Mag­pies have to go back to class­room

NOTTS PAY THE PENALTY FOR SLOPPY DE­FEND­ING

Nottingham Post - - SPORT - By LEIGH CUR­TIS

NOTTS County boss Kevin Nolan ad­mits his side needs to “get bet­ter and soon” af­ter de­fen­sive mis­takes cost them dearly at Cam­bridge United.

The Mag­pies were beaten 3-2 at the Abbey Sta­dium where they had taken the lead through a quite mag­nif­i­cent strike from Enzio Bold­ewijn.

But the game turned on its head early in the se­cond half when Shaun Bris­ley and goal­keeper Ross Fitzsi­mons got into a mix-up, al­low­ing Ade Azeez to score.

The striker then ben­e­fited from fur­ther sloppy de­fend­ing to make it 2-1 be­fore Richard Duffy looked to have se­cured a point for the Mag­pies.

But up popped Barry Corr to score from a cor­ner late on to seal Cam­bridge’s win, and Nolan was dis­ap­pointed with Cam­bridge’s first goal in par­tic­u­lar.

“We made the wrong de­ci­sions and I thought Brizzo (Bris­ley) could have done bet­ter by putting the ball out and Ross is caught in no man’s land,” he said.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we were a minute and a half into the se­cond half when we told them to go out and work their way through the next five to 10 min­utes.

“Cam­bridge then have to change it which means we can then open them up a bit, but the goal gets ev­ery­body off their seats and they get a new lease of life.

“Then we con­cede an­other one with peo­ple div­ing in and peo­ple in wrong po­si­tions.

“It was a quick free-kick which they knew about so it’s just a mat­ter of switch­ing off and we’ve been pun­ished be­cause of it.

“We fi­nally con­cede from a set- piece which I am to­tally dis­ap­pointed in but at the end of the day we’ve played some good stuff and cre­ated some good chances.

“But we have got to get bet­ter and soon both in and out of pos­ses­sion.

“While ev­ery­one was go­ing on about it be­ing a bore draw against Colch­ester if you like, I am more dis­ap­pointed than last week.

“I do feel we should have got some­thing from the game and I can’t take that away from the lads but we never get those free­bies.”

With Ben Hall the only new ar­rival at cen­tre-back in the sum­mer, Notts have be­gun the sea­son with the same back-four which had the fourth best de­fen­sive record in the league last term.

It un­der­lined Nolan’s faith in the quar­tet of Matt Too­tle, Dan Jones, Duffy and Bris­ley in that he re­fused to make whole­sale changes to his back­line.

The Mag­pies boss said ev­ery­body had to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for what hap­pened at the Abbey Sta­dium.

“We’ve all got to take own­er­ship,” he said.

“We’ve got to look each other in the eyes and know that we have made bad de­ci­sions.

“The goals were sloppy and it will be some­thing we will look at.

“We will go back to the class­room and they will see it for what it is and how easy we made it for Cam­bridge.

“Then we have to move on be­cause we’ve a game at Mid­dles­brough on Tues­day and then a home game on Fri­day.

“We can’t start trip­ping over our bot­tom lip. The lads need to take this de­feat, learn from it and quickly.”

Notts County’s Enzio Bold­ewijn scores a great goal

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