Sunday Jul 14, 2013

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was delighted with the performance of his players during the 1-1 home draw with League Two visitors Burton Albion on Saturday.

It was a second successive pre-season outing played in searingly hot conditions and the Reds boss was full of praise  for the effort put in.

 "The weather is ridiculous, Alastair Taylor has complained of sunstroke at half time so we had to change him!" said Law.

“I thought for the best part of an hour, the best part of the game I thought we did really well, again against opposition better than we are going to come up against, I thought we held our own, and if not for long periods, I thought we were the better team, and played the better football.

"There was not a lot of end product to be fair but, what we asked today was what we got out of it and that was that we kept possession better, the back four took more responsibility and got on the ball. We have got more movement in the midfield areas.

"The end product may be a bit of two things,  not looking to get the ball forward at the right times - a little bit quicker at times, there again there has not been enough movement up front, or very little movement up front and when it has come in we have been offside or we have given it away which is something we have got to work on.

"Overall I am really pleased with it, a great performance and a great effort from both sides" added Law.

The Reds manager also explained that he needs to start making decisions over some of the several trialists who have featured in the first two outings.

He added: "Up until the last 20 minutes or so when we made a lot of changes I don't think you could have said which team was which and that is a compliment to our players who have done well.

"As for the trialists, maybe there's two, possibly three that we might possibly have another look at but the others are either falling a bit short or are young and they probably need to go and find their way at a lower level, gain some experience and strength where we can keep an eye on them, but they are not ready for our league yet."

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