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Chettle gives Carlisle reaction

Caretaker manager reacts to point

27 November 2018

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Steve Chettle was frustrated to see Notts let in a late equaliser for the second time in three days.

Jerry Yates' 84th-minute header earned Carlisle a share of the spoils in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane after Elliott Hewitt had opened the scoring shortly after the hour mark.

And Chettle was disappointed to let the lead slip inside the last 10 minutes after doing the same at Morecambe on Saturday.

“Conceding late again is annoying,” he admitted.

“It’s a pleasing point and makes it two in a few days but we would have preferred all three tonight.

“I thought we created more chances than Carlisle in the second half and could have taken the lead even earlier when Nathan Thomas was denied by Adam Collin’s heel.”

After largely playing on the back foot in the opening period, Notts looked a different side following the break – something Chettle was keen to address during the interval.

“We had to change things at half-time to take the game to them,” he explained.

“We wanted to get higher up the pitch so we pushed Noor Husin and Elliott higher up and that helped free Elliott to make driving runs from midfield.

“We know we’re in a precarious position but we look a lot better when we’re positive on the ball and we did exactly that in the second half.”

Neal Ardley takes on managerial duties tomorrow and his assistant Neil Cox, who spoke to Chettle after the game, watched from the stands.

The caretaker boss added: “He said that we worked hard and did well to earn a point.

“Him and Neal will now come in and put their own spin on things and hopefully they are able to get the best out of these players.

“We all know the work we need to do. We’ve got 26 games to be better and pick up more points to get out of the situation we are in.”

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