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Chettle: 'Better, but we should've won'

Caretaker boss reacts to Globe Arena draw

24 November 2018

Steve Chettle says Notts County put in a much better performance at Morecambe but felt the side should have recorded a victory.

Kristian Dennis’ first league goal since August gave the Magpies a second-half lead which looked like it would be enough to earn three points until substitute Kevin Ellison equalised in the dying moments.

And, although he was disappointed not to see the game out, Chettle praised the improvement of the Notts’ players.

“That was a whole lot better,” he said. “They’ve put the right amount of effort in today which is why they’re all tired but that is the bare minimum we expect.

“Our retention of the ball was vastly improved and we created chances which is something we struggled with last week.

“We should have taken three points today, though, because a late goal has undone our good work.”

Notts limited the host’s chances throughout the match - with Ross Fitzsimons hardly called into action – which pleased the caretaker manager.

“I thought we defended resolutely,” said Chettle. “Our gameplan worked right up until the 88th minute and Ross only had to make one save.

“We had much more structure with our two holding midfielders staying behind the ball and we were brave when they sent crosses into our box.

“It’s disappointing to concede in the manner we did because we work on set pieces all week.

“From dead balls we have everyone where we want them and they know the role they have to carry out so it is tough to take.”

Chettle was impressed with the performance of goalscorer Dennis and says he will discuss the team’s display with incoming manager Neal Ardley ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Carlisle.

He added: “Kristian knows his role and used his fitness well which helped him put a good shift in today.

“He was unlucky not to score in the first half as well because it was only the keeper’s backside that prevented him.

“I know Neal watched the game from afar and I’m sure he’ll have an input on Tuesday night and I’m looking forward to working with him.”


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