Ricardo Moniz believes Notts County will come back stronger after fixture break

MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.
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Notts County boss Ricardo Moniz believes the club’s enforced break last weekend will help reinvigorate his players.

County have started life poorly in League Two with just one win in five.

But Moniz says his side will go into this afternoon’s game with Luton Town full of energy as they look to climb the table.

“The break for me was boring, but for the players it was good,” he said

“We trained twice last week, had the weekend off and this Monday everybody was fresh.

“We could never play one game with the same 11. We had red and yellow cards, referee decisions which didn’t go to our advantage.

“Mental strength from the players saved us against Mansfield. We won the sympathy back from the fans.

“It wasn’t their team which played against us in the league, but we beat them and gave us a lot of hope.

“Since I came here, the problem is quite easy – we can’t defend. We have two faces.

“We can score fantastic goals but we made horrible mistakes at the back.

“Sometimes I hear we are too attacking, but that’s nothing to do with it.

“My first priority is to defend, but when you can’t rely on one player in a defence, then it has consequences.

“Against Mansfield though we were much better organised.

“Success is our priority and how we do it is important.

“Our fans are customers and they don’t want to see us shoot the ball out of play and defend with six men in the box.

“We have a brave style, but that doesn’t mean we can’t defend 200 per cent.”

The fancied Hatters have also started poorly with just one win in six.

But Moniz knows that Luton will offer a tough challenge as they roared on by a big away following.

He added: “I think Luton will bring 2,000 fans. We can’t be intimidated.

“They had a great striking duo. We are at home and it can’t be like it was against Mansfield.

“Luton are a big club and I hope the fans will see a fantastic game.”