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Hodge: Conditions Tested Us

10 October 2013

Development squad coach Steve Hodge was pleased with the way that his side dealt with blustery conditions in Wednesday’s 2-0 win against Bradford City under-21s.

Despite attacking against a strong wind, the Magpies played some tidy football and went into the break a goal to the good, courtesy of Tyrell Waite’s well-placed finish.

After the break, with the wind in their sails, Notts created a host of opportunities and Kyle Dixon was able to double his team’s lead with an excellent 61st minute effort. 

Although Hodge was happy with the development squad’s performance, he felt that they should have found the net on more occasions. 

He told the official site: “The wind was really, really strong and most footballers hate that and it becomes a bit of a lottery.

“In the first half, we were against the wind but we defended pretty well, played through the thirds and got a goal through Tyrell Waite.

“We came through with a clean sheet and we controlled the wind situation very well.

“In the second half, it was a change of game plan, because with the wind you’ve got to be brave on the ball and we created a lot of chances in the second half.

“For me, I would’ve hoped for four or five eventually in the second half in terms of creation wise and the chances we had. 

“I thought it was a good shift from all of the players to play like that.

“I said at half time that when you’ve done all the hard work you’ve got to finish it.

“In the second half we got the second goal and won comfortably in the end.

“We could have been more clinical but most of the players have learnt that wherever you go in the country, it can be difficult.”

You can watch highlights from Wednesday’s game exclusively on Magpie Player. 

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