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Northen Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll ready for a rest after two games in two days

Roy Carroll admitted he will "probably sleep for the next two days" after playing two games in fewer than 24 hours this weekend.

The Notts County goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in the Magpies' 1-0 win at Coventry on Saturday afternoon after jetting back from Romania, where he starred for Northern Ireland in their European Championship qualifying defeat on Friday night.

Former Manchester United keeper Carroll reportedly caught a 5am flight from Romania and drove himself to the Ricoh Arena to complete a trip of close to 1700 miles to help Shaun Derry's side claim three points, thanks in part to Garry Thompson's 72nd-minute winner.  

Carroll, who spent five years away from the English game with spells in Denmark and Greece prior to joining County in the summer, was happy to make the epic journey to repay Derry for the opportunity he has been given at Meadow Lane.

"For me, playing for Notts County back in the English league is fantastic," the 37-year-old told Magpies Player.

"In the summer nobody was interested in me and Shaun Derry gave me a chance to come back to England and it’s a great pleasure for me to come back here and play for Notts County.

“I think I had about two or three hours sleep but for me it’s always the next day, two days after the game, and I think I’m going to feel it for the next two days so I’ll probably sleep for the next two days!”

Chairman Ray Trew hailed Carroll's commitment to the County cause: "I can’t praise Roy highly enough. What he did went well above the call of duty, but epitomised everything that is right about Notts County at the moment.


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