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Dunn: We gave our all

Reaction to cup final loss

23 April 2019

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Declan Dunn felt Notts County Reserves were unlucky to come away from their Central League Cup final with a 2-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth.

The Magpies put in a spirited display against their Premier League opponents but were beaten courtesy of Tyrell Hamilton’s strikes either side of half-time at Meadow Lane.

Notts had chances to claw their way back into the tie but couldn’t find a route to goal, something Dunn feels was unfortunate given the account they gave of themselves

“We all put in a good shift and feel unlucky to come away with that result,” said the skipper.

“Their goals were a bit scrappy and weren’t the best to concede but, at the end of the day, we put our all in against a Premier League team, which is all that matters.

“Their goalkeeper [Mark Travers] did very well but we could have put a few things past him and if we’d got that one goal, I feel we’d have got another.

“After being quite sloppy in the first half, we made a better go of things in the second – we were neater in possession and had a lot more joy in the final third.

“We never stopped pushing throughout the whole game and it’s been a good experience at Meadow Lane against a team who are at a different level to us.”

Coach Steve Chettle echoed Dunn’s sentiments, feeling his side did exactly what he called for in his half-time team talk.

“I asked them to have a go and we huffed and puffed but just fell a little bit short,” he said.

“I felt we had to do something a little different – push more people forwards, be braver in possession, work a little bit harder and win the ball back high up the pitch.

“I was pleased to get the reaction I asked for and we turned the ball over in their third but just couldn’t get that goal we needed.

“We were up against a side that we knew would have a lot of possession and are technically better than us but we had a few chances and just fell short.”

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