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Chettle: Experience and quality showed

Chettle pleased to reach final

26 February 2019

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Steve Chettle says Notts County Reserves’ experience and quality told in their 3-0 win against Fleetwood on Tuesday afternoon.

An experienced Magpies’ side booked their place in the final of the Central League Cup thanks to goals from Lewis Alessandra, Andy Kellett and Remaye Campbell against a youthful Cod Army outfit.

And Chettle was pleased his side made their experience show in the second period after going into the break goalless.

“I said at half-time we needed to change our tempo in the final third and approach from different angles of attack,” he said.

“We did that and it led to two of the goals as we made our experience and quality show and we recoded a comfortable win in the end.”

Alessandra opened the scoring with a sweetly-struck half-volley early in the second half and Chettle felt the strike made all the difference.

“I don’t think Lewis will catch one as clean as that for the foreseeable future,” he joked.

“It was a goal we needed as we had a lot of possession but were only creating half chances.

“It made them come out and try to get an equaliser which meant we could pick holes in their lines and create more scoring opportunities and that’s how we scored the second and third.”

Chettle was also pleased with the defensive efforts of his side and is now looking forward to facing off against AFC Bournemouth in the final of the competition.

“It was pleasing to keep a clean sheet as it always is,” he said. “If we can build our performances around those, we know we have a goal in us to win games.

“I hadn’t looked past this match but now we move on to Bournemouth and we’ll see what that clash brings.

“We’ll assess the opposition nearer the time but they’re a Premier League football club so I don’t think it will be easy.”

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