NICKY LAW SOUTHPORT MATCH REACTION
Saturday Feb 7, 2015
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law felt his side fully deserved the points from the 4-2 home win over Southport on Saturday and was delighted with the response the team gave after falling behind early on.
"We said before the game that it was a massive game, a six pointer. We either ended today as we were, or it was going to be a seven-point cushion for them or a one point cushion and it was the latter thankfully. "
"I think we thoroughly deserved the points today, I thought we were by far the better side, especially after the hiccup with the first goal, that was a bit unfortunate.
"I thought our response was great and how we came in at half-time 1-0 down I will never know.
"But we did and we went out and got the ideal start (to the) second half. Tom (Shaw) has got in there and got the penalty and I think that was it then. We seemed to snowball and I thought it was just a fantastic response from the players that we needed after the disappointment at Woking. I am delighted with the win.
"That was the main focal point of the talk before the game. I said it is no good talking about it, we have got to go out and do it, and we have got to show we don't want to be in the bottom four and we don't want to go out of this league, and if we are not going to do, we have got to go out and show some fight.
"I think we did that. I thought every one of them today were fantastic.
"It (the performance) was just full of effort, endeavour, desire, but it is no good being a one-off, we have got to go and do that every game between now and the end of the season, and if we can, we will win enough games to stay in this league, I am sure."
Whilst he acknowledged it had been a terrific all-round team performance, Law also had praise for two players in particular. Talking about Karl Hawley's goal which put Alfreton 2-1 up.
Law added: "Bradley Wood has run, chased, won the ball and crossed it in and that just epitomised the performance, especially for Bradley. I don't like to single anyone out, but I thought he was exceptional today."
Also singled out was Niall Heaton who made his first start for the club in the left-back position.
Law added: "He is a young boy, he is eighteen-year-old but you look at him and his stature and the way that he has played today and you would age him a lot older than that.
"But at fourteen, fifteen or whatever it was when Liverpool came and took him, there has got to be something (special about him) to go there. We just hope he can build on that now, he was a breath of fresh air."