Monday Sep 22, 2014

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was pleased with several aspects of the 1-0 win over Nuneaton Town on Saturday, and had particular praise for goalscorer David Mellor and goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.

“It was a difficult game, we knew it was going to be a difficult game. They are a big, strong side and I think first half we didn’t cope with Andy Brown particularly well which put us on the back foot and them on the front foot" he said.

“It was a turn around second half. Whether it is going down the hill I am not so sure, we got a bit tighter further up the pitch which enabled us to get a little bit more competitive at centre half and I thought we dominated them.

“We got the goal in the second half that won the game. Maybe they should have had one in the first half as well but I thought they had a lot of help as well first half, they got that many free kicks and that many decisions. I don’t think that was as fair as it should have been but that’s how it works.

“And we have come out with a clean sheet which was pleasing. “David Mellor has made a great run from the left-hand side, got across the keeper and put it in. A good goal.

“But it all came from the hard work in the build-up to the goal.

“I am pleased for David. He is finding his feet. He hasn’t played a lot of football. He had an operation pre-season. He has come back, these Reserve teams don’t play a lot of football. To be fair, I have said to him after the game that he always looks like he is blowing and then he has got a bit more and he comes again.

“You can see when he gets the ball on that left-hand side and goes past people and you know when he does go past people it is quality coming into the box. “He is a very, very good player.”

Asked whether he was pleased with the back four starting to gel and keeping two clean sheets in the last three games, Law had special praise for goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.

“I think you can include the young goalie in that. He has come in for a lot of criticism which is disappointing when you have got an 18/19 year-old coming in learning his trade he is going to make mistakes. When you are 28 you still make mistakes.

“But I think he has come in and got better and he is now showing what a good goalkeeper he is going to be. He is not at Sheffield Wednesday because he is a mug, we are lucky to have him and we are just hopeful now that we can extend that loan and get within that loan the fact that we can play him in the FA Cup which will be another big plus for us.

“I think he is good and he is getting better and better. Let’s hope we can keep him for the maximum 93 days and he will take some replacing and it will only be until you have not got him you realise how good he was.”

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