Sunday Mar 27, 2016


Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was left bemoaning his side's inability to see out Easter Saturday's home game against Gloucester City which saw the visitors equalise with just two minutes of normal time left to claim a 1-1 draw.

The Reds had led since the 30th minute but ended up being forced onto the back foot in the second half and despite goalkeeper Matt Duke's best efforts, Law's side could not hold out for a first win in five league games.

"If I am honest, I think they were the better team for the first 20 minutes and then we grew into the game" said Law.

"We came in with a lead and shaded it and then second half we have come out with a 1-0 lead to protect, and again, as too many times this season, we have given up a lead.

"They chucked everything at us. We had to be strong and resilient, make the right decisions and we see the game through. "But we are (now) well into double figures of points dropped in 90-plus minutes.

"I think everybody in the ground can see that there are two blatant fouls leading up to their goal and that has just been proved again having looked at the dvd. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about that.

"Credit to them, they came, they had a go, they stuck at it and you could even say that when they got on top and put us under pressure, maybe it's not bad luck that you keep losing points at them stages of games, you have got to be strong and stand up to it and unfortunately we haven't done that again today.

"We have come out second half, we have got the wind, we can afford to push up the pitch and get pressure on the ball but we didn't do it. I think we just sat off, sat back. When we did get the ball we didn't keep it well enough, we made too many wrong decisions and you could feel it (the equaliser) coming.

"We are not good when we don't do things quickly enough and then we get indecisive and start making one wrong decision, two wrong decisions, three wrong decisions and the pressure is just mounting on you and you get sucked back deeper.

"We get the ball back and we don't keep it, we give it away too easily and then you are conceding more pressure and more possession and ground on the pitch and if I am honest, it wasn't a surprise when the goal did come, if anything I am surprise it didn't come a little bit before.

"The lad has struck it well but if you look at the lead up to the goal there are two blatant fouls, one on Nyoni, one on Leesley and they have not been given. The ball comes in the box, we are wrong side of the centre forward, he brings it down, he has taken it away from goal, next minute one of our lads, I think Nyoni has come to get involved with another one of their players who has not been picked up and ironically it falls to his man edge of the box and he smashes it in.

"If you analyse the goal and look at the goal there are a lot of errors and mistakes there leading up to the goal. A lot of bad decisions" ended Law.

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