Poppies boss Law insists he ‘understands the frustration’

Poppies boss Marcus Law was frustrated after another home game without a win on Tuesday
Poppies boss Marcus Law was frustrated after another home game without a win on Tuesday

Marcus Law doesn’t really care how Kettering Town’s home hoodoo is ended, as long as it happens quickly.

The Poppies’ miserable run of form at Latimer Park continued on Tuesday night as they had to battle back from being 2-0 down to St Neots Town at half-time to earn a 2-2 draw thanks to second-half goals from Aaron O’Connor and Wilson Carvalho.

The latest setback on their own pitch has left Kettering in 17th place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division, without a home win in eight attempts and a long way off the pace for a club that targeted promotion at the start of the season.

The next opportunity to end the home hoodoo comes on Saturday when they entertain Weymouth - a team who did the double over the Poppies last season.

And Law, who is finding himself under increasing pressure, is keen to see a change in fortune.

“I would like Weymouth to come here and batter us for 89 minutes, miss everything and then I hope they make a mistake and we score the winner and that will get rid of it (the wait for a home league win),” he said.

“I get people’s frustrations and sometimes football is a punishing game. We have to graft and earn some of that luck.

“I can’t question what the lads are giving me.

“You can look at tactics and all sorts of things but it comes down to human beings on the pitch trying to do the right thing.

“I come away from every game asking myself what I could have done better and what I did wrong.

“But we are all working hard to try to get it right. We have to keep working through it.”

Reflecting on Tuesday’s game, Law felt both the Poppies and St Neots struggled to deal with the strong wind that swept across Latimer Park.

“It was a real game of two halves,” he added.

“I think both teams struggled with playing against the wind and we showed a bit of naivety to concede the goal just before half-time, which gave them the two-goal cushion.

“You can’t do anything about their first goal, you can’t blame anyone. Their lad has kicked it from the sidelines and, with the luck we are having, it has flown into the top corner.

“I asked for a bigger response in the second half and they gave me it.

“I think we are unfortunate we haven’t come away with a victory in the end.

“Chance-for-chance we have done more than enough to win the game but that was all in the second half.

“We are annoyed and frustrated that we have come back home and not got a victory and I think our second-half performance warranted it.”