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Ardley: "Deserved a point"

23 February 2019

Neal Ardley felt Notts were unfortunate to fall to defeat against Tranmere on Saturday.

A cagey affair at Prenton Park ended 1-0 to the home side after Connor Jennings’ strike midway through the second half.

And Ardley felt Notts’ efforts on Merseyside warranted a point.

“Overall we didn’t do enough to win the game but we didn’t deserve to lose it either,” said the boss.

“It’s disappointing because I couldn’t see them opening us up in the second half and you couldn’t recreate that goal.

“It was a clearance that was headed back into their path and left us exposed – we got one moment wrong and were punished.

“We deserved to come away with a point and came out on the wrong side of the fine margins today after weathering a storm in the first half and stopping them creating much in the second.”

On a difficult playing surface, Ardley felt his side lacked some of the attacking threat they had shown in recent matches.

“We’ve been braver in possession in the past and tried to go forward too quickly in the first half because players didn’t want to make a mistake on this pitch,” he said.

“We didn’t pass the ball well enough and turned it over too much, which improved in the second half but we still lacked that zip in our attacks after playing three games in a week.

“We have options going forwards and players who know how to score in this league so we feel there are goals in the team and we will keep pushing to try and win every game.”

The gaffer still believes his side have enough quality to stave off the threat of relegation, though, and has made that clear to his players.

“We have 12 games remaining and I think we can win a fair portion of those,” said Ardley.

“If we put our best foot forward, get the energy back in our legs and play like we have done, I believe we can do that and I’ll keep telling the players the same.

“We’ve lost momentum with two defeats in quick succession but we need to realise that we are still a good team and turn it around again, starting with a good performance next week.”


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