LAW: WE WEREN'T UP TO RECENT STANDARDS
Wednesday Sep 25, 2013
BOSS UNHAPPY WITH DEFENDING FROM SET PIECES IN SOUTHPORT DEFEAT
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law said he was frustrated at his side’s defending from set pieces after their 2-1 defeat away at Southport.
The Reds conceded two goals from corners after taking the lead against the Port, consigning them to their first defeat in five Skrill Premier games.
Law was unhappy not just at the defending from the corners that led to the goals, but by the performance in general, which the Reds’ boss says wasn’t anywhere near the level seen in recent games.
“I’m disappointed with the result, I think we’ve come here and by our recent standards, we’ve not got anywhere near them,” said Law.
“But that said we still took the lead at 1-0. We’ve given away a poor first goal on the second phase of a corner, its back to 1-1. There’s a massive, massive decision when the referee doesn’t give a penalty for us …I have to be careful what I say but I think he was poor at best…but he hasn’t cost us the game.
“For the second corner, we’re in no danger whatsoever, the ball is going out, I don’t know if it’s a lack of communication but we’ve given a needless corner away. They’ve chucked everyone forward, we all know who’s marking who, but one player decides that he’s not going to mark and is going to stand spare.
“That’s pulled Wyldey [Michael Wylde] off his man to go and get the header, and we wind up getting caught on a disappointing corner.
“When you decide you’re going to do something else from the job you’re given, you’re going to get punished for it. If you take your car to be sprayed red and someone else has decided to spray it yellow just because they want to, you’re not going to be happy, are you?
“And that’s exactly what we’ve done, we know exactly what we’re doing from the corner, and one player switches off and decides that he’s going to go and do something else, so someone else has to try and cover them to counter-act it and the man they’re supposed to be marking scores.”
“So I’m disappointed but as I say, we’ve had a good run and it’s about how we bounce back now.”
Law named an unchanged lineup for the fifth consecutive game against Southport, keeping faith with the side that have taken Alfreton to the upper echelons of the Skrill Premier table, but admitted that he was now considering making changes with this Saturday’s away trip to Braintree Town in mind.
“If I’m honest I did ponder on the way over if Southport was one game too many [to name an unchanged side] and I wondered if Barnet on Saturday was one game too many with the same players, whether a change was needed,” said Law.
“We’ve got away with it Saturday and got a good result and we’ve come here today and it did look like a game too far.
“We didn’t start the game well, we didn’t get tight enough. We weren’t our usual selves. But give Southport credit, they worked hard, they got on the ball, they passed the ball about, they got it into areas for the wide men with a bit of pace, and when they did they were positive and caused us a threat.”
Law also handed a spot on the bench to new signing Samuel Akinde, brother of Alfreton striker John, and revealed what he felt the younger Akinde would bring to his side.
“We’re obviously happy to have Sam, he’s a big strong lad and he’s technically good, he’s got a good strike on him and hopefully we can bed him in, get him involved,” said the Reds’ gaffer.
“He’s another option for us, a big strong lad who’s technically very good as well, we’re glad to get him and hopefully he gives us another option up front."
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