Law slams 'moaners' and calls for unity in a bid to ease home pressure on Reds
NICKY Law has hit out at the "moaners" he believes are affecting Alfreton Town's home form – and called for all the fans to get behind the team.
Alfreton suffered their sixth home league defeat last weekend when they were beaten 3-0 by Woking.
However, Law's men bounced back with victory by the same scoreline away to Cambridge United on Tuesday night – their fifth away success of the Blue Squre Bet Premier campaign.
Alfreton have picked up 23 of their 37 points on the road – and the manager believes this is no coincidence.
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Twenty-nine supporters made the trip to Cambridge and Law said: "They were brilliant.
"They never stopped supporting the team from the start to the finish and the players showed their appreciation and gratitude at the end of the game by going 60 or 70 yards to go and applaud them for their great efforts.
"I just wish the small band of moaners at our home games, who seem to criticise every little thing that goes wrong, would realise what a negative effect they sometimes have on players and get behind us instead.
"We could achieve so much more if we are all together.
"It is a sad state of affairs that we would rather play away from home, where there is less pressure to perform."
Law will get a chance to see if his rallying call has worked tomorrow, when the Reds take on Macclesfield Town at the Impact Arena.
While the Reds are 15th and eight points clear of the relegation zone, Macclesfield are eighth – six points adrift of the play-off places.
The Silkmen, who beat Championship leaders Cardiff City on their way to the FA Cup fourth round this season, lost 2-1 to Alfreton at Moss Rose in October.
This will be their fourth successive away game, having followed a 4-0 win at Ebbsfleet United with draws at Hyde and Tamworth.
Boss Steve King has Kieran Murtagh back from suspension but is waiting on the fitness of Nat Brown and Lance Cronin.
Tomorrow's game is likely to come too soon for Alfreton midfielder Anton Brown (hamstring) and defender Adam Quinn (calf), while midfielder Matty Harriott has returned to Sheffield United at the end of his loan spell.
On-loan defender Ross Killock should be available again after missing the Cambridge match, having played for parent club Leeds United's under-21 side the previous day.
But he could face a fight to get his place back after the Reds' midweek showing.
"It was the perfect response after the Woking result," said assistant boss Russ O'Neill.
"We went there and kept a clean sheet, which is something we've not done too often this season.
"It was an excellent performance and we fully deserved the win."
O'Neill expects another tough test tomorrow.
"They've got some excellent players and seem to be finding their feet," he said.
"I saw them at Ebbsfleet and, on that performance, there are not many better at this level, so it will be a really tough game."