Sunday Jan 11, 2015

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law had mixed emotions after seeing his side score three goals away from home, take the lead three times but still end up losing their FA Trophy second round tie at FC Halifax Town 5-3.

"It's disappointing. We've come to a place like this, scored three goals, took the lead three times and can't hang on to the lead because we can't dominate the ball up" reflected the Reds boss.

"They scored from three set plays l believe - a free-kick, four - and a sloppy bit of play from Luke Graham where he's lost possession in a crucial area, but any level of football you've got to be able to defend, you've got to be able to go and attack the ball and we haven't done that, and we got found out again.

"l think we've come away from home and looked the best team at times, we've played some good football, scored three great goals, three really, really good goals and give five poor goals away - on those equations you're not going to win a game of football.

"As l've just said in there (the changing room), unless you can defend better that you're not going to win a game of football, whatever the level - whether it be in the Derbyshire Senior Cup on Tuesday.

"We played some good stuff, took a good lead. The first goal was a poor goal to give away - then we take the lead again, and we give that up again, then we get in front again and then we give that up again - you can't do it - you cannot concede goals of that kind and win games of football

"Andi Thanoj came in today and was excellent, Tom Shaw controlled the game - dropped on the ball and passed well - Johnston, when he got on the ball he was too much for them - and they were the good things about us, but then unfortunately there comes a time in a game when you've got to defend and we haven't done it."

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