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Halsall: Commitment From The Lads Was There For All To See

16 January 2015

The Coach was pleased with the endeavour of his side...

The Magpies missed out on a chance to go equal top of the table with a 2-0 defeat against Mansfield Town on Thursday evening.

Despite the scoreline Notts dominated much of the play and should have taken a deserved lead in the first half.

The Stags did get the crucial first goal following a long punt upfield aided by the strong wind and a slip from the Notts goalkeeper. They scored a second to wrap up the three points late on, meaning the Magpies remained in fourth position.

Head of Academy Coaching Mick Halsall told the Official Site: "We played really, really well in the first half in difficult conditions and could have been four or five up and that's not an exaggeration. 

"Their keeper pulls off some good saves, where we should have finished better and we should have been well infront.

"I think we limited to them to one shot in the first half, so it was a matter of going again in the second half and coping with the wind against us, which we did.

"We managed the game well and the game had a 0-0 written all over it, unless someone produced a bit of quality or there was a mistake.

"Unfortunately the ball with the wind and our keeper slips, when he should be doing better and that means they go ahead, but credit to our boys, their heads didn't drop and we still had chances.

"We played some good stuff against a physical side, continued to create chances.

"Then in the final phase of play they score the second off a free-kick, which we should have defended the second ball better.

"But overall I was pleased, especially when you consider their was a mix of Under 18s, 17s, 16s and 15s involved. So players were playing against some lads who were three and a half years older than them and that shows great promise for the future.

"The younger lads have done really well." 

The side are next back in the action when they welcome Hartlepool United a week on Saturday. For full details of their fixtures and results click here.

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