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No talk of Tarpey as Maidenhead United fly high in National League

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DAVE Tarpey’s deadline day move to Barnet might have been the talk on the terraces but Alan Devonshire stressed the player’s name wasn’t mentioned ahead of Saturday’s stunning win at Sutton United.

Tarpey left the Magpies for a club record fee, thought to be quite a bit more than the £25,000 they received for Alex Wall back in 2013, but Devonshire’s side ensured there was no hangover as they went out and beat Sutton 2-0 at Gander Green Lane.

In what many have said is the club’s best league display in recent memory, the Magpies deservedly claimed all three points thanks to second-half goals from Ryan Upward and Harold Odametey.

It was a victory which showed there’s plenty of life after Dave Tarpey, and a big retort to anyone who questioned whether they were a one-man team.

Basking in the satisfying glow of victory, Devonshire said he wouldn’t swap his current crop of players for any other side in the National League.

“There was no talk about Dave Tarpey,” he said. “None of the boys spoke about him before the game.

“He’s gone now and we were here to do a job. There was a time when he didn’t play before at Barrow, so it’s not like we haven’t got results without him.

“We’ll miss him because, at the end of the day, he scores a lot of goals and we’re delighted for him but it’s time to move on and start thinking about the people that are here.”

The players executed their manager’s game plan to the letter at Sutton and set the benchmark for future displays this season with their willingness to work for one another.

“We’ve got a couple more (players) here who could step up but while they’re here and doing well I’m delighted. I wouldn’t swap them for anyone,” said Devonshire.

“My job is to see weaknesses. I passed that onto the boys but they’ve got to put it into practice. I’m just delighted. I’m not picking anyone out.

“From 1-11 they were brilliant. There’s not many teams that will do that to them. I’ll settle for 2-0 and it’s our first clean sheet of the season. It would be wrong to pick anyone out.

“Let’s enjoy this win and then we’ll look forward to a tough game at Halifax.”

Chairman Peter Griffin was pleased there was no negative effect of the club’s decision to sell Tarpey on deadline day.

“He wants to play full-time football and we’re delighted for him,” he said.

“In the end it was a good move for everyone and it was important for us to win on Saturday to show there was no hangover from it.

“I can’t say what the fee was. It’s supposed to be confidential and that’s written into the contract, but it beat our previous record fee (for Wall in 2013).

“He went for around £25,000 and we got a bit more than that. Put it this way, Dev and I both felt it was a fair price and we were happy with the deal.”


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