LAW FULL OF PRAISE
Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was full of praise for his new-look side after seeing them gain their first victory of the season with a 3-1 win over a very strong Kidderminster Harriers side at the Impact Arena on Tuesday night.
The win, a first for Alfreton over the Harriers in six games in all competitions, came from a hugely absorbing game which was a great advert for the Skrill Premier.
A brace of goals from Dan Bradley against his former club and a first goal for the club by Tom Shaw were just three of several highlights of a terrific all-round performance from the Reds.
"I thought the lads were excellent tonight. I didn't think we were that bad on Saturday (at Dartford), we weren't obviously up to that level, but I felt we got robbed a little bit with the offside decision" reflected Law.
"We have come here tonight, we knew we had to be at our best. Big John Akinde has come in and made a world of difference for us.
"We have gone in front and Kidderminster have done what they do and that's pass the ball, get it wide, get in the box, put some great delivery in the box and if I am honest, Kidderminster are a lot better than last year.
"If we had come up against a Kidderminster side as good as that last year we would have come in 4-0 down at half time and we would have lost that game five or six nil, and that is testament to us.
"We are disappointed with the goal we have given away, we are in a great position at the top end, young Dan (Bradley) has got it, he is full of enthusiasm and keenness, and he is really crossing that ball to no-one, he just needs to calm down a bit and keep it up there but I can't fault him for his performance and two great goals.
"We knew we had a problem once Brad Wood got booked and second half we sacrificed Josh (Law) and put him there to double up on Johnson and they have kept him quiet and done a good job for the team.
"It's a good all round performance. They are a good side and especially at 3-0 down they are having a go and I thought the back four was magnificent, the whole team was, they have left nothing on the pitch.
"They may believe in themselves a bit more now. I certainly believe in them and they have set themselves a marker now.
"All I know is if we go out and play with that tempo and that endeavour, get John Akinde fit, if we can keep reaching the levels of that we will take some stopping. I think we are good and we will get better.
"We are pleased with tonight, we are not going to get carried away with tonight, we have got to go and take that performance into Saturday and don't waste that performance. It was a really, really classy show tonight."
Asked whether he is happy with his squad of 17 so far, Law commented that he is likely to add to it again before the August 31st transfer deadline.
He explained: "You have just got to look at the bench. Alright, there is only Danny Meadows with any pitch minutes in him and who looks anything like; young Kristian (Ramsey-Dickson) is unproven, Alastair Taylor to an extent, but you have got Darran Kempson on there, Michael Wylde is missing, you have got young (Daniel) Wishart who we have took from Hayes & Yeading. I think we are good and I think we will get better.
"If the right players come along we will be able to improve the squad again and that's what I am going to look to do.
"We have never been in a position where we can go out and get the likes of Akinde and such, John McGrath, they have come in and made a difference. You have seen the difference they have made tonight. If you want to win games of football you do need some men and I put them in that category.
"Big Akinde has gone up there and is just frightening and you can just see how good he is going to be when he is match fit.
"I am happy, I think we can still improve, if we can look to improve the squad by bringing more players in I think we would possibly be able to do that.
"It's been a long thing (building the squad). I hear people moaning about I don't know what I am doing and have let Ben Tomlinson go. That was the situation, that player did not want to be here. He was disrupting what we wanted to do, so I sacrificed that and I won't have anybody here that doesn't want to be here, that's fine with me.
"We tried bringing Nathan Arnold back and had agreed a deal with Nathan but he reneged on it the next day and went to Cambridge to sign. Good luck to him and that's up to him if he has got more and a better deal for him, fair play.
"Barnes-Homer we had here, we had a deal, contract written out for him which he agreed to, he stalled us for five, six, seven days. We knew what was happening, I knew what was happening and then he reneged on it and signed for Forest Green.
"So we are trying, but then you hear people say we don't get to hear nothing, well why would you? We aren't going to go out and tell the world what we are trying to do and say I am trying to sign John Akinde. Yeah, ok, we (other clubs) didn't realise he was about, we will go and have a go at him.
"It took a lot of hard work to get John Akinde to this football club. It is slowly, slowly, but that's how you have to do it sometimes" ended Law.
This Saturday Alfreton are at home again when newly-promoted Salisbury City are the visitors to the Impact Arena. Kick-off-off is 3pm.