Notts County youth team were once again punished for missed opportunities in a 1-0 defeat to Grimsby Town youth team.
The young Magpies delivered another impressive performance, even more impressive than on the opening day against Burton Albion Under-18s, but were unable to find the net against the Mariners.
Head of Academy coaching Andy McMillan was impressed by his side’s performance and has told them not to be too disheartened by the outcome of the game.
He told the official site: “It was quite a travesty how we didn’t win the game because they did everything I’d asked them to.
“They moved the ball, played out from the back, got crosses into the box and shots at goal.
“I must have ran over a black cat on the way in I think.”
He continued: “It was like an A-License session where it’s 11-v-11, attack versus defence, and we just attacked them for 90 minutes of the game.
“I don’t remember our goalkeeper making a save at all in terms of shot stopping.
“I said to the lads at the end of the game that I couldn’t fault their effort or desire, it’s just been one of those days where the ball wouldn’t go in the net.
“But, in terms of producing players, I’d much rather play that way than be on the other end.
“We’ve got some really good young lads here who were quite despondent about how they didn’t win it but we’re all in it together and we’ll work on putting more ideas into them in the final third.”
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Photos by Andy Stokes.