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Johnson on taking chances and Alfreton Town threats

Anthony Johnson gave his verdict on Moors’ draw against Boston United, as well as analysis on this weekend’s opponents Alfreton Town ahead of Saturday’s visit to The Impact Arena.

Johnson said: “I think it was frustrating more than anything else, we set high standards and that doesn’t mean we don’t show the opposition any respect.

“What we do know however, is if we stick to what we’re meant to be doing and ultimately take our chances, we’d have won that game. It’s as simple as that.

They might turn around and say the same thing, but they didn’t have any clear cut chances besides a couple of crosses that were headed wide.

“We created good situations, with one-on-ones on three different occasions where we didn’t score, and from that aspect it’s disappointing, especially from the players that were on the end of it.

“However, it’s a point against a team that are above us which means the opposition don’t pull any further away from us.

“If we’re going do well and if we’re going to be successful in the next couple of years then we need to have high standards all of the time. There needs to be a reason why we should expect to win games.

“We should be beating Boston at home. But why should we be beating Boston at home? Is it because of the type of players we’ve got or how we’re set up? So there are loads of questions about why and how and we always look at that when we’re reflecting on results or important performances.

“Alfreton Town are a direct side, strong, very good from set-pieces and they go long from throw-ins.

“Everything you believe a Billy Heath team to be, this Alfreton team are that, but they’re built in a way that works.

“They’ve got Matt Reid who is an unbelievable centre-forward. It doesn’t matter how old he is, he’s plays the same way as he always has done.

“I remember we played against him nearly 15 years ago when he first started coming through, and he was the same then, no different but he was a big bully of a man.

The goal Dayle Southwell scored on Tuesday night in Guiseley came from a header back across the box from Reid for a tap-in, so you can’t switch off on the big guy.

“They have runners like Southwell and Bradley Hobson around him to gamble, so they’ll commit bodies, especially at home when they know there’s a bit of pressure after losing the last couple of games.

They will ask questions of you for 95 minutes, but they won’t make any secrets in the way they play.

“They’re a very direct team set up in the central areas with players like Connor Branson and Adam Lund to scrap for second balls, as well as win first contacts as they turn them areas into a metaphorical battle.

“We’ve got to be prepared to fight and do the same things as Alfreton, but when we do win those little battles, we’re hoping the quality and patterns we work on will start to come through a little bit.

“We’ve got to be prepared to fight and do the same things as Alfreton, but when we do win those little battles, we’re hoping the quality and patterns we work on will start to come through a little bit.

Anthony Johnson on facing Alfreton Town this weekend.

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