No dream debut for Sturrock at Yeovil
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.
STAR MAN JAMAL CAMPB