Notts County's brilliant transfer is proven yet again as Ian Burchnall makes goalscorer wish

By Leigh Curtis

Notts County ended their mini-slump with a solid victory at Yeovil Town as two goals from Ruben Rodrigues clinched a 2-0 win at Huish Park.

The Portuguese attacker took his tally to four goals in three games and reached six for the season with another excellent display.

Rodrigues opened the scoring with a terrific finish which came at the end of a fine move and added his second after the break with a header from Matt Palmer's corner.

The win ended a run of three straight defeats for Notts and they never looked in any danger of surrendering their lead unlike Halifax in midweek.

Here Leigh Curtis assesses all the talking points from the clash at Huish Park...

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It wasn't Notts at their free-flowing best, but it was solid and it was comfortable which, given the midweek capitulation to Halifax, was most welcome.

There was a fair degree of pressure on Ian Burchnall's side particularly after blowing a two-goal lead against 10 men at the Shay where they ended up losing 3-2 following a disastrous 20 minutes.

After that game Burchnall bemoaned the lack of game management which had ultimately cost them all three points in midweek, but against Yeovil, there was a big improvement.

Notts never went gung-ho in the search of a crucial second goal which meant there were very few chances for the opposition to counter.

And then it was just a case of making the most of the next opportunity that came their way which Ruben Rodrigues took with aplomb from Matty Palmer's corner.

Burchnall praised the way Notts controlled the game and if they ever need a reminder of how to kill a game off then all he has to do is keep a copy of this game to hand.

Hot Rod wish

Ruben Rodrigues is undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents in the National League as he proved once again with two well-taken goals.

The first was a trademark finish from the Portuguese attacker who absolutely loves a chop onto his left foot before finding the bottom corner.

But he also has plenty of aerial prowess which he demonstrated at Barnet on the opening day of the season and followed it up here with another clinical finish from Matt Palmer's corner.

Head coach Burchnall said afterwards that he now wishes his goalscorer Rodrigues could score more scruffy goals having said he has perfected the art of scoring the beautiful.

Anybody who witnessed his 35-yard lob against Halifax in midweek would certainly agree with that assessment. There are seldom many tap-ins.

But if he could add the simple finishes to his repertoire, he could well finish the season with a tally approaching 20 goals.

He certainly gets in enough positions which is half the battle.

Credit where it's due

Regular readers of the Notts County talking points will know this column has made no secret of its desire to see vast improvements in the refereeing standards in the National League.

But praise should also be handed out and Gary Parsons can take credit for what was an excellent performance by any official to oversee a Notts game this season.

He always had control of the game although was perhaps a bit lenient with a tackle on Callum Roberts in the second half which could, and should, have been a red card.

However, he wasn't really helped by his assistant who was looking straight at Jack Robinson's challenge.

Burchnall has spoken of his frustrations about the referees in the division, but he also gave Parsons credit for the way he conducted himself.

He was firm, fair and you hardly ever noticed him. According to Burchnall, he said the communication between the fourth official and Parsons was also very good so both benches were always aware of why decisions were being made.

If only it could be like this every week.

Super Kyle Cameron

Along with Matty Palmer, the former Torquay defender has already proven to be a brilliant bit of transfer business as he proved just how valuable he is to this team.

Having missed the last three games, in which Notts lost every single one, he returned to the starting line-up and made such a difference to the back four.

Not only does he play with real composure, but his work in possession is equally as impressive. But perhaps one of his most important skills is the art of communication.

Where the press box is situated at Huish Park, you could hear him constantly talking to his team-mates telling them who was over their shoulder in an attempt to keep them organised.

There were no nervous moments and it was a performance of real high calibre. When you have had three results like Notts have had, the ability to add such calmness in the face of pressure is a brilliant quality with which to be blessed.

As the age-old adage goes, it's good to talk.


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