Date: 20th April 2015 at 1:23pm
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Manager Ricardo Moniz has said that Notts County simply have to stick together following the two nil defeat to Crawley Town at the weekend.

Two goals in as many minute brought the game to an end in many ways as County just had too much to do, but speaking to the Official Site Moniz said everybody had to stick together as it wasn’t the end of the world it was our first defeat in six, so we had to remain positive and ensure we got back to what we had been doing in previous matches.

‘It is not the first time we conceded so easily. We brought them into the game. The chances they created, weren`t so many. We gave ourselves the problems, the first goal, we did not mark. Too easy the mistakes. The first half, the system created chances. We had chances with Gary Jones and Garry Thompson. There were a few shots, but even in the first half we didn`t really create real chances. Paddy McCourt with his creativity and Blair Adams with his overlapping qualities came off, and then the youngsters have to do it, and I have to protect them. The team as a result, the responsibilities are with the manager.’

Moniz goes on to say that ultimately he takes the responsibility and as manager it’s down to him to protect the players, and keep them mentally fit and fresh and ready to go because the simple fact is we have nine points left to play for and nine points would make the world of difference to the bottom of the League One table given how tight things are.

With him only recently being appointed to the role and barely having a handful of games under his belt with these players he also admitted it’s a learning curve still, he is learning about them and they are learning about him.

‘In bad times you learn who has character, and you must not be hectic. Without any individual class, it is very difficult. We went behind after the first 15 minutes, with individual mistakes. We must not be negative now, we will stick together. Tuesday is another chance against a fantastic team, who are playing for promotion. We have to stick together, we can never give up, especially for all the fans that travelled. We have to prepare and not make these mistakes, we have said it many times.’

Midfielder Gary Jones was also speaking after the game and he talked about his disappointment at the manner in which we conceded both strikes.

‘Silly goals we keep giving away, it absolutely kills you as a football team. It is very hard to come back from when you conceded two in quick succession. I apologise to the supporters that made the long trip down, great support and we let them down. We need to win and win quick. We are just not doing that. We aren`t giving ourselves chances to win football matches at the moment, the goals we conceded. We never take the lead, we give ourselves a mountain to climb.’

Frustration yes, but hopefully not resignation.

What Jones knows is you can’t give away goals like that at any level and expect to win games and that is simply what we have to do to avoid the drop with so few games remaining.

‘You can`t do that at any level. It is back to the drawing board again and we will try and sort it out on Tuesday. Preston are flying. We are fighting at the other end of the spectrum. It is a massive game Tuesday. We need to roll our sleeves up for that one.’

Preston certainly won’t be easy, a point would be a good result but a win could just be that click and lift everyone needs at this stage of the season.

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