LAW: WE HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW
Wednesday Nov 30, 2011
REDS BOSS RUES MISSED CHANCES
ALFRETON Town boss Nicky Law felt his side were desperately unlucky not to gain any points reward from their midweek trek to Barrow which saw him get home at 2am.
"It's a heck of a journey, but we have gone there in atrocious conditions and on a horrible pitch and dominated them without anything to show. If we had won it 3-1 there couldn't have been many complaints" he reflected.
"The first half saw us have a gale force wind behind us and we didn't use the ball well enough, we were trying to do it in one pass all the time instead of building up. We needed players to get on the ball and take responsibility.
"Having had all the early pressure we conceded a goal from their first attack. We then continued to press, had a penalty denied and hit a post.
"At half-time we spoke of the need to get it down and play against an horrendous wind and we did that. We hit the post and bar three more times in the second half and their keeper has made a couple of great saves.
"If you look at the stats, we dominated possession (54 per cent to 46), had more corners (13 to 3), had more shots on (4 to 3) and had more attempts off target (9 to 5).We did everything but score, but, if you can't put the ball in the net, you are not going to win."
Several good back-to-back performances have given Law plenty of reason to believe Alfreton are going to stay up.
"The four points from the Gateshead and Hayes games have seen us close the gap and put us right in the mix. If we are going to survive, and I think we can, we need to start taking some of the glut of chances we are creating each game.
"In general, I think we are as good as anyone on our day and we have shown that in spells. "We have steadied ourselves at the back. We conceded an unfortunate own goal and a wonder goal on Saturday and it was a defensive slip which let Barrow in on Tuesday. "But at the end of the day it's goals we score that count."
Law also had praise for latest loan signings, central defender Adam Quinn from Darlington and wide midfield player Rob Eagle from Grimsby Town.
"Rob has not played a full game for two months due to injury but he has come in and done well in both of his outings and Quinny has made a big difference to us at the back."
The Reds are on the road again on Saturday when they travel to Southport.
Kick-off at Haig Avenue is 3pm and ATFC Supporters' Association transport departs at 9.15am. Seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 01773 836251
Next Tuesday the Reds have another bottom-of-the-table clash when Newport County visit the Impact Arena, 7.45pm.
The following Saturday will see Alfreton face Southport for the third time this season and a second in a week as the Sandgrounders visit the Impact Arena to contest an FA Trophy first round tie.
Should the Trophy tie require a replay, this will be staged on Tuesday, December 13 with the Derbyshire Senior Cup tie at Gresley being postponed to another date.