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Positive response to poor start

Ardley's assessment of Sutton stalemate

7 September 2019

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Notts County manager Neal Ardley was unhappy with his side’s start at Sutton but saw plenty of positives in the rest of their performance.

The Magpies found themselves 1-0 down early on and struggled to impose themselves in an attacking sense during the game’s early throes.

“At the end of the day, we didn’t get the three points because we didn’t start the game well enough,” said Ardley after the match. “For 20 minutes we were second to a lot of stuff – we didn’t have a tempo about us despite us saying before the game that we’d need to come out of the blocks fast.

“We found ourselves 1-0 down, which is always hard, and a few choice words were said at half-time. The boys responded really, really well and should have gone on to win the game. It was more like what we expected to see – we took control.

“I know that’s three without a win and there’ll be some doom and gloom, but we’ve got to keep believing. We’ve got the players to score goals and it will turn.”

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Notts found home keeper Jamie Butler in sensational form in the second half.

But one man who was able to beat him was Kyle Wootton, who notched his first goal for the club with a sweetly-struck long-range effort.

“I thought he was excellent,” said Ardley. “He was on Tuesday as well.

“He’s a young target man who needs a bit of guidance on some things. We want him to do what he did in the second half – hold the ball up and bring otherrs into play.

“That’s what he did brilliantly and as a result we created a lot more chances.”

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