Maidenhead assistant makes Notts County fans cry out as Magpies march continues
Alex Lacey insists Notts County is “capable of a lot more” despite taking seven points in their last three games and maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.
The Magpies triumphed 1-0 over Maidenhead this weekend as they went seven games unbeaten in front of a crowd of just under 6,000 at Meadow Lane.
Lacey said he was claiming the goal that secured the three points, but that was challenged by captain Kyle Cameron who had the initial header.
Notts was far from perfect in the National League clash with the first-half display prompting head coach Ian Burchnall to admit they were “a far cry” from the quality he knows that they own.
Center-back Lacey agreed Notts could be much better in terms of quality, but was happy with his points return.
“If you look at the points, we took seven points last week, but I don’t think our performances were really great,” he said.
“We know that we have a lot of progress to make. We know that we are capable of a lot more.
“It can be frustrating to play at times and I guess it can be frustrating to watch too.
“We just need to be more aggressive, especially at home.
“We have to bring it more to the teams. We want to keep the ball in play and play attractive football, but sometimes we have to mix it up.
“We have to keep the opposing teams on the back foot. I think we have room for improvement, but it was a clean sheet and three points.”
The victory over Maidenhead lifted Notts to fourth in the National League standings and in contact with the leaders Chesterfield who are also undefeated.
Burchnall’s side had to work hard to secure their victory over Alan Devonshire’s side in a great atmosphere at Meadow Lane.
And Maidenhead deputy boss Ryan Peters claimed their travel support rivals the Magpies in volume stakes, saying the outcome could have been different if they had seized one of the opportunities.
“We had created four chances in the first half and if we had created four in the second half I think we would have taken one, but unfortunately we didn’t,” he said. .
“We were a bit lackluster, and as Notts County allowed in the game. We allowed them to score and then they had a penalty which we saved. It wasn’t the same second half as us and it should have been because we had four forwards on the pitch.
“Of course the boys love coming to stadiums like this, and our fans were as loud, if not louder, than the seven thousand they had here. We wanted to give them a much better performance, and while it was good overall, basically we lost another game and we have to try to turn things around as quickly as possible.
“We will continue to create opportunities and we need to get back to keeping the sheets clean.
“We haven’t done it yet, but the boys know we’re always going to create and more often than not we’ll take those risks. We have to keep the conviction and things will change.