09:07AM, Thursday 04 October 2018
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Alan Devonshire described Saturday’s first-half display against Salford City as the side’s ‘worst of the season’, but he hopes they’ll learn from it and use it to motivate them for Saturday’s visit of second-placed Leyton Orient.
Orient were deposed at the top of the table by Salford on Saturday, and Devonshire was disappointed with the way his players stood off Graham Alexander’s men in the first 30 minutes.
Having travelled the length and breadth of the country to play at Barrow and Chesterfield, the Magpies were understandably sluggish in the first half as Scott Wiseman and Adam Rooney scored to put Salford firmly in control.
Devonshire refused to blame the travel for the performance, but he is looking forward to spending less time on the team bus between now and Christmas.
“We were really poor,” he said.
“That’s the worst 45 minutes we’ve had this season.
“They’re a good side but we just didn’t get close. We didn’t play with the intensity we’ve managed in recent weeks and we let ourselves down.
“We were better in the second half and, if we’d scored in the first 15 minutes of the half, we might have seen a better outcome.
“I’m not going to make excuses. We’ve lost 3-0 and deservedly so. I made some changes in the first half but it was nothing personal (referring to the 29th minute substitution of James Comley and Herson Alves).
“I could have taken anyone off because we were that poor. We’ve come here today off the back of a good win (3-1 at Chesterfield) and had a good crowd but we’ve let ourselves down.”
Second-placed Leyton Orient are the visitors to York Road on Saturday and Devonshire will want to see a reaction.
“Salford are a good side but so are Leyton Orient, who we’ve got next week,” he said.
“Are we just going to stand off them as well?
“You’ve got to get amongst these teams and let them know you’re there.
“We didn’t do that today.
“Leyton Orient lost today (1-0 to Sutton) which means they’ll be working even harder next week, but listen, we’ll look forward to it and I’ll probably change a few things, we’ll see.”
He added: “We now don’t travel very far until Christmas. It’s more local and I’m glad about that.”
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