Hol­lis is cap­tain of the fu­ture, says Derry

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

NOTTS COUNTY boss Shaun Derry be­lieves Haydn Hol­lis will flour­ish as a cap­tain in years to come after hand­ing the young cen­tre-back the arm­band against Old­ham Ath­letic.

Hol­lis helped County to a third straight draw in a goal­less draw where nei­ther side of­fered much of an at­tack­ing threat.

And his man­ager Derry felt the 21-year-old de­served to be made skip­per with Alan Smith rested for the match at Meadow Lane.

“He's grow­ing as a player. I wanted to give him the cap­taincy here be­cause he's de­served it,” said Derry.

“He's start­ing to find his place amongst the team. It's great for a young lad. By hand­ing him the cap­tain's arm­band it will im­prove him.

“I could have given it to Roy Car­roll or Gary Jones but I felt he de­served it.

"As his ca­reer grows, I feel he will be a cap­tain.

"I do not want to get too de­spon­dent from this match. It's another un­beaten game and we've kept another clean sheet which I'm proud of.

“It was not the best game on the eye and peo­ple would ex­pect us to win at home.

“This is where we are at the mo­ment.We are a team who are tough to beat.

“I hope there's a re­al­ism in the sta­dium with where we are. I'm happy with what's hap­pen­ing at the minute.”

In a match of very few chances, nei­ther goal­keeper had a mean­ing­ful save to make un­til right at the end when County’s Roy Car­roll palmed away Conor Wilkin­son’s shot from the edge of the area.

Ear­lier in the sec­ond-half, Wilkin­son had hit a shot wide from 20 yards.

And the home side threat­ened briefly as Zeli Is­mail shot over the bar on the hour fol­low­ing a quick break.

But that was as good as it got for ei­ther side as the game pe­tered out, leav­ing Old­ham with a fifth clean sheet from their last six matches and a third straight draw.

“There were a lot of pleas­ing things. It's just putting the ball in the back of the net,” said their as­sis­tant man­ager Tommy Wright.

“Their goal­keeper Roy Car­roll is a very ex­pe­ri­enced goalie. He showed why he’s played for Manch­ester United.

"We are on the right track. I'm pleased the back four looked re­ally solid. They had no shots on tar­get.

“We are frus­trated that we did not get three points.We were in con­trol but that lit­tle but of ex­tra qual­ity in the box makes the dif­fer­ence.

“A lot of strik­ers need a goal. In­di­vid­u­ally they played quite well but they are lack­ing a killer in­stinct. If we can get that lit­tle bit of killer in­stinct, if one striker starts scor­ing, it will give them a bit of belief.”



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