Pro­duc­tive week sees Mag­pies take flight

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

NOTTS County boss Ri­cardo Moniz be­lieves the good times are be­gin­ning to roll af­ter they came from be­hind to snatch a point at Ex­eter.

The Mag­pies were trail­ing to Tom Ni­chols’ classy opener, which saw the Ex­eter for­ward curl in­side the post from 20 yards.

But they roared back into it and Izale McLeod hit the post with a header be­fore Liam Noble latched onto a flick by Jon Stead to smash be­yond Bobby Ole­jnik.

Notts al­most won it late on when Noble fired just wide from 30 yards as Moniz’s side ex­tended their un­beaten run to three games.

And the Dutch coach says his side showed great bat­tling qual­i­ties in a week when they have clocked up more 700 miles on the road, hav­ing played Bris­tol Rovers on Tues­day.

“We had a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said. “McLeod, (Adam) Camp­bell and I think the Liam Noble shot right at the end was cen­time­tres from go­ing in.

“We ob­vi­ously had to come from be­hind and that meant the run of clean sheets had gone, which was a pity.

“But af­ter the equaliser, we started to play foot­ball and I thought Jack Barmby, in his first full game at left-back, was out­stand­ing.

“We’ve now taken five points this week and we would have signed up for that.We have to be pos­i­tive.

“We’ve been to Ex­eter and Bris­tol Rovers which are two hard places to go and we’ve not lost.

“It should give the boys lots of con­fi­dence go­ing for­ward.We’ve de­fended ex­cel­lently of late and we are now three games un­beaten.We just have to con­tinue in this flow, be­cause we have a tough game against Portsmouth next week.”

Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale be­lieved a point was a fair re­sult but said his play­ers could have made more of the space af­forded to them.

“It was a very com­pet­i­tive game and you could say we got away with it be­cause they had chance or two in the sec­ond half,” he said.“It was two very dif­fer­ent sys­tems against each other and they had the ex­tra man in the mid­dle of the pitch in Liam Noble.

“Danny But­ter­field and David Noble were stretched to the limit in there, but it did mean we had pock­ets of space in front of their full-backs.

“We didn’t quite make the most of that. Alex Ni­cholls and David Wheeler had nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties with the ball at their feet 40 or 50 yards from goal but noth­ing came of it.

“It hap­pened too much for my lik­ing.We could have cap­i­talised on that and that was my crit­i­cism of the play­ers at half-time. We’ll see what we have to do dif­fer­ent against Bar­net.”

STAR MAN ALAN SHEE­HAN Notts

County

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