The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jeff Clowes

NOTTS County boss Shaun Derry ad­mits he’s get­ting itchy feet in the dugout after his side main­tained their un­beaten run in Septem­ber with a draw at Ch­ester­field.

For­mer Eng­land U20 in­ter­na­tional Blair Adams’ first goal for the Mag­pies since sign­ing on a free from Coven­try on 15 min­utes looked for a while to have sealed the game.

Yet de­spite Aus­trian de­fender Ge­org Mar­gre­it­ter earn­ing a point for high-fly­ing Ch­ester­field in the sec­ond half, Derry was ec­static.

“I’ve just told the lads just how proud I am of them, they are an ab­so­lute plea­sure to man­age,” he said. “I wish I was in the dress­ing room with them as a player be­cause through­out my ca­reer I haven’t been in­volved in a team with that much character.

“What a game. We got the first goal and I thought we could have got a sec­ond, we hit the post, we had two or three other chances.

“I’m look­ing for us to be a lit­tle bit more ruth­less but I haven’t got any ar­gu­ments, sec­ond half we had our backs to the wall and Ch­ester­field were mag­nif­i­cent and they de­served to get some­thing out of the game.

“I think I have the best goal­keeper in the league in Roy Car­roll, he was fan­tas­tic, some of his saves were Premier League class and that is why he has played there.”

The vis­i­tors started well and Zeli Is­mail could have put them ahead within the first minute had his header not been well saved by Tommy Lee.

How­ever, after a Nicky Wroe shot was de­flected wide, they were ahead on 15 min­utes as the re­sul­tant cor­ner fell to Adams who ri­fled home from the edge of the box.

Ch­ester­field’s first chance of the game came in the 20th minute with a close-range ef­fort from Jay O’Shea, which he put wide, be­fore the im­pres­sive Adams went on a fine run but his shot hit the post on 23 min­utes.

Mar­gre­it­ter hit the bar with a fine header on 61 min­utes, but one minute later his header found the back of the net from a Daniel John­son cor­ner to put his team level.

County sub­sti­tute Shaun Har­rod then had an over­head kick headed off the line by Ian Evatt on 74 min­utes be­fore Mar­gre­it­ter saw his header nod­ded off the line by Har­rod on 84 min­utes.

Ch­ester­field boss Paul Cook said: “We just keep go­ing, you don’t change your habits, you work hard and keep do­ing the right things.

“To be fair to them their keeper was sen­sa­tional for them, that’s why he’s an in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper and he’s had the ca­reer he’s had.

“Notts County have come here and got a goal and started the game well. But our lads showed a great work ethic; they are a great credit to the club.

“They go about the game in such a great man­ner, so hon­est and pos­i­tive. Sec­ond half we cre­ated chance after chance but that’s how foot­ball is some­times.

“Notts County have got a very strong de­fen­sive record for a rea­son, Shaun has done a very good job at the club, you have to take your hat off to them and say well done.”

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EIT­TER Ch­este

rfield ALL SQUARE: Ch­ester­field’s Ge­org Mar­gre­it­ter heads home their equaliser In­set: Blair Adams nets County’s opener

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