FOOTBALL love provided a turning point against Gateshead for Bradford (Park Avenue), says Marcus Law.

The Horsfall outfit have suffered a torrid time at the start of the season, conceding 13 and scoring none on their way to a zero point tally.

But, Law's side overturned a 1-0 deficit on their trip north on Tuesday evening to secure their first point of the season.

The interim manager said: "A lot of the discussion was about reminding them why they love football and getting their confidence back.

"The body doesn't actually change that much, you can't become a bad player overnight.

"It was just getting them thinking about the good times that they've had in football and just trying to get that into their spirit and we saw that."

Law, who replaced Garry Thompson at the helm, has inherited a youthful squad.

He admits movements are being made to add experience and is hopeful something will cross the line soon.

But for now, the interim manager is tailoring his approach to get the best out his charges.

Law said: "There's time where a rocket, shall we say, you have to create it to get a reaction.

"At the same time, you've got to sometimes show a bit of love.

"But, you've got to be careful that you don't go too one way and not the other."

The goalscorer on Tuesday, Lewis Knight - one of only two players who remained from last season - was pleased Avenue have broken their duck.

He said: "When you go three games and you concede 13 and score none, confidence is down.

"Getting that first goal is vital, especially in an away draw.

"Myself and the team can take positives from this and hopefully we can go on and get a few better results.

"Elliot did fantastic on the wing, got a good ball in.

"It got a slight touch from Zayn, so I had to adjust a little bit.

"But luckily enough I was able to do that and put into the top corner, so I’m happy with that."

Law made two changes to the side that lost against Kidderminster Harriers, bringing in keeper Jack Bennett and Elliot Holmes.

Knight feels though the principal reason for getting a result was the team's mentality.

He said: "It was more just a belief thing. Only one nil down, you're always in a game and I think we came out in the second-half firing.

"We got the goal and all of a sudden confidence comes back and you can see we started moving the ball around a lot better than we have been.

"We're just taking the positives that we can into Saturday's game.

"Team spirit is there, the hard work, we're always working hard and I think it's finally showed off.

"We're happy to get that first point, but we know it's not enough, we need to go on and carry on getting more results."