Sunday Nov 16, 2014

Alfreton boss Nicky Law criticised both ends of his team after seeing them let slip a 1-0 half-time lead as they fell away to a 3-2 home defeat against Dover Athletic on Saturday.
“I think if I am honest, we have come in at half-time and the game should be over, we should be 3-1 up. You can’t miss chances like that and we have done” said Law.

“We have spoke about what we need, keep the tempo up, keep doing the right things, made them aware of where they (Dover) may capitalise on and we have conceded two goals from exactly what we spoke about at half-time, their wide men getting inside our full backs.

"The first goal, our goalie has kicked it onto their full back and their left winger scores.

“Other than tell people where things are going to happen, if they can’t carry those instructions out there is not a great deal you can do.

"For the second goal we have got possession on the half-way line with our centre forward. Next minute he has played their man in, we have given a foul away, the ball comes in the box and you have seen what's happened after that, the keeper has thrown it into his own net.

"You won't win games of football at any level let alone this level conceding goals like that.

"We have completely self-inflicted today. I talk to the players about game management and managing a situation. We have gone out second half and we have not been good.

"They (Dover) haven't won that game, we have thrown that game away. No disrespect to Dover, they have come here, they have had a game plan and even though I think we dominated the first half, they have stuck at it and stuck at it and we failed to do that.

"We have beat ourselves today, Dover haven't beat us, we have absolutely committed suicide today, and again, it is disappointing."

Law also spoke of his frustration at his side conceding three goals following two successive clean sheets.

"We spoke at half-time. Their threat in the first ten minutes was ball up to the lone striker, ball set back or the flick on to Deverdics or the other boy, the number ten (Tom Murphy) on the other wide making runs inside the full backs, that was the danger" added law.

"We solved that. And then we said at half time, the only danger is the ball up and the wide men getting inside. They have scored two goals from it.

"And the third goal is from our centre forward who has got possession, unopposed, on the half way line, next minute we are picking the ball out of our net.

"If they (the players) can't take instructions on and carry them out, you are in trouble."

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