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Abbott: We Won The Game At The Training Ground

3 September 2014

Assistant Manager praised the Notts squad after bouncing back superbly from the Sunday's league loss, to beat Mansfield Town on Tuesday…

Abbott was full of praise of the team's focus and drive and admitted it was the spirit and hard work that they created on Monday at the club's training base, that ensured they beat the Stags 2-0 in the JPT.

The Assistant Manager told the waiting media post-match, that it was the player's mindset that was key to the game.

Goals from strikers Ronan Murray and Jake Cassidy put Notts through into the next round of the Football League trophy.

He told Magpie Player: "I thought we won the game yesterday at the training ground. They were so keen to win, spirits were high and they didn't want Mansfield taking anything home.

"It's sent everyone home happy.

"The performance was key tonight. We passed it as well as we've done all season. It was always going to be difficult against Mansfield, especially after the pre-season game where we saw they got some big strong boys playing.

"We competed well and got our ball-players on the ball, the likes of Reece Brown and he made things happen for us. 

"Ronan, since we've come in has been brilliant goalscoring wise, he's probably got a goal every two and half game. He's a great finisher, whether it be on his right or left foot, he's always testing the keeper.

"I thought the move for the first goal was brilliant and it calmed everyone down and allowed us to play. 

"I was pleased for Jake too, as he's been playing up there on his own a little and he works hard for the team. It's great to get them both on the scoresheet.

Abbott was a lone figure in the technical area, with Manager Shaun Derry serving a two-match touchline ban, but kept in contact with him throughout via mobile phone.

He joked: "I got plenty of phone calls from upstairs, but I wasn't interested! I think he wanted to place a Chinese order after the game, and we are having egg fried rice and sweet and sour meat balls!

"He's anxious to be back on the touchline, I will there at Peterborough and I'm sure he will be making more phonecalls. It's been frustrating for him, but he will soon be back."

To watch the full interview on Magpie Player click here.

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