The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Leigh Curtis

RI­CARDO MONIZ says Notts County must stick to­gether as their rel­e­ga­tion fears in­ten­si­fied at Craw­ley.

In a game that the Mag­pies boss had branded a ‘dead or alive’ clash, the Dutch coach watched his side self-de­struct by con­ced­ing two goals in the space of two min­utes.

Both were from set-pieces. Kelly Youga’s out­stand­ing over­head kick put the Reds in front and the lead was dou­bled by Dar­ren Ward’s header.

Moniz be­moaned the mis­takes which led to both goals, but with three games left to save the Mag­pies from a re­turn to League Two, he is call­ing for unity.

“It’s not the first time we have con­ceded goals so eas­ily,” he said.

“We gave them a route into the game. They didn’t cre­ate much and we brought the prob­lems on our­selves.

“The goals were two in­di­vid­ual mis­takes from two set-pieces.

“I must pro­tect the play­ers be­cause the re­spon­si­bil­ity al­ways rests with the manager. I have to keep them men­tally fit.

“We have to win and that’s the re­al­ity of it.

“It’s a ques­tion of char­ac­ter now. In bad times, you learn who your friends are.

“We must not be neg­a­tive. We must stick to­gether.”

Notts had ac­tu­ally started quite brightly, but were a goal down in the 14th minute.

Youga raced into the box and ac­ro­bat­i­cally crashed a shot be­yond Roy Car­roll from An­thony Wordsworth’s cor­ner.

Be­fore the Mag­pies had even had a chance to re­gain their senses, they fell fur­ther be­hind when Wordsworth de­liv­ered a free-kick into the box and Ward, who was un­marked, flicked a header into the far cor­ner.

County sum­moned a stern re­sponse but found goal­keeper Brian Jensen in im­pres­sive form.

First, he de­nied Jimmy Spencer with a tip over the bar, be­fore fling­ing him­self to his right to deny Garry Thomp­son.

Then the big Dane got down low to keep out Gary Jones’ lon­grange strike.

Notts needed a big sec­ond-half per­for­mance to turn the game around, but they of­fered lit­tle in attack.

Re­ally, Craw­ley should have killed the game off when Dean Mor­gan blazed wide of an open goal.

It didn’t prove too costly for Dean Saun­ders’ side, how­ever, and the Reds boss is pleased their fate is still in their own hands.

“We had to win,” he said. “Now, we can make a mis­take and still stay up.

“We didn’t want to be go­ing into the last two games of the sea­son know­ing we had to win them both and still might get done on goal dif­fer­ence

“Hope­fully, things should be a lot clearer than last week.

“It is go­ing to go down to the wire and we just have to be determined.

“You have to do your job and not make silly mis­takes.We could do with a bit of luck.

“I mean we’ve had luck with Kelly’s over­head kick be­cause he’s never done that.

“It was a great goal but I’ve never seen him do that.”


AC­RO­BATIC: Kelly Youga scores the opener for Craw­ley with an over­head kick. Inset: He takes the ap­plause

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