Saturday Aug 2, 2014

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law feels his side have got the kick up the backside they may need just eight days ahead of the new Vanarama Conference season.

Speaking after a 4-1 home defeat against lower league opponents Solihull Moors, he spoke about how pre-season has gone so far.

“Up until tonight if I am honest, I think it has been productive. We have made forward steps, we were inching our way forward and I was pleased with it (how things have gone).

“I am disappointed with that performance tonight. It was nowhere near good enough. But, sometimes, like I have just said to the players in there, it’s not such a bad thing if it gives you a kick up the backside.

“As long as you learn from it, and you don’t go into next Saturday like that, then it’s not all such a bad thing.

“After Tuesday’s game (against Rotherham United) we said the big test was going to be tonight and unfortunately we failed it tonight.

“I am not going to be saying we are good, good, good, good, good or rubbish because we have lost 4-1. There are a lot of reasons why we lost. We didn’t defend properly, we weren’t ‘at it’ which is disappointing but as long as we learn from it, it’s what we do next Saturday that counts.

“As a group, as a whole team we have defended well up until tonight. And then for some mad reason tonight, we seemed to lose a little bit of possession, we got ragged, and we got dragged about and all of a sudden we forgot what had boded us well in the previous two or three games.

“Again, it’s just reminding, it’s repetition and getting it into the players that there are going to be times when we give the ball away needlessly like we did and we are going to end up defending.

“There are times in a game where you have got to sit in, get your shape, and there are certain times in a game where it ain’t happening and you have just got to turn it into the corners, get in behind and get your shape back an get your thoughts back.”

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