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

RI­CARDO Moniz is grate­ful he doesn’t have to face Izale McLeod af­ter Notts County’s two-goal hero helped down ten­man Lu­ton in a five-goal thriller at Meadow Lane.

The striker, who cost the Mag­pies around £100,000 when they signed him from Crawley in the sum­mer, gave his side a com­mand­ing lead with two sublime fin­ishes.

But Lu­ton came back from the dead to draw level when Cameron McGee­han and Jonathan Smith both struck to give John Still’s side hope of an un­likely win.

How­ever, Scott Cuth­bert saw red in the fi­nal stages fol­low­ing a pro­fes­sional foul and Liam Noble rammed in the re­sult­ing free-kick from 20 yards.

“We trained on McLeod’s first goal,” Moniz said. “We’ve worked on it con­stantly on the last ten days be­cause we knew that it was their weak­ness.

“He can at­tack the ball very well and it was a fan­tas­tic header. The sec­ond goal was another chip over the keeper and was sim­i­lar to the goal he scored against Mans­field.

“The fact he can do ev­ery­thing such as score with head and his feet makes him the com­plete player for us.

“We can counter all lines of de­fence with him. You can’t have enough play­ers like him, some­body who can de­cide games with goals.

“As for Liam, we spoke about his dis­ci­pline and that’s why I am so hard on him, but that’s only be­cause I know what a fan­tas­tic player he is and what he can be.

“This kind of ge­nius de­cides games. He doesn’t know how good he is. I have to give him con­fi­dence and tell him to re­alise it be­cause he can be a top player.”

Still said that claw­ing the game back to 2-2 had given him hope of a sec­ond suc­ces­sive win, but blamed bad de­fend­ing.

“If I am dis­ap­pointed it wasn’t with the per­for­mance, it was with the de­fend­ing,” Still said.

“Two of the goals were very avoid­able.We had done ev­ery­thing to get back in the game.

“I looked at them with ten min­utes to go and they were sit­ting down, they were strug­gling and I thought all we had to do was press and press and press. Then one ball beat us.

“The sec­ond goal killed us but we just upped the tempo. At 2-1 I thought we would get back; 2-2 I wouldn’t say I thought we would win it, but the op­por­tu­nity to win it might come to us first.

“Then we got re­ally done be­tween the two cen­tre halves. Scotty got caught un­der it, Wilko’s got to get around it and they only had one down the mid­dle. It was poor de­fend­ing.

“Once the ref­eree gave the foul he had to go off, so I have no is­sues with it at all. “Credit where it is, he struck the free-kick into the top cor­ner. If it wasn’t a send­ing-off he still scored from the free-kick whether we had ten men or 11 on the pitch.”

HAVE THAT: Notts County’s Izale McLeod chips the ball over Lu­ton Town keeper Mark Tyler

CUD­DLE: Notts County’s Liam Noble cel­e­brates


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