LAW PRAISES WILLIS CHARACTER
Saturday Dec 27, 2014
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was a frustrated man after seeing his side go down to a 3-2 Boxing Day defeat at Lincoln City.
"It was hard to bear - we've come in at half-time and, without looking through rose-coloured glasses, l thought we should have been 3-1 up - it could even have been four or more" he reflected.
"We created a lot of chances and unfortunately they've not gone in for us, and when that happens you've got to defend right and we've come in 1-0 down at half-time on a straight free-kick into the box - we've not dealt with the header and we find ourself 1-0 down.
"Then we come out second half, created chances again, got on the front foot, got back to 1-1 and from there l thought there was only one winner, but then we've conceded two poor goals from second phase corners - third phase l think in the second case - and we're disappointed.
"As l've just said in there you've got to be able to deal with a lot of set plays and free-kicks when you get to this level of football, and unfortunately we haven't done that today."
Asked if this was a pleasing response from the 5-1 defeat against Macclesfield Town, he commented: "lt was a much better performance wasn't it, but it's still got flaws in it, there's still a lot to do, but yeah l thought we showed a bit more resistence today and a bit more resilience, but unfortunately it was the same end product.
"After the Macclesfield game l said anyone can get themselves beat, we got knocked off our bike, but you've got to get back on the bike, but we've got to realise the reasons why we came off the bike - l think if you look at Macclesfield we struggled to deal with the basic movement of their front men, l don't think we pressed the ball well enough and l think at times today, when we struggled, was when we didn't track Sam-Yorke when he ran in behind and ran out wide - passed him on and you can't, you've got to stay with him - and we didn't deal with the first ball up, be it from a free-kick or a goal-kick
"l thought Dan Bradley was the best player on the pitch by a country mile [emphasised twice] and he didn't deserve to be on the losing side and l think that goal capped a great day for him."
Asked if he thought for a moment that it might have been Anthony Howell taking over in goal again at Lincoln, Law ended: "George is a young boy, he's come out with his eye smashed to pieces - the doc's saying he can't go back on and the ref's telling me the doc says he can't go back on - and it's not the doctor's decision, it's the player's decision.
"Then you've got their assistant manager asking the referee to get on with the game - it's an absolute joke. He's gone off, got his head strapped up, he can hardly see out of that eye, and l've just said to him in there 'for a young lad you've shown great character for me today' and that's everything that you want from someone - he's gone out second half, played a full 45 minutes and he can hardly see out of that eye - give the kid credit, but it's difficult to put up with some of the comments that you hear from the opposition's bench."