LAW: FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE
Wednesday Nov 16, 2011
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law says his players just need to believe that they can turn the season around.
Law was reflecting after the 4-0 FA Cup defeat at home to Carlisle United had left his troops concentrating on the league.
"Once again we have shown what we can do. For the first 30 minutes you wouldn't have known which side was which and we dominated the second half. We had five corners and three free kicks into their box before they got their first corner and scored.
"I have been in these situations as a player where it seems that every mistake you make costs you a goal.
"We know it is hard, but you are not going to do anything if you are going to lay down and die. You have got to get your head up and make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen.
"There is a long, long way to go yet and if we can get to the turn of the year on something like 19 points it will become a different ball game for us.
"We are training a lot harder than we did last year but we are not getting the rewards. The lads are working extremely hard and nobody feels as bad as they do. We have shown in almost every game this season that we have had chances to go in front but didn't. For one reason or another it isn't happening.
"But at least we are creating the chances. We need a little bit of luck and, if I am honest, I don't think we have had hardly any so far.
"There again fortune favours the brave. You make your own luck by being brave and taking the game by the scruff of the neck.
"We don't set up negatively, we set out to try and win games. You can't set up and think you can defend for 90 minutes, it is impossible."
This Saturday the Reds are home to a Gateshead side who led the table for a good portion of the early season and although they have slipped somewhat in recent weeks, are still just one point outside of the play-offs in sixth place.
Law knows it is another big game for his side but he is convinced his side can get something from it.
He ended: "The game up there earlier in the season was one of our best performances. We were really good for 70 minutes before one mistake cost us a goal and we only conceded a second one as we were chasing the game.
"We are aware it is going to be another tough game, but they are all tough. We are just going to have to go out there and give it our best go. It is no use feeling a bit down. A couple of good results can change the mentality of everyone."
Law will be without son Josh who has damaged ankle ligaments and will be out for around a fortnight.
Meanwhile, Luke Potter's loan spell from Barnsley has ended and the left-sided defender has returned to the South Yorkshire club.
Alfreton Town Supporters Association's latest fund raiser sees them hosting a themed dinner on Friday, November 25, at the Lotus Lounge Restaurant in Alfreton.
The Chinese themed buffet restaurant will house the Reds fans for an informal get together with a variety of fundraising activities planned. The evening starts at 7pm and a limited number of tickets are available for £15. Anyone interested can reserve a place by contacting Lisa Hughes or Ian Danby in the John Harrison suite at this Saturday's home game.