Billy Reflects on Last Weekend's Defeat

Last updated : 30 January 2003 By Rob Davies

For the first 20 minutes the Magpies entirely dominated the home game against Plymouth last Saturday but were unable to make the break-through after having numerous chances.

"Paul Heffernan hit the bar, though I thought he might have scored from where he was and Ian Richardson had one cleared off the line", Billy told the Nottingham Evening Post.

But Dearden knew what to expect from the Pilgrims and that was why he needed his side to put away the chances they had.

"But we knew they were going to be a strong side on the break, that they had quick players and would look to counter-attack."

Dearden also made his feelings known about referee Andy D’Urso.

Four Notts Players Were Booked
D’Urso, a Premier League referee showed the yellow card to four Notts players during the course of the game - Stallard, Ireland, Caskey and Allsopp.

"That was the last thing we needed," said Dearden. "We don't need to pick up any more suspensions.

"He seemed quite keen to get his yellow card out, when I didn't think it was necessary.

Dearden, however, is hoping he has a few more players to choose from when the team travel down to Wycombe next Saturday.

"Hopefully we will have a few of the injured lads back," Dearden said

"There is a slim chance we might have Michael Brough back, but I don't believe there is much hope with the others."