LAW: WE HAVE TURNED THE CORNER
Wednesday Oct 26, 2011
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law is calling for his side to match the endeavour and spirit shown in the last two games.
They may have been two defeats, but the Reds chief is confident his side has turned the corner in terms of achieving the desired performance levels.
After matching Fleetwood Town in the first half before having a man sent off and going down 4-1 last Tuesday, Alfreton opened up a deserved 2-0 half-time lead at Mansfield Town last Saturday but ended up losing 3-2 in injury time after two players had been sent off for two cautionable offences each.
As he looked ahead to this Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying round home tie with Lincoln City, Law reflected: "After the last two games, I really think we have turned the corner.
"For 33 minutes against Fleetwood you would not have known which team was challenging for the title and which one battling relegation.
"Then we lose Theo Streete through a moment of madness which sees him get sent off and it costs the team and the club.
"On Saturday at Mansfield, we had Anthony Wilson and Greg Young both sent off in the second half when we were well in control of the game at 2-0 up.
"It we had kept 11 players on the pitch we would have won that game comfortably."
Wilson was sent off on 49 minutes and Young followed on the hour which left the Reds with just nine men to defend the two-goal lead for the remaining half-an-hour plus injury time.
They held out until 74 minutes when the Stags were gifted a penalty and from then on it was like the siege of the Alamo as the hosts enjoyed their numerical advantage.
Alfreton had commitment and spirit in bucket-loads but sheer pressure told in the end and after a superb equaliser from Lindon Meikle, former Red Andy Todd grabbed what looked an unlikely win for Mansfield at one stage in the first minute of injury time.
Law added: "Those two players have cost the club three points. The three players over the two games have cost the club four, possibly six points and it can't happen and won't happen again.
"There is a little bit more belief there now and it is just a shame we didn't get the win on Saturday to give us even more confidence.
"We have got to build on it but it just seems we take two steps forward and six back with the injuries and suspensions which have cost us.
"We do go out and give it everything. I am never going to condone anyone going out and elbowing somebody in the face. Never, ever, will I condon e that. What I will condone is players going out and getting tackles in and blocks in."
Law is looking forward to the distraction of the FA Cup from the battle for Blue Square Bet Premier Division survival.
He ended: "It is a distraction when you have got a battle on like we have and you don't want to get distracted. But, winning brings in money in this competition which is much needed for the club with gates falling, etc.
" Winning also brings confidence and you can roll that into the next game."
Should a replay be necessary in the FA Cup, this will take place at Lincoln City's Sincil Bank ground on Tuesday, November 1 with a 7.45pm kick-off