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Hodge Pleased After Stoke Win

31 October 2013

Development squad coach Steve Hodge was left impressed by his team, following a 1-0 triumph over Stoke City Under-21s.

Stoke’s side included the likes of USA international Maurice Edu and Scotland Under-21 international Jamie Ness. 

Despite having a number of key players missing due to their involvement with the first team on Tuesday night, Notts came out on top thanks to Malcolm Melvin’s ssecond-half penalty. 

Hodge, who is currently the club’s caretaker manager, told the official site: “They put out a strong team, it’s the same lads that play for them week-in-week-out and we were quite young, so you’ve got to be pleased.

“The Development Squad will learn so much by playing against the likes of these Premier League quality players like Edu and Ness. 

“That’s why we have played against the top teams, to help bring them on.

“Now and again we do get beat by them, but we played really well and got a result.

“It’s not all about the result, that’s not the main thing, but it was a very professional performance.

“We had difficulty times in the game, but we stuck together.

“At the end of the day it was a hard earned win - a bit like the first team on Tuesday.”

The development squad now have a two-week break, before playing Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Barclay’s Premier League Under-21 Cup.

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