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Lessons To Be Learnt - Quickly

1 December 2013

First team manager Shaun Derry feels that he is beginning to sound like a ‘broken record’ after Notts County’s harsh defeat at the hands of Brentford.

It was another match where the Magpies took plenty of positives from the performance but the team, again, came out on the wrong end of a scoreline when the outcome could have been so much different. 

Ahead of the game, Brentford had won seven of their most recent eight matches – drawing the other - but Notts enjoyed the better of the play in the opening 45. 

Despite impressing the Meadow Lane crowd, the Magpies went into the break a goal down after Will Grigg struck against the run of play in the 44th minute. 

Derry said: “It sounds like a broken record, these last three or four performances and I’m coming out with the same post-match comments.

“It’s getting even more disappointing the way that we’re conceding the goals and it was definitely a game where there was points for us – three I was hoping for – but we’ve come away with none.

“I was really pleased with the first 45 and for 99 per cent of the time we made the right decisions on the ball.

“We played some great stuff but a different way because Marcus Haber was suspended and I think we made the right choices and caused problems for Brentford.

“Sadly, in the 44th minute, we made the wrong decision and it cost us dearly.”

He continued: “I think when you get hit like that it knocks your confidence and I think we took that into the second half.

“It was a half that I wasn’t happy about and I’ve let the boys know that, but when you’re down there confidence gets knocked quite easily.

“They’re quite a fragile bunch – at the minute – and that’s where I’m trying to get them a little sturdier.

“It’s going to take time but we need to start learning lessons very quickly.”

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