Sunday Dec 14, 2014

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law praised the character of his players after seeing them record a third straight win in a week as a 2-0 FA Trophy success at Lincoln City put them into the draw for the second round.

"We've been in a bad place for a long time. It took good character from the players - we've tried to instil some belief in them and hopefully we're finally doing that and again they've shown what they can do" he reflected.

"We've come here against a team that is buoyant - we keep hearing about how they're on a roll because they'd won three on the trot - we knew it was going to be tough, but we came here and if l'm honest it could have been a lot more than 2-0.

"Yes, we're pleased with the win, but l'd swap that for three points on Boxing Day, but we'll come here again.

"l thought it was a good game - both sides went at it well and gave it a go, it was an end-to-end game and we're just pleased to get the win and get into the next round."

Asked if he agreed they were the better team by far "l thought so - they're a good side you've only got to look at the starting eleven, what they've got on the bench, what they've not got playing - to see what a good squad they've got.

"l said this some time back it's probably the best squad Lincoln's had as far back as l remember - a great group of players - they are going to be a threat, and as l said it's a good win for us.

"l thought we defended well - we'd got a good shape about us and we'd got a lot of legs and we'd break quickly and that's where that goal came from [referring to the second goal] - a good finish by Shaw in the end and a good goal."

Asked if it was a big boost to win the Trophy tie, Law added: "Yes, but knowing our luck we'll probably get the worst draw we can away from home, but that's how it goes - we're much happier to have come here today and won and it's another positive step forward, a couple of bob in the bank and a chance to go again - the result was the important thing.

"When you're doing well you're confident and you're not afraid to have the ball - you want the ball - and when it's going against you, as it has done for a lot of the season for us, you do tend to get out of the way a little bit and maybe not want the ball as much - but that's just a human thing - if you're confident in yourself or you're not confident in yourself.

"We've spoken a lot about it in recent weeks and - we've got to believe in each other in a group and l think we've done that and we've started to show that.

"As l've always said l don't believe that we're as bad as our position would suggest, but we are there, we've got to deal with it and we've got to fight our way out of it, and l think at the minute - three wins on the trot - we're making progress."

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