: "It was disappointing for us to lose our excellent home record on Saturday, we were unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions and it's ultimately one mistake thats cost us the game. We've missed a penalty and missed several good chances to get something out of the game."
"It's frustrating for us, especially the second half where we completely dominated the contest but we couldn'y put our chances away, we were not clinical enough and it was a bad result for us. It's a good win for them and we would have taken it if we were away from home."
"I dont think we worked their goalkeeper enough, if we had scored I believe we would have gone on to win the game. We were on top before the scored, we then responded well after their confident spell after the goal and then obviously the whole second half we controlled but again didn't do much to test their goalkeeper."
"We have to move on now, games come quick and fast and it's important for us not to dwell on the result but to go out there tonight and deliver and right the wrongs."
The visit of Stalybridge tonight presents a good chance for the Reds to bounce back after Saturday's defeat but Russ was wary of the challenge:
"They are in the relegation zone and do have games in hand but they are in a dangerous position so will come here and will desperately want the points to put some pressure on the teams above them. But they come here where we've only lost once in the last 13 games, it's a record we want to continue to build on. It's a good chance for us to play one of the bottom three clubs and put our stamp on the game and get the three points."
"They are battling for their league status which certainly makes them dangerous, they are not down yet; so we need to approach the game with intensity and get what will be a big three points for us if we apply ourselves right. We are all looking forward to the game.