THE LAST WORD: NICKY LAW REFLECTS ON A THRILLING WIN
Sunday Mar 17, 2013
Alfreton manager Nicky Law praised his side's commitment after seeing them score three late second half goals to overturn a two-goal deficit against a good Gateshead side.
He reflected: "At no point did I think we deserved to be 2-0 down if I am honest.
"We have given a poor first goal away. We have got to make a decision and just get rid of the ball and we haven't.
"The second one, everyone in the ground barring the referee can see it is not a penalty and he has given it. The less said about him probably the better. To be fair, the players have dug themselves out of a hole, and him really, because if we had lost that game it would have been a travesty.
"Fair play to the players, the substitutes who came on made a difference. If I am honest, up to making the subs, I am probably thinking there are possibly four [players] who have performed to any level of where we should be at and you can't do that.
"You can't have four or five players on it and six off it and that's where we were. But again, great to come back, great end to the game and it could have been oh so more convincing I think."
And Law insists the performances of the substitutes will not give him a headache for this week.
He added: "You perform, you are in the team, if you don't, you are not.
"I look at today, one of the substitutions was a player who is still finding his feet and his level of fitness; another one was someone who when he does what he is good at he is effective and is a big plus for us and when he doesn't, he isn't. And then then the other one is someone who was maybe 50/50 on Thursday whether he would play and he has but then again was off it.
"The substitutes have they give us some legs and come on and done well.
"It looks like they have turned the game around but it was a fantastic performance and must have been a great game to watch.
"I need say no more. I say to them every week I am not bothered about the opposition, I am bothered about us and when we want to go side-ways and backwards and play at a slow tempo we are not at our best. When we get the ball and get it forward and fight for first and second ball we are a good team and we showed what we can do there in 15 minutes."
The Reds boss also felt it was important how quickly the team got the second goal.
"When you get that first one, you need to get the second one pretty quick if you can. They were doing their best to let the game die out and it worked against them in the end. They were trying to slow the game down and once we got back to two and got in front there was not a lot of the game left.
"I just can't speak highly enough of the players again. And the supporters that came, they have been entertained today, as I think they have been most of the games this season.
"Just hopefully that now spurs more people on to come and watch."