AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor believes his side deserved more from Saturday’s defeat against Alfreton Town.

The Coasters slipped out of the play-off places following the 1-0 home defeat, but Challinor thought the scoreline wasn’t a fair reflection on the game.

“I thought we were excellent first half, but things just aren’t going for us at the moment. We had several chances, hit the bar twice and then gifted them a goal.

“Matt (Urwin) has spilled a shot and it ends up in our net and then it becomes difficult to get back into the match. Teams in this league are very organised and they make things difficult for you.

“I was disappointed with our performance in the second half. Alfreton managed the game well but we didn’t show enough desire. We wanted to put them under pressure, get the crowd in the game and we just didn’t do that enough.

“We gave away far too many stupid fouls and free-kicks and that eased the pressure on them and killed any momentum we had. Ultimately football is about putting the ball in the back of the net and I could have probably played in goal for Alfreton in the second half. 

“If you look at the game as a whole then we probably deserved something from it based on our first half performance but we didn’t get that little bit of luck we needed.

“We are going through a tough spell at the moment but this is a difficult league and we have a chance to make immediate amends tomorrow night at Nuneaton.”