LAW: I CAN'T FAULT THE PLAYERS
Sunday Dec 29, 2013
Alfreton Town boss Nicky Law heaped praise on his weary players after the 2-1 home win over Southport on Saturday lifted the team to third place in the Skrill Premier.
“I thought it could have been a little bit more convincing first half but it wasn’t. We spoke at half-time about coming out and keeping the tempo up, but credit to the players, we have had four tough games, Kidderminster away, Dartford, Wrexham and we have come here today and the pitch is heavy.
"Again with the injuries and suspensions we have got it’s the same group doing it all the time, and in the end it takes it's toll on you.
"We are disappointed in the goal that we gave away although they were chucking everything at us. We just had to stay with your man, do your job and see it out and unfortunately we are disappointed in how Brodie has got in on that flick and then it made it a little bit nervy for us.
"Then they have everything to gain and we have everything to lose, they gain a yard and we lose one.
“I can’t fault the lads enough for what they are doing, what they are doing is fantastic and we will just have to hope they can keep doing that.
"It would be great if we could, but if I am honest, there's a few out there today who are running on empty and the problem is, you look at Josh Law who is injured nearing back but he has been out for five weeks. Connor Franklin has come on for 20 minutes and he is blowing, young Jay McFadzean on the bench and Alastair Taylor they have played no games this season, we are pretty near the bone on players.
"Dan Bradley has come off today with a little bit of a hamstring so he is going to be touch and go. John McGrath is going to go for a scan, we think he has tweaked his cartilage so that could be an operation and a six week job so the sooner January comes the better really."
The Reds boss also praised for their efforts despite them not having trained properly recently. "I don't think we have trained properly for three weeks. Such is the situation (we are in). We have to train on this pitch here, and then obviously with games coming up on the Saturday's and with the weather being as bad as it's been, Rob (Brookes, the groundsman) has been brilliant with us, but he called it two weeks or so ago so we have not really trained for three weeks and it definitely has an impact.
"If you can get together and work on things in training you are that much better equipped, but unfortunately, we don't have the facilities to do that and we just have to do what we do."
Looking ahead to the January transfer window, Law explained that he is hopeful he can extend the loan of Lathaniel Rowe-Turner from Luton Town.
"I have had dialogue with (Luton boss) John Still about Lathaniel, I think they are positive to that and Lathaniel is positive to it, what we have got to work out now is whether we can work it out financially.
"As for bringing players in, we have got ourselves into a fantastic position now, one that the likes of the Hereford's and the Forest Green's would give anything to be in this position and then go to January and say we will go and sign three or four and we will have a go for it.
"But, if I am honest, we ain't going to do that on 400 crowds and I know I can't go to the chairman and say 'Give me these four players to push us on and consolidate the play-offs' because we just can't do it financially.
"For the players to get to the position we are in is incredible, it's a phenomenal effort from them. But to ask them to sustain it with the same 15 players is going to be a big, big call."