07:30PM, Thursday 24 January 2019
Alan Devonshire hopes that when the disappointment of Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Solihull Moors wears off the players will be able to take the positives from their impressive display.
Sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve, he admitted, and that was certainly the case for the Magpies on Saturday.
They shaded much of the contest and were clearly the better side before the interval, yet lost the game 2-1 in the cruellest of circumstances. Pushing for a winner down at the Bell Street End, play quickly shifted downfield and Adi Yusuff nipped in to score the winner with almost the last kick.
“Yeah I’m gutted for them in there,” Devonshire said of his players.
“They worked their nuts off today and I thought we were the better side at times,
especially in the first half when we’ve come in at 1-1. We deserved more than that but, listen, sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve and we definitely deserved something from that game.”
Devonshire said afterwards the players must take the defeat on the chin and pick themselves up for Saturday’s trip to fifth placed Wrexham.
They sit 20th in the table with 16 games to play, two points above Chesterfield who are fourth from bottom.
Their home form remains a worry, but with five of the bottom 10 sides still to visit York Road this season they’ll be looking to rectify that in the coming weeks and months.
“They’re (Moors) hard to play against,” he said. “I hope they go on and win it.
“But I can’t ask for any more from the players. They’ve given me everything and I feel for them because they’re down now. To lose like that is hard to take but it happens and we’ve got to pick ourselves up and look forward to Wrexham next week. We’ve got to take it on the chin. It hurts, really hurts, but we’ve got to take the positives from it and consider how well we’ve played against a very good side.
“We’re playing better now. We showed a lot of determination and good play. I can’t say enough because they’ve given me everything, but listen, this league is tough. It will be tough at Wrexham on Saturday but we can go there knowing we’re in good form. We look a dangerous side now so let’s see what happens.”
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