LAW UNHAPPY WITH DEFENSIVE ERRORS
Wednesday Oct 12, 2011
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law berated his defence after more mistakes cost points in both of the last two home games.
The Reds led 1-0 and were totally dominating against Kettering Town on Saturday before a penalty was conceded and the visitors escaped with a point from a 1-1 draw.
Tuesday evening saw three more defensive errors all of which were punished to the full as Lincoln City went away with a 3-1 win.
In both games, Alfreton dominated possession and territory, shots on and off target and corners, but emerged with just the one point from two games that had they won, would have lifted them comfortably out of the bottom four and above both of their opponents.
Law reflected: "People will look at the Lincoln result and think that is a right towsing. But anybody who was there will know different.
"We are coming unstuck with some individuals who either don't want to defend or can't. That is why I will be out again tonight [Wednesday] looking for players who want to.
"We know that if you have got defenders who can't defend properly, you won't win games of football. And that's what we had, that's where we were against Lincoln.
"It wasn't there on Saturday and we looked set for victory, but then we give a needless penalty away. For me, it was the only way Kettering were going to score.
"We have not got enough defenders with 'an over my dead body' mentality. We have got to defend properly. That is the title of their job, defender, to keep the ball out of our net and they can't do it.
"Joe Day hasn't had a shot to save, but he has had three put past him. If you look at the nature of the goals, they are gifts. We don't get any gifts. Ours was a good goal against Lincoln. It is as black and white as that.
"Statistics don't lie. We dominated the statistics against Lincoln and Kettering. We had something like 20 corners over the two games. We had six against Lincoln to their one. The difference was they scored from theirs.
"We are not clinical enough in front of goal which was proven again on Tuesday. The chances are being created, we are dominating possession, so from my point of view we are setting out to try and win games.
"Teams are not getting anywhere near enough chances as we are but they are scoring goals so that tells you the story.
"On the positive side there were some really good individual performances, but equally, there were some poor ones when it counted which cost us again."
Law has strengthened his squad twice in the last week with goalkeeper Joe Day coming in on a month's loan from Peterborough United and attacking midfielder Lee Stevenson has joined from Blue Square Bet Premier Division rivals Mansfield Town.
He won't be allowed to take part in Alfreton's game at Mansfield a week on Saturday and the Stags also don't want him to play in the FA Cup.
The Reds travel to Cambridge United on Saturday, scene of a famous 6-3 FA Trophy replay victory last season.
Next Tuesday, big spending Fleetwood Town are at the Impact Arena (7.45pm).
ATFC Supporters' Association transport departs at 9.15am for Cambridge. Seats can be booked via Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251.