Elliott Hewitt admitted Notts County’s first half performance at Stevenage “wasn’t good enough” after inspiring the Magpies to a point at the Lamex Stadium.
The Magpies had fallen behind to Danny Newton’s first half goal, having seen the striker head against the bar early on.
But Notts regrouped at the break and produced an inspired second half display as they maintained their position at the top of the League Two table.
After Hewitt had crossed for Jorge Grant to hit the bar with a volley, the midfielder scored the goal Notts deserved for their industry, finding the far corner with a sweet finish.
Boss Kevin Nolan said he felt his side dominated the second half, having confessed he was not satisfied with what he witnessed in the final stages of the opening 45 minutes.
And Hewitt conceded the Magpies were below bar at the Lamex Stadium until they were allowed to regroup at the break.
“The first half wasn’t good enough,” he admitted. “But in the second half I thought we dominated throughout.
“Maybe we deserved more, but you’ve got to respect the point away. It’s a tough place to come, as we found out last year when we lost 3-0.
“Maybe last season we would have lost that game, starting the way we did, but all the lads stuck together.
“We’ve got a really good group here and got the draw.”
Hewitt’s goal arrived in the 59th minute when a poor pass from Jack King was seized by Grant, who had the presence of mind to feed Hewitt just inside the box.
There was still plenty of work for the former Ipswich Town midfielder to do, but he opened up his body and bent a terrific shot into the far corner.
Hewitt was delighted with his goal which was his first of the season.
“Granty nicked it in midfield and we just broke on them,” he said.
“I took a touch and finished it.
“We’ve been working on the midfielders improving in front of goal in training and that’s obviously working because Yatesy (Ryan Yates) has scored four recently.
“Every Thursday we do some shooting practice and it’s about working the goalkeeper.
“Luckily my goal went in.”
Hewitt has found himself in and out of the starting 11 this term, but is currently keeping a fit-again Rob Milsom out of the team.
Since arriving at Notts in 2015, he has played in numerous positions including right-back, centre of defence, right wing and the middle of the park.
But the versatile 23-year-old is keen to tie down one position, having admitted he does not want to be a jack of all trades.
“I need to nail down one position if I’m going to kick on,” he said. “It’s something I think the gaffer wants me to do as well.
“I think versatility can also be a weakness. Sometimes you have set players who are going to play in certain positions then the utility man finds himself in and out of the team.
“I don’t want to sit on the bench – I want to be playing week in, week out.”