Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law was in typically cautious mood despite seeing his side beat AFC Telford United 3-2 at the Impact Arena on Tuesday evening.
Law’s side are now unbeaten in their last three games and it was a result which brought the team’s Vanarama Conference points haul to seven from nine over the past week, in a run which has seen them climb off of the bottom of the table.
The Reds boss reflected: “If you had looked a week ago where we were at and where we are now, we have done well but we are not out of the woods yet.
“We were never as bad as the results and position suggested. We are not the best in the division, but we are certainly not the worst.
“It is a case of small steps, just keep improving, keep our focus and get ourselves back into the pack.”
Alfreton’s win over Telford was built on a dominant first half performance but Law was also quick to divert his players’ thoughts on what needs to be done, not what has been.
“It was a tough game. I thought in the first half we were worthy of our lead, we played really well.
“In the second half, they (Telford) changed it slightly and went more direct. They are a big side and caused a few problems. We also probably caused ourselves a few problems with a couple of errors but we hung on in the end. It is another good win and great return from the last three games but we need to push it on now.”
Law handed latest loan signing, Oldham Athletic left-sided midfield player David Mellor, his full debut against Telford and Law had praise for his instant impact.
“David is a player I was aware of and moved for him when he became available. I tried to get him last week and couldn’t but it has been worth the wait.
“He will give us extra cover as he can also play left back and he came in and slotted in well on the left, giving us better balance.
“He showed us the quality he has. Yes he needs match sharpness but he knows what it is all about as has played 60 to 70 League One games and hopefully, over the month, he will get better and fitter which will help make us better.”
Next up is a home game this Saturday against a Nuneaton Town side who slipped into the relegation places on Tuesday and a Reds win could catapult the side out of the bottom four.