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Manager George Elokobi sees Maidstone United concede their 100th National League goal this season as Notts County win 5-2 at the Gallagher Stadium

George Elokobi saw the same old mistakes as Maidstone conceded their 100th league goal this season.

Notts County’s 5-2 win at the Gallagher Stadium on Saturday brought up a century in the goals against column.

Maidstone United manager George Elokobi. Picture: Steve Terrell
Maidstone United manager George Elokobi. Picture: Steve Terrell

The manner of the defeat, with United fighting back from three down before crumbling again, left the manager bitterly disappointed.

Maidstone have gone 24 games - more than half a season - without a win, while Elokobi’s 18 matches in charge have produced only four points.

Officially relegated three weeks ago, they’re 25 points adrift going into the final weekend of the season.

The Stones conceded a series of terrible goals as Notts went 3-0 up through Cedwyn Scott and a Jim O’Brien double.

Roarie Deacon and George Fowler - named supporters’ player-of-the-season before kick-off - got Maidstone back in the game and Notts were on the ropes for a spell.

It was good while it lasted but United shot themselves in the foot again as a Ruben Rodridgues free-kick and O’Brien’s penalty saw Notts pull clear.

County’s win wasn’t enough to take the National League title to the final day of the season, though, with Wrexham beating Boreham Wood 3-1 in the evening kick-off.

Elokobi has vowed to fix Maidstone’s problems.

“I’m bitterly disappointed,” he said.

“Yes, it’s Notts County but how many times are we going to keep doing it to ourselves as a group?

“Making basic mistakes after mistakes, keep giving two-goal leads to good teams?

“And when you do that, you’ve got an uphill battle to climb.

“I keep saying it, we are where we are for these basic reasons.

“It’s about taking ownership and making sure we play within the team structure and not doing our own thing.

“It’s important that we learn and we haven’t learned all season and we keep getting punished by good sides.

“Yes, we got back into the game in the second half and gave our fans something to cheer.

“However, we pressed the self-destruct button again.

“You know, it’s my job to fix it and I will fix it.”

Elokobi felt Maidstone gave Notts too much respect as they sat off and let the visitors dictate in the first half.

They showed what was possible when they got after them in the second half and nearly made it 3-3 when Sam Bone hit the bar.

Elokobi said: “They’ve earned the right to be respected.

“But I’ve always said to our group when you cross this white line you do not show a lot of respect.

“We have to compete and the time that we competed and we started putting in tackles and winning first phases and then being on the front foot, putting balls in behind, we started hurting their defence.

“We saw that in the second half, especially when young Nathan Jeche came on, ran in behind, being physical with their defenders and they didn’t like it.

“No defenders like to face their own goal and that’s exactly how we got our joy in spells, we kept the ball, we passed it and then we hit the crossbar and we just let them have a foothold in the game again by giving them another goal, and this is where we are.

“Credit to Notts County and we wish them all the very best in their chase for promotion but we’ve got to look at ourselves as a group and make sure we recover.

“We talk about things. I’ve been honest with the group in there from day one.”

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