Sunday Jan 3, 2016

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law had praise for his side for coming out of three tough festive fixtures in seven days with seven points thanks particularly to a 1-0 home win over Tamworth on Saturday.

"It was always going to be a difficult game. We knew Tamworth would come and make it difficult for us. They changed shape, they changed personnel, Andy (Morrell) chose to play himself and I know how he is feeling at the minute" said Law.

"We have just gone through what they are going through, they are five losses on the trot.

"We won one and drew one in ten so we were on the back of eight (defeats) and I have just said to him you have got to believe and you will come through. The players will breed and feed off the manager's positivity or negativity.

"It was another great result for us. We knew it was going to be difficult. To be fair they (Tamworth) worked hard, they pressed us high up the pitch, they never let us settle, and I said at half time it was one of those games where one goal was going to win it.

"If I am honest, I thought we the more likely side (to score) but you never know.

"On a day like today mistakes are made and we said at half time (make sure) we are not the team that makes the mistake, we go and do the basics well, do the simple things well and if we do that the rest will follow.

"We have won it with a real bit of quality. A great ball down the side, across the box and Dan Bradley is in off the line and scored it. If I am honest, I think we deserved it.

"We spoke at half time about getting better quality ball into the front and when it did come in, getting hold of it.

"Young Sam Smith who has got two (goals) in two (games) has come in and played three games in a short space of time and hasn't got a great deal of match fitness. He came in and we spoke about getting the ball in to him with a little bit better quality and then getting (Lindon) Meikle, Bradley and Ryan Wilson closer to him and when we did that I thought we looked a threat.

"You have got to take into consideration we are talking from the 26th (December) to the 2nd (January) and we have put three lots of 90 minutes in. If you were in the Premier League you wouldn't be playing that many games in a fortnight so credit to these lads, they are not full time, they are part time and have probably got jobs as well. I think both sides came out with credit today. I thought we worked hard, they tried and put a lot of effort in in difficult conditions and we are just grateful we have come out on the right side of it."

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