Huddersfield 3 Notts County 0

Last updated : 12 October 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Notts County boss Billy Dearden roasted his players after they turned in an abject performance at the McAlpine Stadium to see his sides second away defeat of the season.

Dearden did not pull his punches after watching what he described as the worst County performance since he took over the reins eight months ago and said the Terriers might have won by more.

Dearden said: "We had more passion and enthusiasm in our training session on Friday morning than we did during the actual and I was bitterly disappointed.

"Huddersfield deserved to win and will probably be upset to have only scored three times because to be honest it could have been six or seven."

The home side registered only their third win of the season thanks to a brace from young striker Jon Stead and a goal from defender Adie Moses and created a stack of other chances.

Stead, who was a revelation in the reserves last season, have been unlucky in front of goal since stepping into the first team in August but finally broke his duck against the Magpies.

It looked as if it was going to be another one of those days for the hard-working Stead when on ten minutes his low shot cannoned off the post but just five minutes later he was the on the score sheet after being put through by Chris Holland.

Stead kept his cool and planted a firm strike into the roof of the net past keeper Stuart Garden.

His second came 18 minutes from time when his shot was deflected in and he had a chance to add to his tally minutes later but blasted over the bar from close range from Steve Jenkins' cross.

In between Moses reacted first to tap in a Holland cross at the far post after the visitors had failed to clear a John Thorrington corner on 25 minutes.

It took County 61 minutes to finally register a shot on goal but substitute Paul Bolland dragged his effort wide and was ironically jeered by his own fans massed behind the goal