LAW FEELS REDS SHOULD HAVE MORE POINTS
Wednesday Aug 15, 2012
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law feels his side should have more points on the board after seeing his new-look team emerge with just one from the first two games.
After suffering an unfortunate 1-0 defeat in the season's opening game at Stockport County on Saturday, an injury time goal denied the Reds a home win on Tuesday as Southport went away with a point from a 3-3 draw.
"Last Saturday's result was obviously disappointing. We had enough chances in the first 30 minutes to have made things comfortable and unfortunately we have not capitalised on that" explained Law.
"Theirs was a decent goal to be fair, but it was still disappointing to have conceded it."
After the midweek draw, Law felt his side were somewhat guilty of naivete.
He reflected: "We have ended up disappointed again against Southport. We took the lead three times and we should have seen the game out.
"We are 3-2 up with 30 seconds to go but people were making the wrong decisions, trying to do things we don't need to do.
"It was a real shame because it was a really good performance from us, full of energy. There were a lot of positives to take from the game. Yes, we are disappointed not to have at least four points, but we haven't. It just shows you the toughness of the league."
Pleasingly, the Reds have created numerous chances in both games, but with eight new faces brought into the squad, four of them last week, cohesion and understanding may take a while to come through, a fact Law admits.
He added: "It is very much a case of work in progress at the moment. We have set up a different way to try and play an attacking game and if you are going to do that, you are always going to be susceptible to conceding goals as well.
"It is something we have to take on the chin and look to improve on."
This Saturday Alfreton face another tough test as they face former League Two side Hereford United at the Impact Arena (3pm).
The Bulls were relegated from the Football League last season but have begun the 2012/13 Blue Square Bet Premier Division campaign well with a 2-1 home win over Macclesfield Town last weekend and a 2-2 draw at Tamworth on Tuesday evening.
It will be a first ever league meeting between the sides although they have met before in the FA Cup back in the 2005/06 season when the Reds gained a goalless draw at Edgar Street before bowing out in the replay, losing out 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
For this Saturday's game, Hereford manager Martin Foyle will be without striker Marlon Jackson who was sent off for violent conduct at Tamworth.
Reds boss Law will be hoping left-back Connor Franklin has recovered from an illness which kept him out of the Southport game.