Productive week sees Magpies take flight
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