Sheri­dan: Mag­pies must fly at home

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer

JOHN SHERI­DAN has chal­lenged his Notts County team to shine at home af­ter watch­ing them win a thriller at Chel­tenham Town.

County are yet to win in front of their own sup­port­ers this term, but two goals from the ex­cel­lent Jon Stead along with one from Jonathan Forte at Whad­don Road se­cured their third away suc­cess of the sea­son.

Sheri­dan said: “I knew this would be a tough game be­cause Chel­tenham are de­cent at what they do.

“They are a big side and we knew we’d have to de­fend and we had to do that, putting our bod­ies on the line.

“To score three goals away from home is a plus and it was nice to take the lead for a change, so I am chuffed to bits for the lads and now I’d love for us to pick up that first win at home.”

Chel­tenham boss Gary John­son ad­mit­ted the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams was the qual­ity of the front men, with Stead and Forte show­ing the sort of tech­nique that has seen both play at a higher level.

“I didn’t think there was much be­tween the two sides, other than the po­tency of their two strik­ers on the day,” John­son said.

“We didn’t have that ex­tra bit of qual­ity needed to win foot­ball matches at this level. I am also dis­ap­pointed we have con­ceded so soon af­ter scor­ing, hav­ing done that twice at New­port too last week.

“The lads are try­ing, but they are all short of qual­ity and I’ll just have to keep work­ing even harder to im­prove them.

“They still have an op­por­tu­nity to grow into this level, but some of them have to step up to the plate, qual­i­ty­wise.”

Forte opened the scor­ing in the fourth minute, hold­ing off a chal­lenge from Dan Parslow and fir­ing past goal­keeper Rus­sell Grif­fiths.

Harry Pell put in a fine cross which was nod­ded in by Danny Wright to make it 1-1 in the 24th minute.

Stead showed his su­pe­rior class four min­utes be­fore half-time, rac­ing onto Forte’s flick and cut­ting in­side two de­fend­ers be­fore ap­ply­ing a cool fin­ish into the far cor­ner.

Pell lev­elled for Chel­tenham ten min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter Downes nod­ded down James Rowe’s free-kick and the tall mid­fielder fired in on the turn.

But less than a minute later County were ahead again af­ter Stead net­ted his sec­ond fol­low­ing another de­fen­sive lapse from Chel­tenham.

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