07:00PM, Wednesday 15 September 2021
Photo: George Tewkesbury
Kane Ferdinand admitted Remy Clerima's first half dismissal made life difficult for the Magpies in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Stockport County, but he says they'll dust themselves down and go again for Saturday's trip to Notts County.
The Magpies head into the game against one of the title favourites off the back of three straight league defeats and with a loyal and large home crowd looking to make things even tougher for them.
Last year they grabbed a 3-2 win away at County with Sam Barratt netting twice in front of the empty stands. He returned as a second half substitute on Tuesday night following injury, and Ferdinand is confident United have the quality to bounce back from Tuesday's disappointing defeat.
“There are no easy games in this league,” he said. “And this game could spur us on, going up there in front of a big crowd.
“They've done well but we've also got quite a big squad ourselves so the players who come in will be fine.”
Ferdinand felt the Magpies had been hamstrung by Clerima's 23rd minute dismissal, and he knew the game was up when James Holden was also shown a straight red after clattering into Alex Reid attempting to clear the ball late in the game.
“It's not ideal,” he said of the dismissals. “The first red card came when we were only 1-0 down and we were still capable of getting back into the game.
“Although they were leading, we were well capable of getting back into it.
“I didn't really see what happened as I was at the front post, and it happened behind me, but Remy says he was provoked.
“But even with 10 men you still see teams get back into games.
“The crowd were really good, and they were spurring us on, and we still felt we might get a decent chance from a set piece or something. With the second red card, our keepers got the ball and the player as he's followed through. From that point on we were hamstrung, and it was one of those evenings really.
“We've just got to dust ourselves down and go again. We’ll have to recover quickly because that took a lot out of us.”