FORMER Hucknall Town man Darron Gee – now assistant to Gary Mills at Alfreton Town – felt his side deserved to beat his old club.
Gee (43), who spent 12 seasons as a reserve-team player and committee-man at Watnall Road, said: "We worked tirelessly and created much the better chances, especially in the second half.
"We deserved to win but when you are down near the foot of the table, you don't get the luck you need.
"Gary shook hands with every one of our players afterwards and told them to get their heads up because if we go on playing like that, we'll soon get out of the bottom three."
Of the controversial tackle by Steve Palmer that led to Alfrerton striker Jon Stevenson being carried off, Gee was more diplomatic, saying: "All we ask of referees is some consistency.
"Too many times, horrendous tackles were going unpunished and then players were being booked for petty, niggly things."
Hucknall boss Dean Barrick was also unhappy with the referee – but about another decision that led to Alfreton's goal.
"Chris Bettney took it well but I was disappointed that the ref allowed it because there was a foul beforehand.
"However Alfreton deserved something from the game – as we did. I thought it was quite an even game with not much in it. On balance, a draw was a fair result."
Barrick said he plumped for a 5-3-2 formation in reaction to the players he had available and to give his side a solid look for what was a local derby.
He was pleased by the return of Gary Ricketts whom he feels could be "a useful addition to the squad between now and the end of the season".
"he is telling me he is feeling OK now and the way he took his goal looked like the Gary of old," said Barrick. "On his day, he is as good as anyone in the league."