LAW DELIGHT AT STOPPING POOR RUN
Sunday Dec 15, 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was full of praise for his patched up side after they had shaken off plenty of adversity to win 3-1 at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
"Kidderminster is always a difficult place to come - you need a strong referee with the crowd whipping it up a bit - appealing for everything - and the last few times we've been here that's been the case and they've got it" said the Reds boss.
"We came here and set up early doors to stay in the game - l thought we gave a poor goal away after losing the ball 35 yards out and then it was just about growing into the game. We knew if we could get the ball to John [Akinde] he would cause problems and he's done that again and he's played them on his own up there to be fair.
"We just had to find a way of stopping the run and that's what we did - we had a disappointing Thursday - Ross Atkins got injured - we applied to the Conference for a replacement goalkeeper - they made us wait 24 hours before refusing it, so it was a case of getting a keeper in or playing an outfield player in goal and until a quarter to twelve last night [Friday] we were still looking for a goalkeeper, and fair play to FC United [of Manchester] they've let us use Jon for one game and l thought he was excellent.
"He made a couple of good saves, but for me his kicking was good and he's a confident lad you know and his communication was crucial at the back there later on when they're chucking everything at it - and l think we thoroughly deserved to win."
Commenting on the half-time substitution, Law said: "The way we set up it looked like five centre-halves at the back and it was always going to be difficult if we went a goal behind and had to go and chase it, but Chris [Westwood] came in at half-time and he had a little niggle on his calf, so that was probabaly a good reason to do it.
"We brought Danny Meadows on and played him a little bit further up and that enabled us to get pressure on the ball a little bit earlier and once we did that we came into the game and became more of a threat.
"We have been massively disappointed at the goals we had conceded in recent games, and that first goal today was another poor one and we've got to stop doing that.
"Up until recently our home record has been excellent and probably got us to where we are, and you would look at Dartford and Southport coming up and think four points from them and at the end of the year you're going to be in a nice position" ended Law.