Notts County Caretaker Manager Paul Hart was pleased with the performance of his players in the goalless draw with Coventry City on Easter Monday.
Having seeing his side secure their second consecutive clean sheet, Hart admitted that it would have been nice to come away with all three points from Monday’s Sky Bet League 1 game against Coventry, but was proud of his players nonetheless.
“It would have been nice to get a win, it’s true to say, and we do need a win, but I’ve got to commend the players for the performance, I thought they were excellent,” Hart said after the game.
“Although we ran out a little bit of legs and a bit of steam in the second half, a clean sheet is something that’s required, so I’m pleased with the way the players have gone about their jobs.
“Although we worked tremendously hard up front, we didn’t have a lot there, but these are tight margins and you may get one chance, you may get no chances, but it’s the same at the other end of the pitch, you’ve got to keep them out,” he continued.
“They put us under a bit of pressure, we ran out of steam a bit, but equally in the first half, when we had a lot of possession and made them work hard, if we’d have capitalised on that superiority in the first half, I think we’d have clinched it.”
When asked specifically about Alan Smith, who match sponsors Experian named as their Man of the Match, Hart added that the former England international epitomised the kind of commitment shown by the whole team.
“He was excellent today, but he spirit that he shows runs throughout the team, you look at Jones, Thompson, Hayden Mullins, senior players who are putting their necks on the line,” he added.
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