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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
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