Pa­tience pays for Moniz’s Mag­pies

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

NOTTS County boss Ri­cardo Moniz ad­mit­ted pa­tience paid off as they ended a run of three straight de­feats with a win against strug­gling Yeovil.

The Mag­pies hit the post twice in the first half through Izale McLeod and Adam Camp­bell as the vis­i­tors frus­trated their hosts.

But Notts even­tu­ally made the break­through ten min­utes af­ter half-time when Stan­ley Ab­o­rah’s de­flected free-kick de­ceived Ar­tur Krysiak.

McLeod then wrapped up the win with a thump­ing fin­ish and Moniz was pleased with his side’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

“Yeovil were very dif­fi­cult to play against,” he said.

“They are com­pact, they are or­gan­ised and they are ruth­less. They wait for you and then counter and they al­most had that in the first half.

“You must watch and be care­ful what you do. Then, when McLeod hit the post, we could have set­tled at half-time had it gone in.

“But we had to be pa­tient.We changed it at half-time by mov­ing Stan­ley fur­ther up the pitch be­cause of his cre­ativ­ity.

“We were too static, but when we scored the free­kick we were away. I was pleased for Stan be­cause I do think he should play higher up the pitch some­times.

“We all know what he can do as a play­maker, but when you need to break down the wall, Stan­ley is some­body who can do that.

“But we got the win and it was so im­por­tant to bounce back af­ter three straight de­feats.”

The win for Notts plunged Yeovil fur­ther into trou­ble at the bot­tom of League Two and they are just one point off the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Boss Paul Stur­rock said a crazy ten-minute spell ended up cost­ing his side, who had showed great or­gan­i­sa­tion in the first half.

“For 50 min­utes we were com­pe­tent, we were or­gan­ised and we did all the right things,” he said.

“But then, we suc­cumbed to a zany de­flected goal and then five min­utes of za­ni­ness from the back four left us chas­ing the game big time.

“We re­sponded prop­erly and we did the right sub­sti­tu­tions. The play­ers also re­sponded be­cause they got them­selves for­ward into more ar­eas where they could cross it.

“That’s the pleas­ing as­pect for me, but we are go­ing to bring some­thing dif­fer­ent in to Tues­day’s game.

“We need wins at home which we haven’t done so far. It would be nice to kick-start it this week when we’ve got two backto-back.

“Mans­field will be ex­cit­ing and Cam­bridge are a very strong side, but we’ve got to do the right things.The play­ers have just got to make sure they re­spond to the dis­cus­sion we had af­ter the game.”



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