DARLINGTON - THE FINAL WORD - FROM NICKY LAW
Saturday Feb 18, 2012
ALFRETON Town boss Nicky Law's interview with BBC Radio Derby after the Darlington game is shown below.
"We spoke before the game about what has gone on before and what is going to go on after. This was as a crucial, massive game for us today, this was a real six-pointer.
"We said to the players before the game, whatever happens up until the end of the game, it doesn't matter, we must come off with three points.
"I was comfortable with that. After the first 20 minutes I would not have thought it, but we grew into the game and got ourselves 2-1 up. Then for Anton Brown to get sent off was totally irresponsible if I am honest.
"I defend them all the time, but it was a bad, bad decision by Anton and it put us under pressure. But to be fair to the players, they have dug him out and it was a great three points.
"I don't know why we had the slow start. Maybe it was the break and the game on Tuesday and the travelling, I am looking for excuses, but I don't know.
"We looked off the pace, we looked a yard short, but as the game went on, we weathered a bit of a come-back from them and we came strong again and it looked as it was they who had gone down to ten men.
"Spirit is one thing I don't think we will ever be short of. But, maybe a little bit of the other side of it, a little bit of better decision making, a bit more quality on the ball possibly, but I can't fault the players today, I thought everyone of them was great, they went out and gave it everything they had got.
"We got the two Nathan Arnold goals on the break. I think Nathan Jarman's strike from wide was a great one, even a keeper as good as theirs, and I thought he was impressive, couldn't hold that and Clayton has followed it up.
"[It was] About all he did do today, Clayts. He was very quiet if I am honest. But he got the crucial goal. I have said to him [after] play like that every week and get a goal and that's all that counts!