THE LAST WORD: LAW CRITICAL OF LACK OF FIGHT
Sunday Feb 10, 2013
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law didn't hold back in his criticism of his side's lack of fight in the second half of the 3-0 home defeat by Woking on Saturday.
He reflected: "I thought we started the game really well, dominated the game, didn't get in front, couldn't take one of our chances.
Credit to them [Woking], they dug in and stuck at it. They have come at us second half and deservedly won the game.
"It is just the same old, post match conversation in the dressing room.
"Watching the first half you never think it's going to be zero three, no way on this earth. But then we have to come to defend don't we and we can't do it again. It is just suicide again.
"You are looking for people to stand up and be counted. It is unfair to name names, but I probably think that have had only three players show some resolve today, the other eight for me have not done it.
"At times like this, one thing we have always been renowned for is having some fight and they actually came here today and reminded me of old of us and now I look at it and I am not seeing a lot of fight.
"We have got some nice footballers who can play football. But when it comes to standing up and being counted, in a game where it is not going for you, you dig in and get on to each other, you get organised and be resilient and make sure you don't lose.
"We have just capitulated again. You are looking for a team there with a big strong back four and you are hoping they keep you in the game. The goals are not even schoolboy goals. In fact, I would be discrediting fourteen-year-old kids that are playing football if I compared that to them.
"I have got to now find the ones that are willing to go out and have a battle and the ones that are not and the ones that are not at the minute are going to find themselves on the outside of things.
"We have got a tough game at Cambridge on Tuesday and we can't go there and perform like that. We need to show more resolve than we have done today.
"A couple of our players are saying that our own crowd are getting on at them. I don't necessarily agree with that. If I am honest I probably don't blame them. If I had paid to come in and seen that I would have said something as well.
"If we are going to let our own supporters beat us what chance have we got?
"The biggest disappointment for me was that we started the game off as good as we have done for a long time. We were on the front foot and we could have been two or three up in the first 15 minutes. But we haven't taken our chances, same old, and then you are thinking we dig in and take nothing, we take zero, we take a point out of it if that's what we have to do.
"But that was never going to happen. When we went out second half you could tell that straight away, we are on the back foot, second best to everything. I can't take anything away from them, they thoroughly deserved their win. They looked a good side in the second half, they were resolute, they are good up front, the midfield four were good, they looked a good side. You can see why they have won six out of seven.
"'We have got to find an answer and we will find an answer. At times like this you stand up and be counted and that's what we have got to do."