Thursday Dec 11, 2014

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was delighted with his side's application and belief in the 3-2 win over Eastleigh at the Impact Arena on Wednesday night.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game. They are a good side - you only need to look at the players on their team sheet to see what we were up against" he reflected.

"I asked the players to believes in themselves and work hard - and I think we did that.We showed some belief and we got the victory, which was very welcome.

"That's back-to-back wins now and, hopefully, that will give them a bit of confidence to kick on.If you are a betting man, you probably put your money on them to win.But that's what we can do to teams when we are on it and at our best.

"I don't think Saturday's performance was as good as this. We did what we had to do but if I'd paid to watch the game, I wouldn't have been very pleased!

"We put in a better performance in against a very good Eastleigh side and we can only be pleased with that but we've got to build on it now. If we had performed like that for the majority of the season, we probably wouldn't be in the mess that we're in.

"But we are pulling it back now. From 25 games, we've got 23 points and we work on the basis of a point a game will keep us up. That is still the objective - to climb out of the hole we're in. We are not so much down a hole without a ladder now. We've got a way out. If we perform like that between now and the end of the season, I'm sure we will be OK.

When asked about the recent change of formation in the side, Law explained: "If you look at the players we've got and the forwards we've got, I just don't feel we are a good 4-4-2. I don't think we're a 4-3-3 either, with the strikers we've got. I do believe we've got to have Karl Hawley in the team.

"That's really the only reason I changed it. I've not done it to be negative in any way. I think John Johnston coming in has made a massive difference to us. He's an outlet for us and something that we've truly lacked. We've got Dan Bradley back in the middle of the pitch, where he is at his best. Unfortunately, because of his energy and what he can do, he has been pushed and pulled around a bit. We have jiggled it around until we have got to somewhere where we are comfortable

"I don't think Tom Shaw is a left-sider but he has got five goals from there. "We are trying to put him into a position as he is an important member of the team. He's got goals in him and that is why he stays in the team. "That position off Karl suits him, I think."

Law also explained his delight at the upturn in form of late. "I think we have shown improvement over the past four games" he said.

"I think we have shown promise and that is credit to the players. They have been feeling pretty down about things but we have all been there. The last thing you can do is stop believing in ourselves and your team-mates. and stop wanting the ball. If you do that, you're finished. You've got to pull your shoulders back, stick out your chest and go at it, believing you can do it.

"We did that on Saturday. I asked them to do it again and they showed great character after two hammer blows. They did not buckle and credit to them for that."

The Reds boss also had praise for Dan Bradley. "He can do that - but he's not done it anywhere near enough this season. I think that's one goal in 20-odd games, which he was well up on last season.

"When you see his best parts and he does that, you wonder why he's at this level. He's got to do that more often than he does now."

Looking ahead to Saturday's tough FA Trophy test at Lincoln City, Law said: "You'd like to be going into a league game now after winning two, to keep it rolling. But it might be a little bit of a break. We've worked hard and it's a different competition.

"Without disrespecting Lincoln or the competition, we might look to use some different personnel and show we've got a bit of flexibility. "Or we may go with the same team. We'll have to see

"If we play like we did on Tuesday, we don't fear anybody. We'll go there confident. We know all about Lincoln and they are a good side. "They've picked up lately and (new manager) Chris Moyses seems to have got them going.

"It's a big challenge for us but one that we'll embrace and we'll see what we can do" ended Law.

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