No dream de­but for Stur­rock at Yeovil

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Spit­tles

NEW Yeovil boss Paul Stur­rock ac­knowl­edged the hard work ahead of him af­ter see­ing the Glovers’ rel­e­ga­tion con­firmed in his first match in charge.

The Som­er­set club were vir­tu­ally down be­fore Stur­rock was ap­pointed on Thurs­day and Garry Thomp­son’s sec­ond-half equaliser sealed their fate.

County re­main in the rel­e­ga­tion zone de­spite pick­ing up a point in boss Ri­cardo Moniz’s first game, but Stur­rock must now plan for life in League Two.

He said: “It’s ob­vi­ously dis­ap­point­ing to go down but it was in­evitable and now we’ve got to pick our­selves up and start plan­ning for next sea­son.

“I’ve got to as­sess the squad of play­ers over the next four games and we’ll take it from there, but there’s a lot of work to do.

“The com­mit­ment and at­ti­tude of the play­ers was ex­cel­lent but the con­di­tions made it dif­fi­cult. It was nice to take the lead and we had the best chances in the game to score fur­ther goals as well.

“But James Hayter hits the cross­bar and then sec­onds later they equalise, which is what hap­pens in foot­ball some­times.”

New Notts manager Moniz had sub­sti­tute Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce to thank for en­sur­ing he did not suf­fer a de­but de­feat.

Camp­bell-Ryce was in­tro­duced at half-time and trans­formed the game with his elec­tric pace and di­rect run­ning, set­ting up Thomp­son’s equaliser.

Moniz said: “It was good to have Camp­bell-Ryce avail­able. He has just over- come a calf in­jury and we didn’t know how long he could play for but he was very im­por­tant for us when he came on.

“The glass is al­ways half full, you have to be sat­is­fied. The last 15 min­utes we changed it and it was a suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment, which is where we have to go to be a dom­i­nat­ing team. This gives us hope for the fu­ture.

“The most im­por­tant part is the ball pos­ses­sion in the fi­nal third, oth­er­wise it’s a gam­ble.

“Ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as Alan Smith and Roy Car­roll of­fer big in­spi­ra­tion, we know their past, they have a win­ner’s men­tal­ity and I’m happy to have such ex­pe­ri­ence, they are al­ways talk­ing in the lunch­room, the club, on the pitch.”

Yeovil went ahead in the tenth minute when Sam Fo­ley swung over a free-kick and Haydn Hol­lis headed into his own net un­der pres­sure from By­ron Web­ster.

County were then in­debted to Car­roll as he kept out a fierce vol­ley from Stephen Kings­ley.

Car­roll then pro­duced an even bet­ter save, fly­ing across his goal to tip over Gozie Ugwu’s header from an­other Fo­ley cross.

Mid­way through the sec­ond half, Hayter thumped the ball against the cross­bar. And County made the most of that miss as Camp­bell-Ryce sprinted down the right and crossed for Thomp­son to head in from close range.


ELL-R Notts


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