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Devonshire delighted with display as Magpies see out decade on a positive note

Maidenhead United saw out the decade on a positive note with a hard-earned 2-0 win over Wrexham AFC at York Road, and boss Alan Devonshire will be hoping the display becomes the benchmark for the rest of the campaign.

United had looked to be badly out of form as they stumbled from the 4-1 defeat against Barnet FC and the 3-0 reverse at Notts County on Boxing Day.

But Devonshire’s men got their act together on Saturday to dispatch Dean Keates’ Wrexham with two goals from Danny Whitehall, who’s now in double figures for the season.

It also keeps the relegation zone at arms length as they head into the final matches of the festive period, yesterday’s (New Year’s Day) home game against Notts County and Saturday’s trip to Harrogate Town. The side were in 17th place and five points above the drop zone ahead of their clash with County. After the final whistle Devonshire said his side were rewarded for their teamwork.

“I thought it was a really good performance,” he said.

“We’ve had a couple of poor performances but today I felt like we were in control and comfortable. We didn’t have a lot to do and we played some good stuff so yeah, if we play like that every week we’ll be alright.

 “At the end of the day, the game is a simple game and it’s about working hard and getting (the best out of) your ability. I’m delighted with the performance because it was great all round from the whole team for 90 minutes and that’s what we’ve been after from them. We had no doubt really.”

On Whitehall’s contribution to the win, Devonshire added: “The kid is a finisher with great technique and all that. It’s just trying to get the balance right with the team and that.

“But listen, I’m really pleased for him and he’s got 12 goals now so not bad at all.”

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