New boy Amevor on mind for Moniz

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

NOTTS County went some way to ex­or­cis­ing the de­mons of last sea­son’s rel­e­ga­tion with vic­tory at Steve­nage, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Ri­cardo Moniz.

The Mag­pies ru­ined Teddy Sher­ing­ham’s de­but as a Football League man­ager with a clin­i­cal dis­play at the Lamex.

Curtis Thompson had given them the lead ten min­utes be­fore half-time and it was dou­bled late on by Ma­wouna Amevor.

Both sides were re­duced to ten men in the dy­ing stages when Amevor and Tom Hitch­cock were dis­missed for a mi­nor tus­sle, but it could not dampen Moniz’s mood.

“It was a great win be­cause it helped get rel­e­ga­tion at Gilling­ham out of the sys­tem,” said Moniz.

“The first goal was fan­tas­ti­cally worked but the red card was a mi­nus and it was not the game for that.

“The way we coun­tered was ter­rific, we moved the ball up quickly in eight sec­onds and it in­cluded four or five peo­ple.

“It came at a good time be­cause Steve­nage were car­ry­ing plenty of threat at the time, which was a re­sult of our de­fence be­ing in our own box. But the sec­ond goal was taken very well by Amevor.

“He played on the left for the team, and Amevor was very proac­tive. It was a ter­rific day.”

Prior to Notts tak­ing the lead, Steve­nage had wasted a gilt-edged chance when Brett Wil­liams shot straight at Roy Car­roll.

From the next phase of play, Notts then moved in front as they swept up­field in a ter­rific move in­volv­ing Liam Noble, Jon Stead be­fore it was fin­ished off by Thompson.

Only the hero­ics of Chris Day stopped Steve­nage from fall­ing fur­ther be­hind as he made ter­rific stops to deny Ju­lian Jen­ner and Stead.

But the sec­ond goal came two min­utes from time when Stead forced another fine stop from Day, only for Amevor to ram in the re­bound.

His af­ter­noon then took a turn for the worse when he got in­volved in a tus­sle with Hitch­cock which led to Graham Sal­is­bury is­su­ing two red cards. And, de­spite Steve­nage push­ing for a way back into the game, they never re­ally tested Car­roll.

Sher­ing­ham, who was ap­pointed Steve­nage man­ager in the sum­mer, said:“They are a very good side.

“We worked hard and showed good com­mit­ment. We didn’t quite get the breaks. Chances were cre­ated by both teams.

“It was very even although they did show a lot of clev­er­ness at times.

“They are very pro­fes­sional and when you get 1-0 in front you can do what they did.We were fight­ing to get back into it, but I’ve no com­plaints.”

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