LAW: SUCCESS AND FAILURE LINES ARE SO FINE
Sunday Dec 20, 2015
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law felt his side fell just the wrong side of the success/failure divide line after a 1-0 home defeat by Bradford Park Avenue.
"I think we are disappointed to have lost it" he reflected.
"I think to concede the goal from where we have done, in the area of the pitch that we have done is disappointing, but barring that one chance, I think we were the better side possibly.
"I don't think they have really caused us much trouble, although we haven't really looked that threatening.
"I think first half John Johnston has pulled a good save from (Jon) Stewart and we have hit the bar, Joe Ironside's dragged one wide just before half time, possibly could have had a penalty.
"When you are the wrong side of it and things aren't going your way, that's how the results end up.
"It is very, very fine lines, you are just that little nudge away from it and we have just got to keep going, keep believing the best you can, believe in each other and cut the mistakes out.
"We have looked ok today without looking great going forward.
"I think we were solid but we just haven't got the goals in us to win the game."
Law also felt there were signs of improvement from his squad.
"Goalkeeper Fabian Spiess has come in and done well, he has done what he has had to do, he has kicked it well. Cliff Moyo has come back and done well, he is a good, steady, strong defender and the two centre halves, you have got to remember they are only nineteen years old and I thought they were possibly the best two players on the pitch and I thought Todd Jordan did well sat in front of the back four.
"I said before the game, five (players) to keep us in it and five to go and win it. It I am honest, the five you have got out there to go and win you it don't look like they are going to go and win you it.
"We were devoid of ideas, whether that is a confidence thing I am not sure, but it is something we have just got to ride it through.
"We haven't got a queue of players backing these ones up knocking on the door ready to go in.
"Jordan Robertson may be coming back from injury, he has been a loss. If you look at who has scored the goals the majority are between him and Sam Jones so we are looking for goals from other positions on the pitch.
"Everyone knows what the plan is. It is to bring on and develop young players and unfortunately, not in all the cases, I don't consider 22 or 23 to be young. Brad McGowan is (young), Niall Heaton is and Fabian Spiess is, they are 19/20 year old but at 22/23 you are not, you have got to step to the fore and lead the way for these others.
"Unfortunately, I am seeing today the younger ones leading the other ones and it shouldn't be the way, shouldn't be the case and that's where we are at with it.
"If I am honest, if the right experienced player or players come along and we can do it, then I would like to do it but obviously I would have thought that something is going to have to go out before it can come in and you have also got to make sure that what you bring in is good experience and not experience that has had it's day."