05:10PM, Wednesday 09 August 2017
ALAN Devonshire was ‘gutted’ for his players after their hard work counted for nought in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Wrexham. He knows that one point from six isn’t a great start to their National League campaign and said they’ll have to show a lot more nous defensively if they’re to survive.
The Magpies had their Welsh opponents on the rack in the second half after Dave Tarpey’s instinctive equaliser, but they failed to land a killer blow and then received a sucker punch when Manny Smith headed in his second of the game.
Devonshire’s men will look to bounce back against Hartlepool United at York Road on Saturday, the early kick-off for live BT Sport coverage.
“At the end of the day they’ve had two shots, two goals,” said Devonshire. “One was a set piece and one was like a set piece. We were just too deep.
“I’m just gutted for them really. I thought they tried hard, worked hard; we had a blatant penalty not given, how the referee hasn’t seen the pull on Marksy I don’t know.
“Carl (Pentney) hasn’t had a save to make, but listen, their two goals came from inside the six-yard box so you’ve got to look at the defender and the keeper with a view to that.
“I felt that we shaded it,” added Devonshire.
“We definitely didn’t deserve to lose the game, but we have so it’s a lesson for us and we move on.
“I’m very disappointed with the two goals. Both goals were scored six yards out. We retreated too deep and the keeper’s got to get them up.
“There are a few little things I’ve got to look at and work on for Saturday.”
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