Notts County and Torquay United played out a goalless draw at Meadow Lane last weekend. Credit: Michael Callander

By Francis Moore

Magpies boss Neal Ardley wants to see an improvement in front of goal, after his side’s stalemate against Torquay.

The draw against Torquay saw County drop out of the play-off places, as Wednesday night’s opponents Solihull Moors moved up to seventh in the league.

Both sides registering a clean sheet means the Magpies have only scored two goals in their past five fixtures.

Ardley raised his concerns after seeing his side fail to score last weekend.

“I thought we lacked quality, particularly in the final third and I have to give Torquay some credit because they defended extremely hard, as far as their work ethic throughout midfield and wide players is concerned, they limited the space we had to work in.”

“When you keep a clean sheet, if you have that little bit of quality in the final third, you can nick those important games 1-0 and unfortunately we didn’t.”

Whilst the goals may have dried out for Notts, the defence seems to have taken a step up.

The Magpies have conceded the joint lowest goals in the league, and Neal Ardley sees that as something to build upon.

“We were free flowing but conceding more than we wanted and now we’re not scoring quite as many as we want to and we’re looking really good at the back, so if we can just get that balance right we can be a force to be reckoned with.”

Notts County’s next game comes on Wednesday night as they host Solihull Moors at Meadow Lane, knowing a win will move them into a playoff spot.

The fixture was reversed and pushed back by a day on Monday night, as Moors raised concerns about the impact of the weekend’s snow on their pitch at Damson Park.