Saturday Apr 6, 2013

Alfreton boss Nicky Law felt some of his players let him down in the 3-2 home defeat against Stockport County.

"The first 20 minutes we bossed the game after that we lost the battle in key areas. Their two centre-halves dominated. Anton Brown going off was the worst thing that could have happened because they then dominated the midfield and Macken and Cullen have dominated the centre-halves.

"Where you need to be strong and think you will be strong, we weren't and that's why we have lost the game.

"If we get the penalty and score it at 2-0 it's game over. We have had one cleared off the line. We have had enough chances today but at the end of the day we have not been good enough.

"I can stand here and make excuses but they [Stockport] have dug in and held onto our coat-tails and the game should have been out of sight and it wasn't and then we have given them a foot-hold back into it."

The reds boss also queried whether some of his players know they are in a relegation scrap.

"I am watching a 50/50 [for the third goal] and their lad wants it more than our lad. Our lad has pulled out of the tackle. I am not sure they realise they are in a relegation fight and you need to have some substance and something about you.

"To be fair, Stockport had more than that today, they had more than us and that saddens me, drastically saddens me to say that.

"I have just said to the players that we have had this conversation too many times this season. I can't go on the pitch, I can't go over that line. For me, we have had too many people today that haven't fancied or relished the battle in the key areas.

"It's difficult times. We are in a battle. It's not doom and gloom, it's still in our hands, well within our hands, but I am slightly concerned after watching that today. There are players you are looking to come to the fore and they didn't come to the fore today. I am not going to name names, they know who they are.

"What do they say, cometh the hour, cometh the man, you have got to stand up and be counted and that's what I am asking the players to do.

"It is another kick up the backside for us. We had one against Lincoln, we responded well at Southport and then we have gone from Southport to that today. It has happened too often this season. Fingers crossed we can get through to the end of the season and reassess it and maybe do something about it then."

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