Greg Abbott reflects on a hard to take defeat at home to Sheffield United.
Notts County Assistant Manager Greg Abbott was bitterly disappointed to have come away with nothing to show from a 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United, despite an encouraging display from his side.
Having gone behind to a very well-taken Jamie Murphy strike on 16 minutes, Notts battled back to equalise through Liam Noble before half time and then looked to be taking control of the game after the interval.
However, a Matt Done goal 15 minutes from time secured all three points for Sheffield United and left Abbott ruing what could have been in his post-match interview.
“We’re trying at home, aren’t we, to give the fans something to be encouraged by and we’re trying desperately hard to bridge gaps in terms of strengths and sizes of squads and I think tonight we did it,” explained Abbott.
“We had a bit of a fall out at half time, we thought we’d much more in the locker, much more aggression, much more determination in our play for the second half and I thought they were very, very good second half.
“Garry’s chance goes in early on and maybe it’s different and there’s a lot of disappointment knocking about now because we probably feel that we deserved something out of the game, I think that’s fair to say,” he added.
“Tonight, that probably could have gone 2-1 to us as easy as it’s gone 2-1 to them, so we feel aggrieved that we haven’t got anything and probably a point, from their first half and our second half probably would have been fair.
“We’re all disappointed and nobody more so than the Manager and myself and the people connected to the club, the fans absolutely probably go home tonight, probably disappointed with the result but in the bigger picture they’ll look at that and they’ll be enthused by the energy and the determination shown in the second half.”
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