Buoyant mood around Meadow Lane

Boosting spirits: Forte has helped to lift the mood with a hat-trick.
A second win on the bounce through a 4-0 trouncing of Barnet on their home turf has dramatically lifted confidence in the Notts camp and restored hope in supporters.

Just over a week ago, everyone was miserable on the back of three consecutive defeats, with no light shining at the end of the tunnel.

The FA Cup tie with non-league outfit, Sutton United appeared to be just what the team needed to get back on track.

Nobody could have expected what was to follow this weekend, especially when considering County's somewhat horrendous away record over the past few years.

One man that made a significant difference was on-loan striker, Jonathan Forte, who earned himself the match ball by grabbing a hat-trick in his first 45 minutes for the club.

The Scunthorpe United man could not hide his delight after the game when speaking to the club's official website.

He declared: "I'm going to get this ball framed and signed by all the lads."

"I'm delighted, it is a dream come true for me really to score three in my first game.

"I'm very proud, and the first half was awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"Some days the chances go in, some days they don't - and it was just a great day.

"I'm already very happy here, and I now I want to keep on doing well for the team.

"It's my first hat-trick as a pro, and my only other one was for Sheffield United's Youth Team against Sheffield Wednesday. This is the 'one' though, doing it in a proper game.

"The lads must all take the credit, the defence were superb and the midfielders were awesome and put some great balls in for me. Delroy alongside me was superb too."

Ian McParland was full of praise for his latest recruit, but focused his attention on his team's defensive display.

"It's fantastic young Jonathan got his hat-trick but the most pleasing thing for me is that we have had two clean sheets from two away games and long may it continue," he said to the Nottingham Evening Post.

"Russell Hoult didn't have to make any great saves during the game but he was our best player even though Jonathan got his hat-trick because everything he did was excellent.

Left-back, Paul Mayo was also delighted to have kept a second clean sheet in a row, but stated to Magpie World: "I think the difference was the strikers today."

"They had a few efforts early on, but at three-nil it was game over really - I couldn't see them getting back in.

"I thought Jonathan [Forte] was a real handful today. We played a little more direct and it seemed to pay dividends for us.

"At times this season we've tried to score the perfect goal and thread it through really small gaps, but that was a bit different today.

"Maybe we need to add a bit of that to our game, because it caused them a

Furious: Fairclough was angry with his team's defending in the first half.
few problems.

"If we start mixing things up - I don't mean going long ball all the time, but certainly there's times like today that it really paid off for us."

Barnet boss, Paul Fairclough blasted his side's handling of the Magpies' attacks, but believed the game could have been level at the break.

"It was a torrid first half. I'm not going to blame the back four, but, as a team, we defended very poorly. It was schoolboy defending. You can't defend the way we did and expect to win games at any level," he declared to the Barnet Times.

"There was so much optimism before the game. The players were in as good a mood as I have ever seen them. They were very focussed, determined to change our home form. We were all very much up for the game.

"It's stupid, but it could have been 4-4 at half-time. We had chances. It's the centimetres in football that count. Adam Birchall was centimetres away on two occasions and Nicky Nicolau was centimetres away on another."