LAW PLEASED WITH REACTION
LAW PLEASED WITH REACTION
Sunday Nov 2, 2014
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was pleased with the reaction he got from his side in the 1-0 victory at Altrincham on Saturday.
"I thought we did well. We are the away side and we set up how we thought we needed to" said Law.
"They had a lot of good possession, to be fair to them, they try and play the right way.
"We got the goal and could have possibly had a couple more before they really came back into it.
"And then obviously right at the death, Luke Graham, who I thought was magnificent all afternoon, has just climbed on the lad a bit and given the penalty (away) right on the 94th minute as well and you are thinking oh well, that just sums it up for us.
"The young 'un (Cameron Dawson) has made a great save. I don't know whether it was a poor penalty or a good penalty and a great save, but it doesn't matter, he saved it and we have come out the other end with three much-needed points.
"I think the turning point today was that we came and turned up. I think from the front to the back we have worked extremely hard. Massiah (McDonald) and (Paul) Clayton) have worked hard up front, the midfield four have worked really well, backed them up behind, they have worked across and up the pitch well and the back four have mirrored that and defended great.
"The two centre-halves were good, Bradley Wood and Rowe-Turner were excellent. The 'keeper has not had a great deal to do to be fair. They have had a lot of possession, but he (Dawson) in terms of shots has not had that much to do. He had one right at the end and got that one right.
"We are just grateful for the three points and we can now use that as our bench mark and kick on.
"We played at a tempo. I think there is still a lot more in us. I think to get back to being the team people don't want to play, we have shown big parts of that today but I think there is still room for improvement there."
Law also had praise for Nathan Hicks who made his first start since dislocating a shoulder in the corresponding fixture with Altrincham at the Impact Arena back on September 9th.
"I said before the game that I am going to pick players who are going to go out and have a go, put themselves on the line, and I think he certainly did" reflected Law.
"That boy had a dislocated shoulder a few weeks ago and he has been putting himself forward for three weeks now. That's the kind of commitment and desire we are going to need if we are going to survive and he just epitomised everything.
"I brought him off near the end because he was blowing a bit but that is great testament to him as well. He has only had probably three training sessions but he has looked after himself, kept himself fit.
"I thought Massiah McDonald came in and has done really well. I think Joe Ironside has been unfortunate. Joe came in and really, really did well and had a bit of burn-out. He has probably been a victim of his own success and he has not quite got back in.
"I am really pleased with Massiah and Hicksy coming in today, I think they made a big difference for us.
"That's a different Dan Bradley to the one from the last three or four games. I shouldn't have to keep leaving him out to get a reaction from him. That was what Dan Bradley is about."
Looking ahead to a blank weekend following the midweek FA Cup exit, Law had mixed feelings about not being able to follow up on a good performance and gain some momentum.
"Obviously we would like to go into a game next weekend and I don't know whether that will still be the case. The FA (may) suggest we play someone or bring a game forward, it that's the case then that's what we will do.
"We will use the week, we will work hard Tuesday and Thursday and if it need be, Saturday, and there's a lot of things we can work on. We are nowhere near where we want to be yet and it will give us opportunities to work on and that's what we shall do" ended the Reds boss.