Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law refused to be too downbeat after seeing his side succumb to their second heaviest home defeat of the season, a 4-1 reverse against relegation-fighting Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.
The Reds boss reflected: “It was two teams with different scenarios. One wanted the points to get into the play-offs, the other wanted the points to stay up. If I’m honest, if I say they wanted it more than us that might be a little bit harsh, because I do believe our players do want it.
“To give them (Aldershot) some credit, they’ve come here and shown that they are a good side, I’m sure they wouldn’t be where they are if they played like that every week.
“We’ve let good players play. We’ve given a poor first goal away, the second one’s disappointing but to be fair, it’s a good ball in, a good run and the lad scores.
“We came in at half-time and came back out and I think we got a reaction. We scored a good goal to get back in it and honestly I thought having looked at the reaction of their lads, they thought ‘here we go again’.
“And I honestly do believe that if we’d held on for five minutes we’d have gone on to win the game, I really, really do. But within 30 seconds, we’ve gone down and given away a bad goal at a bad time. We’ve given ourselves a lift and then within 20-30 seconds it’s the reverse again. And then it’s hard to come back from that. The fourth goal summed that up really, some poor defending.”
The defeat leaves the Reds one point outside of the play off places having played a game more than most of their rivals. However, with four games still to go, Law is now looking for his side to show their character, bounce back and grasp the prize that is still on offer.
“You look at the (other) results (from Tuesday) and still not a great deal of damage has been done. This ain’t over yet, it’ll go down to the last game. I said to the lads ‘It’s not about the knockdown, it’s about the get up, and we need to get up from this’ “ said Law.
This Saturday, the Reds face another very difficult game when they travel to Surrey to take on the division’s in-form side Woking.
The Cards have won six and drawn one of their last seven games to give themselves an outside chance of finishing in the play-off places themselves.
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport to Woking departs at 8.45am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
Meanwhile, last Saturday’s second Alfreton Town equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Welling United at the Impact Arena has been officially changed to striker Job Ayo Akinde after originally being awarded to Bradley Wood.
The club have confirmed that Akinde diverted the ball into the net from Wood’s 22-yard shot on 72 minutes. That goal, and Tuesday night’s reply against Aldershot, means Akinde has now taken his season’s Reds tally to 16 goals for the season, 15 of which have come in the league.