Devonshire claims Magpies are 'in transition' after 3-0 defeat to Sutton United

David Ajiboye fires the U’s in front. Darren Woolley.

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Alan Devonshire claimed his Magpies’ side were now in transition after watching them lose 3-0 to title-challengers Sutton United on Saturday.

Like they’ve done so often this season United looked more than capable of causing an upset at York Road until the U’s netted their first through David Ajiboye in the 65th minute and took control of the game after that.

Despite coming under the cosh in the opening 15 minutes the Magpies grew in confidence as the first half wore on and created their own share of openings to ensure Matt Gray’s men had to battle for all three points.

The U’s have one hand on the National League title after this weekend’s results, having opened a three-point lead with two matches to play. Devonshire said afterwards he hopes they go on and win it, praising them for their quality and defensive resilience. However, he feels that it might have been a very different outcome had the Magpies scored first.

“They’re a decent side,” he said on Saturday. “They’re tip of the league and you can see why they’re top of the league.

“We’ve given away silly goals but listen, we’re in transition now and we’re looking at a few different things.

“The first goal was the killer goal. They got in down the side of us and it came from a missed header.

“We created a few chances, with Coley (Josh) and that, but it is what it is. We’ve got Yeovil now and I’m going to look at a couple of players that I need to look at.

“Up until the first goal the game was even. But they had the quality and they defended properly. Their two centre halves headed everything away and they defended properly.

“Our centre halves didn’t to be fair, and with Seth (Twumasi) on a booking it was a bit of a struggle. But good luck to them, I hope they win it. They’re very organised and they’ve got some quality. They’re also on a roll and haven’t had a lot of injuries which helps. Listen, we could have done better today I think, but good luck to them.”

The Magpies hopes of finishing in the play-offs have been extinguished by an inconsistent run of form of late and Devonshire will use the side’s last three games to have a look at different systems and players, starting at Yeovil Town this evening (Tuesday). He expects to start one of Reece Smith or Bradley Keetch against Yeovil after the pair made impressive late cameos, and did not look at all out of place, against the league leaders.

“They’ve got a chance of playing on Tuesday,” he said. “One of them will probably start on Tuesday so we’ll see about that.

“Goals change games and we’ve given away some poor goals this afternoon. Their third goal was a great finish, but it summed up the afternoon for us.

“We’ve got another game on Tuesday now and I’m looking at people, building things up and making a few big decisions about who I’m going to keep and who I’m not going to keep.

“There’s a few boys that have signed for us, but we won’t announce that until we get all of the business done that we want to get done.”

Alan Devonshire claimed his Magpies’ side were now in transition after watching them lose 3-0 to title-challengers Sutton United on Saturday.

Like they’ve done so often this season United looked more than capable of causing an upset at York Road until the U’s netted their first through David Ajiboye in the 65th minute and took control of the game after that.

Despite coming under the cosh in the opening 15 minutes the Magpies grew in confidence as the first half wore on and created their own share of openings to ensure Matt Gray’s men had to battle for all three points.

The U’s have one hand on the National League title after this weekend’s results, having opened a three-point lead with two matches to play. Devonshire said afterwards he hopes they go on and win it, praising them for their quality and defensive resilience. However, he feels that it might have been a very different outcome had the Magpies scored first.

“They’re a decent side,” he said on Saturday. “They’re tip of the league and you can see why they’re top of the league.

“We’ve given away silly goals but listen, we’re in transition now and we’re looking at a few different things.

“The first goal was the killer goal. They got in down the side of us and it came from a missed header.

“We created a few chances, with Coley (Josh) and that, but it is what it is. We’ve got Yeovil now and I’m going to look at a couple of players that I need to look at.

“Up until the first goal the game was even. But they had the quality and they defended properly. Their two centre halves headed everything away and they defended properly.

“Our centre halves didn’t to be fair, and with Seth (Twumasi) on a booking it was a bit of a struggle. But good luck to them, I hope they win it. They’re very organised and they’ve got some quality. They’re also on a roll and haven’t had a lot of injuries which helps. Listen, we could have done better today I think, but good luck to them.”

The Magpies hopes of finishing in the play-offs have been extinguished by an inconsistent run of form of late and Devonshire will use the side’s last three games to have a look at different systems and players, starting at Yeovil Town this evening (Tuesday). He expects to start one of Reece Smith or Bradley Keetch against Yeovil after the pair made impressive late cameos, and did not look at all out of place, against the league leaders.

“They’ve got a chance of playing on Tuesday,” he said. “One of them will probably start on Tuesday so we’ll see about that.

“Goals change games and we’ve given away some poor goals this afternoon. Their third goal was a great finish, but it summed up the afternoon for us.

“We’ve got another game on Tuesday now and I’m looking at people, building things up and making a few big decisions about who I’m going to keep and who I’m not going to keep.

“There’s a few boys that have signed for us, but we won’t announce that until we get all of the business done that we want to get done.”

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