MONIZ URGES COUNTY UNITY
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