Alan Devonshire described Saturday’s first-half display against Salford City as the side’s ‘worst of the season’, but he hopes they’ll learn from it and use it to motivate them for Saturday’s visit of second-placed Leyton Orient, say The Maidenhead Advertiser.

Orient were deposed at the top of the table by Salford on Saturday, and Devonshire was disappointed with the way his players stood off Graham Alexander’s men in the first 30 minutes.

Having travelled the length and breadth of the country to play at Barrow and Chesterfield, the Magpies were understandably sluggish in the first half as Scott Wiseman and Adam Rooney scored to put Salford firmly in control.

Devonshire refused to blame the travel for the performance, but he is looking forward to spending less time on the team bus between now and Christmas.

“We were really poor,” he said. “That’s the worst 45 minutes we’ve had this season.”

“They’re a good side but we just didn’t get close. We didn’t play with the intensity we’ve managed in recent weeks and we let ourselves down.

“We were better in the second half and, if we’d scored in the first 15 minutes of the half, we might have seen a better outcome.”

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