VICE-PRESIDENT’S VIEW: Poor finishing and final ball cost Notts County dear against Accrington Stanley

In a match that Notts dominated for long periods, poor finishing and basic errors cost them dearly against Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane on Saturday.

The Magpies created many chances during the game but, poor finishing and ill directed final balls into the opponents’ penalty area was their downfall.

Even if the game was littered with mistakes at least the Notts players never gave up running.

After taking the lead with a fantastic header it looked as if they would coast to victory, alas it all went wrong after an ill thought out challenge from midfielder Liam Noble brought a red card to the Notts man.

The red card brought Accrington back into the game and they soon equalised. In the final minutes with the Notts fans on the edge of their seats, the visitors had three excellent chances to win the match, but fortunately did not take them.

The performancewas a big improvement from the previous two games, but a leader is still required on the field.

That is no reflection on Roy Carroll, but it is so difficult to captain a side from the goalkeeping position as you are so far away at times from the play.

I feel that there are so many passes going astray because the players are not helping each other, many are not finding space quickly enough, so many passes are speculative and very often reach the opposition.

other players have many minutes when they are not involved in the play.

It is great news about the acquisition of new striker Izale Mcleod, lets hope he does the trick.

The next match of course is against Aston Villa who play some good football and that may suit County’s style of play as they look to cause an upset.

Postscript, do not yet discard Haydn Hollis, Curtis Thompson and Alan Smith. All are hard tackling individuals who will do a job of work in this division.