Notts County Manager Shaun Derry spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of his side’s trip to Rochdale this weekend.
Derry admitted after Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Preston North End that his side were maybe just lacking a cutting edge that can make all the difference in games.
However, the Notts boss isn’t ready to just wait until the transfer window reopens in January to see an improvement, saying when asked that question: “Not necessarily, I’m waiting for maybe a slice of fortune that gives us a bit of a head start in terms of getting that little bit of intensity around the box that we’re just missing out on, just at this moment in time.
“I’ve been really happy with how the season’s gone, I’ve got to say that. Cutting edge is not just the centre forwards, it’s all over the park. I’ve been a little bit disappointed by our freekicks and set plays of late, that’s a cutting edge, just something extra to get us something over the line, just like they did on Tuesday night.
“I think they only had one or two chances on Tuesday night yet they scored just by someone putting their head in where it hurts, that’s a cutting edge as well.”
And whilst he looks for his side to find their goalscoring touch, Derry knows that our opponents this weekend haven’t had the same problem of late, adding: “I think they’ve scored eight goals in their last two games, so I think they’ve found their cutting edge!
“We’re expecting a very difficult game on Saturday. We’ve had them watched two or three times.
“When you get promoted and you’re on that run of form, it’s just a crest of a wave and that’s what Rochdale are on at the minute and I suppose long may it continue for them. But we’ll go there with our game plan and hopefully it will work.”
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