THE FINAL WORD: LAW PRAISES SPIRIT OF SIDE
Sunday Jan 6, 2013
ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law praised his side's spirit after seeing them twice come from behind to clinch a late victory over Dartford on Saturday.
"We started really brightly and we have given a poor goal away from our perspective. We have not dealt with the first ball up and it's gone wide. We haven't got tight enough and the lad has come in and put in probably the only place he could score.
"I think we responded well, we took the game to them and we could have equalised before we did and even gone in front but we didn't.
[There was] A good little bit of link up play over on the right-hand side, a good ball in and Dan [Meadows] great header for the equaliser.
"I said at half-time it was a test for us, to see if we could see the 45 minutes out without almost self-inflicting, imploding. When I look at a lot of the games we have, the Mansfield game recently, you know, we self-inflicted in that game, we just didn't turn up, that was about us and nobody else.
"We went out there second half and we have given another poor goal away. We are in control of the ball mid-pitch, we make a wrong decision, lose the ball and we are 2-1 down.
"You are thinking here we go again. But, credit to the players. We got ourselves back into the game with a good equaliser and then got a worthy winner at the end, and I am just relieved to get the three points.
"One thing we are not lacking in is spirit and effort and endeavour. Sometimes that can be saved and your energies can be saved if you can just have a little bit of nous and work the game out. But unfortunately, we are a youngish group and a naive group at times. I wouldn't say the lads we have got are seasoned players with great nous and can work the game out and slow the game down when it needs to be slowed and make the right decisions when they need to be made. We do struggle with that and that is something obviously now that January is here we can maybe look to rectify.
"But, generally, on the whole, we are pleased with what we have got. We have got a good squad of players and I said that before the game.
"You look at Newport and Wrexham last night and everyone is wowing about what a great game it was. We have put four [goals] past both of them. We have beat Luton, we have beat Mansfield so that isn't a problem. We have got good players and a good group of players and it is now about getting a bit of consistency and knocking a bit of naivety out of us".
Law had praise for the assured way Daniel Meadows netted the late winner and his overall contribution to the game.
"For the Mansfield away game Simon Russell was brought in and gave us a little bit of experience and was kept into the second Mansfield game and to me, it looked as if we didn't have the legs in that section of the pitch to cope and that is why I changed it today.
"I felt the midfield I went with today, and the front three have a lot of energy and legs and we wanted to play a certain way, try and take some of the problems I mentioned away by getting the ball forward early and getting in behind them and I think that worked.
"Danny came in and certainly had a big influence and he could have had three or four to be fair."