Mag­pies soar­ing on Derry’s best day as a boss

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Liam Clarke To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

NOTTS County boss Shaun Derry claims his side de­liv­ered the best dis­play of his reign so far as they sealed an im­pres­sive win over Coven­try.

The Mag­pies were fast out of the blocks at Meadow Lane and took the lead through Hay­den Mullins’ bul­let header af­ter 13 min­utes.

A won­der­ful 25-yard strike from debu­tant James Spencer then put them fur­ther ahead while an Alan Sheehan penalty wrapped up all three points.

The re­sult lifted the Map­gies out of the bot­tom four and Derry said it was the best per­for­mance he has seen from his play­ers since he was ap­pointed man­ager last November.

“I thought we were very clin­i­cal and the ex­pe­ri­enced lads showed just why they will be so cru­cial for us from now un­til the end of the sea­son,” he said.

“And for me, the per­for­mance was the best I've seen since I've been here.

“We've had some fan­tas­tic re­sults and some great wins, but if you look at the whole per­for­mance that was a proper, proper, team per­for­mance.

“It was the best I've seen de­fen­sively, the best I've seen from the mid­field and up front too.

“We've lost to three teams who were in the top seven and peo­ple for­get it could have been com­plete dif­fer­ent away at Peter­bor­ough.

“The play­ers re­ally wanted to show the fans what they were made of and they did.”

Coven­try boss Steven Press­ley was less than happy with his own side’s per­for­mance in which they rarely threat­ened Notts keeper Bar­tosz Bialkowski.

It was a huge set­back for the Sky Blues who have hopes of mak­ing a late push for the League One play-offs.

Press­ley, who was a fierce com­peti­tor as a player at Hearts, left his play­ers in no doubt what he thought of their effort.

“It’s not of­ten I say this about my own team, but I thought Notts County were hun­grier than us,” he said.

“It’s a part of the game you hear me re­peat­edly talk­ing about and es­pe­cially the in­ten­sity of our work.

“The first half wasn’t good enough and while the sec­ond was slightly bet­ter, it still wasn’t at the level I ex­pect. An­other as­pect of it was that we prob­a­bly lacked a fo­cal point.

“While Nathan (Delfouneso) tried to stretch the game, when the ball came into the front area of the pitch, the ball never stuck. “We couldn’t get any level of mo­men­tum be­cause the ball kept com­ing back to­wards us. We needed to link to play against the strength of their cen­tre­backs and we never got it.”

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