09:40AM, Thursday 05 September 2019
Alan Devonshire believes there’s still more to come from his high-flying Magpies this season, despite being delighted by their impressive start to the campaign.
United are sitting pretty in fourth place after nine matches, after hammering Sutton United 3-0 on Saturday and holding much-fancied Wrexham AFC to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night.
On paper at least, the Magpies’ start to the season was about as tough as it could have been and before the season Devonshire spoke about this being the side’s ‘toughest campaign to date’.
But, so far, they’ve made light work of a hectic schedule, overcoming injuries to make an excellent start – especially on the road.
They had to ride their luck at times in North Wales on Tuesday as Jason Oswell and Luke Young put the Reds 2-1 in front in the second half. But Josh Smile popped up with a belting strike – his third in four matches – to level things up and that’s how it remained.
It was an eventful evening for Young who turned home James Akintunde’s cross for an own goal in the 17th minute.
“We played really well in the first half and could have had the game won by half-time,” said Devonshire. “That’s the best we’ve played for 35-40 minutes and we could have come off two or three goals up.
“But, listen, I would have taken that result. I think Wrexham are going to be right up there this season. They’re a good side. At the end of the day it’s a good result and we’ve picked up four points from six.”
It was a different story at Gander Green Lane on Saturday when the Magpies spoiled the 100-year anniversary celebrations for the old ground by scoring three unanswered goals in the second half, the first of which was a cracking finish from Shamir Fenelon from outside the area.
“We did really well again on Saturday and our away performances this season have been excellent so far,” he added.
“We’re unbeaten so far, which is very unusual in this league.
“I’m delighted though. It’s been a very good week for us.”
It’s an old cliché but the Magpies will be taking it ‘one game at a time’, according to Devonshire, and aren’t looking any further ahead than Saturday’s home game with Dagenham & Redbridge.
“We’re not looking at the league table,” he said. “We’re just taking it one game at a time because you know in this league you can go 10 games without a win and start plummeting down the table.
“I think there’s more to come from us when we get all our players back fit. We’ll be a little bit stronger but we’re doing very well at the moment and long may that continue.
“Dagenham are a side that’s spent a lot of money and will be looking for a top six finish.
“It will be a difficult game but we’re looking forward to it and hopefully will have a couple of players back from injury.
“Remy Clerima is one we’ll be looking at and Seth (Twumasi) and Jake (Cassidy) both got bad knocks last night (Tuesday) so we’ll have to assess them.”
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