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Shaun Derry praises Notts County strike duo

1 October 2014

Notts County boss Shaun Derry suspects he has a productive strike partnership on his hands.

County were 3-0 winners at Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday and it was front pair Jake Cassidy and Shaun Harrad that did the damage.

On-loan Wolves frontman Cassidy scored twice and Harrad netted for the first time since returning to the club he started his career at 12 years ago.

Derry admitted: "I don't think there is a happier man than me as Shaun has been absolutely fantastic since the moment he walked into the club. He settled in straight away and he is now developing into the player we know he can be.

"Jake and him have a little partnership there which looks very nice for us."

Harrad twice went close in the first half as County dominated. The experienced frontman was at full pelt as he arrowed an effort the wrong side of the post and then he reacted the quickest after Ben Garratt spilt Cassidy's fierce low drive, but scooped the ball over the bar.

But a minute before the interval County were breaching the ranks of the worst defence in The Football League as Cassidy made the most of the generous space afforded him to swivel on Garry Thompson's cut-back from the right wing and tuck a low, left-footed finish into the bottom corner.

Thompson was the provider again when he slipped the ball inside for Harrad to hammer a deflected shot past Garratt after 51 minutes.

And when Crewe were caught on the break, Cassidy was on hand to steer Liam Noble's cross over the line from close range 10 minutes later.

"It was probably the most comfortable of games we've had this season, but the lads made sure it was a night I enjoyed by their efforts," added Derry, whose side have now climbed to 10th.

"It's a great platform for us. I've tried to make us harder to beat and that is something we can build on.

"I asked them to be ruthless and they've done just that."

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