Gudjon hails main-man Pipe

Despite the Magpies failing to claim victory of the league’s bottom side on Saturday, manager Gudjon Thordarson has sung the praises of newly-converted midfield man David Pipe following his gallant performance at the weekend.

Pipe: Star man
Pipe started his career as a striker, before growing into a wing-back, winger, sweeper and, of late, central midfielder during the early stages of his young career, proving he can do a job in almost any position.

The 22-year old’s gutsy performance at the weekend – one already having been tagged as the best from a Notts player this season – marks Pipe’s affirmation as perhaps the clubs most rounded talent, with his tackling, work-rate and creativity having earned him many a plaudit from the clubs supporters, media figures and, now, his manager alike.

Speaking to the club’s Official web-site, Thordarson has promised the one-time Wales cap that he can make the midfield spot his own, providing he can maintain the standards he has set himself over the last few games.

"Pipey was outstanding on Saturday – there's no other way to describe him. He's growing in strength and experience and to see that sort of performance was a big plus-point for us," said Gudjon.

"His work-rate was excellent, he took himself forward in a good manner and some of the other things he did were good to see."

"Credit to the lad - he's been building up his game and going in the centre has worked well for him."

Another player catching the eye of the club’s coaching staff this week is loan signing, Mark DeBolla.

Besides chalking up his first goal for his new club at the weekend, the 22-year old Chesterfield striker has made bulging the net something of a habit, adding to his tally with a brace in friendly action earlier today.

The youngster – who will learn whether or not he will face Torquay due to a potential ‘cup-tie’ clause from his parent club later this week – scored a first-half double in a behind closed doors friendly with Derby County earlier today, a game that the Magpies went on to lose 3-2.

The Rams named a strong line-up including Jeff Kenna, Danny Graham, Lee Holmes and Adam Bolder, whilst the Magpies also named a wide array of first teamers, including Stacey Long, Jake Sheridan and, of course, Mark DeBolla.

For a comprehensive run-down of Saturday's action, click here.

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