Macca: 'We showed grit, fight, desire, it was excellent'

Macca: 'We showed grit, fight, desire, it was excellent'

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017

Reds Boss John McDermott reflects after Alfreton's 3-1 win at Rushden & Diamonds last night in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Replay, the Boss looks ahead to a return to league duty and a trip to Spennymoor Town on Saturday.

The Reds progressed in the FA Cup thanks to goals from Tom Allan, Brendon Daniels and Ricky German in a much improved all round performance from the first match. Alfreton will travel to Stourbridge in the Third Qualifying Round next.

Macca spoke to Amar:

"It was a great performance from the lads on Tuesday night, it was well fought, we showed grit, fight and desire; it was excellent. We got to the second balls and we got in their faces. The full backs bombed on and created and looked dangerous, and our wide men created and looked a threat."

"Tom Allan came in for Billy and I thought he was brilliant, he scored a great goal and was immense at the back. He defended everything really well and I thought we deserved a two goal lead at half time and we were unlucky to go in level."

"It was absolute quality from Brendon for the second goal and we pressed throughout and it could have been three or four. That is what Brendon brings, excellent from set pieces and he helped us with that added quality in the final third. Brendon hit the post, Ricky had a chance, Brody was unlucky with the rebound and Jenno was in but missed that chance."

Macca was pleaed that the Reds got back to the performance of recent weeks and also how they handled the job:

"It was more like us, it was an Alfreton performance of recent weeks. It was a very heavy pitch but we handled it well and we can look forward to the next round now. There is no easy games in the FA Cup and it's a game that we welcome and we need to make sure we do a professional job like we did at Rushden."

"We executed the plan well, the early goal took the sting out of the atmosphere and then with their equaliser it lifted the place but it was a good time to score and a bad time. Half time came soon afterwards which took the momentum away and it shut the resurgence down, they had no time to force the issue. We were disappointed with the timing of the goal but we said to the lads at the break, we're the stronger team and to forget about the goal, keep doing what you're doing."

"We came out second half and we did what we do better and we got our rewards, it was all about hard work and we did that. I was really pleased and proud of the lads."

It's a return to league duty on Saturday as Alfreton head to Spennymoor Town, Macca recognised the test:

"I'm treating it like a cup final, we want to be in the top 7, we're just outside and we have got to go to Spennymoor and win. Every game is tough in this league and I said before every team is dangerous. It will be tough and we need to make sure our levels are high."

"I said to the lads we don't want be go there and just be in it, or for us to stay in it, we want to win it. We are confident, the mood is great and we are in great form and scoring goals. Hopefully we take a good following up there, our fans are always great on our travels and we will aim to get the three points." 

Spennymoor v Alfreton kicks off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

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