PLUSES AND MINUSES FOR LAW IN VICTORY
Sunday Aug 18, 2013
Despite a second home win in four days, Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law had mixed feelings and was pleased with the result but disappointed with the performance of his side.
"I don't think we were at our best and I don't think we reached the heights of Tuesday. But I am trying to get positives out of everything we can and I would say we would probably would not have won that game last year" reflected the Reds boss.
"We did not play great, but we dug in, the players worked hard and we ground the result out and that's all you can do" he added.
Law also felt that it was somewhat ironic that Job Ayo Akinde hit a hat-trick despite not appearing to have had as much impact as he had against Kidderminster on Tuesday.
"If anything I think he was less effective than he was on Tuesday but ended up scoring three goals. Maybe if he gets his head on the one in the first half he could have had four but that's football isn't it.
"But you have got to be there to score them and he was and obviously [we are] pleased with him and for him. I think his performance on Tuesday was more effective than he was today but he didn't score three goals as he has done today, so we will take that every day!
"We have lacked a presence and John has just come in and proved that. We maybe just try and sort the other little bits right now where we feel we are short."
Law was also disappointed in the manner in which both of Salisbury's goals were conceded.
He explained: "The first one is a poor one, the second you are disappointed to get beat from there to be fair, it's the lead up to the free kick which disappoints more than anything. Dan Bradley has had to make a run from centre midfield when it is probably not his man, he gets there, and again, maybe impetuous and wants to try and win it but you didn't have to do a lot today for the referee to blow his whistle and we should have known better really, but then unfortunately they have scored from it."
Law was very disappointed his side were not awarded a penalty in the first half when Josh Law was clearly felled by Luke Ruddick, instead the assistant referee on the far side flagged for offside.
"The linesman's decision on the far side first half, for the life of me, none of our lads know why he's flagged for offside. If he has flagged Akinde off, he is two yards behind Josh who has got the penalty, if he has given Josh off, he has started two yards behind Akinde.
"We didn't know. He (the linesman) has come off at half time and he is looking at the floor shaking, he didn't know what he had done.
"If you look at the league table we are plus two goals and I don't think we were that at any time last year. We know we are in a good place when we are disappointed but today we showed a resilience.
"We are disappointed with the two goals, but they will be disappointed with the three they have conceded, but that's football. I don't think we were fully at it but I think physically we were too much for them" ended Law.