Magpies must start to cut out mistakes
ALAN Smith has called on Notts County to cut out the mistakes, but the former Manchester United midfielder accepts players are not robots.
The Magpies have been awful on the road this season, with just one win in League Two, yet they return home for today’s clash with Plymouth looking to extend their five-game winning run at Meadow Lane.
The latest two dismal displays away from home were a 5-1 defeat at Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and a 3-1 loss at Leyton Orient last Saturday.
And while Smith accepts defensive lapses have been the cause of much concern, the 34year-old has taken a philosophical view, having listened to a couple of Premier League managers this week.
“I listened to Louis van Gaal’s interview and Tony Pulis too,” he said.“They both said players aren’t robots. They do make mistakes. Everybody is human and that’s football.
“I am sure the longer we get together, and the longer the manager coaches and trains us, both physically and mentally, you will see those mistakes less and less.
“We can keep on saying forever that performances are good, but it’s fractions which determine football matches.
“Defensive mistakes are something we have to try to change. You’ve got to make sure the details which decide football matches go in your favour.
“We are going to be tested at home in the coming weeks. Our home form is really good. We’ve got Plymouth and are looking forward to that.”
The Magpies will be without Haydn Hollis, with the defender serving a one-match ban.
Plymouth have left-back Gary Sawyer and holding midfield player Carl McHugh available after serving one-match bans against Exeter. Midfielder Graham Carey is expected to be fit after a knee injury.
And Pilgrims boss Derek Adams is looking forward to being on Sky Sports: “It helps being in front of the cameras. People all over the world are watching.”