'Our reaction is important now' - O'Neill
Friday Mar 31, 2017
Reds Boss Russ O'Neill insists that his side must react after last weekend's heavy 4-0 loss at Gloucester as Bradford Park Avenue visit the Impact tomorrow.
Alfreton were well beaten at Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road and Russ spoke to Amar Sharma and stressed the need to react:
"Last weekend was a really disappointing performance from us, we arrived in good form having won the last two games but the way we conducted ourselves i think we let ourselves down. Our away form has been a major issue for us and it came to fruition again, we conceded far too early and it was a poor goal from us to not pick up the runner in the box."
"Our response was good after the first goal and we looked like the team full of confidence, we created chances and Wes Atkinson was denied in our of our closest oppourtunities. At half time we were still in the game and that was important, we responded well to going behind and that was positive."
"The second half we created many chances but we couldn't capitalise or convert and it was frustrating throughout. They got the second against the run of play after we had a promising spell prior to that. Then the latter stages were poor, conceding the penalty and then getting caught again late on. It was clincal finishing from them. How we now respond tomorrow is important."
O'Neill was also quick to recognise that Alfreton's survival quest is still in their own hands:
"I said after the Boston win that i couldn't see the teams below us gaining the then ten points. We still aren't safe and it's important for us to focus on every game as it comes and concentrate and gaining the three points. After the Gloucester result the gap is now nine points so in my eyes we still aren't totally secure yet but it's in our hands."
Next for the Reds is the visit of Bradford Park Avenue to the Impact tomorrow afternoon, Alfreton will look to extend their unbeaten home run to 13 games in all competitions and ten in the league:
"We are back at home where we have done so well, looking to go ten games unbeaten in the league, 13 in all so it's another expectant afternoon for us and our fans. We are ready to go, ready to react, how we react is cruical, they are below us in the league and are also fighting for their league status so there's a lot at stake. Another win would edge us closer to safety and the lads are raring to go, hopefully we can produce another excellent performance and get the three points."