The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley

GRA­HAM West­ley re­ported a quiet day for his ‘scare­ome­ter’ but the Mersey­side gi­ants won’t have too much to fear ei­ther from th­ese two mod­est League One sides in the Car­ling Cup in mid­week.

Notts and Steve­nage man­aged only a hand­ful of open­ings be­tween them in a lack­lus­tre 90 min­utes, al­though the Bor­ough boss is en­ti­tled to feel pleased with his side’s com­posed sec­ond-half show­ing re­sult­ing in James Dunne’s in­jury-time win­ner.

Robin Sh­root, Steve­nage’s chief threat through­out, got through on the left hand side and played in Dunne for a side-footed fin­ish that had the Bor­ough boss punch­ing the air in de­light.

Don’t ex­pect any cup shocks when Notts go to Liver­pool and Bor­ough travel to Ever­ton though.

West­ley said: “We won’t get car­ried away with the win against a team lack­ing four big play­ers.

“I’m pleased with the way we went about our busi­ness. We didn’t give any­thing away and it was a ro­bust, solid away per­for­mance which is what you need.

“In terms of the scare­ome­ter, I was pleased with the whole de­fence.They all played their part in get­ting a clean sheet with­out too much fuss. I was able to drink my half-time cup of tea with­out spilling any.

“I punched the air as hard as any­one when the goal went in. It is good for the whole camp to get those three points. I’m sure that go­ing to Ever­ton in the Car­ling Cup will be very dif­fer­ent.

“It’s a tough place for Pre­mier League clubs to go, let alone a club of our stature.”

A scrappy game was made still worse by a poor per­for­mance from ref­eree Trevor Ket­tle. He rightly earned West­ley’s praise for not send­ing goal­keeper Chris Day pack­ing early on af­ter an in­nocu­ous hand­ball out­side the area but then ap­plied the let­ter of the law in pedan­tic fash­ion with his con­tin­u­ous whis­tle blow­ing for mi­nor in­fringe­ments.

Notts failed to get any­thing on the end of a good se­ries of David Bell crosses in the first half with makeshift left­back Roarie Dea­con do­ing most to quell the aerial threat of Yoann Arquin.

Sh­root twice brought the best out of Notts goal­keeper Bar­tosz Bialkowski whilst Day re­mained untested.

Notts man­ager Chris Ki­wonya in­sisted: “We didn’t de­serve to get beaten.We got a num­ber of good balls into their box and cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties but noth­ing fell for us in their box.

“We were with­out a num­ber of play­ers and they’re a dif­fi­cult team to play against.

“They’re big and phys­i­cally strong and we’ve matched them, even at set pieces which is their strength

“There are a lot of pos­i­tives to take from our dis­play. “I’m pleased with the play­ers and the work rate and we will be ready for Liver­pool on Tues


PIC­TURES: John Sumpter

LATE JOY: James Dunne curls in the win­ner for Steve­nage

GET IN: Match-win­ner James Dunne is con­grat­u­lated

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