Who would have thought that after last week Notts could turn in a performance like that? Admittedly Bristol City weren’t the good side they usually are and as their league position suggests but it shows what Notts can do if they work at it.
Dearden chose not to include any youngsters in the starting XI, but instead had Willis Francis and Shaun Harrad on the bench. He also made some changes to the team that lost 3-2 to Mansfield. Simon Ramsden was left out and Paul Bolland was played at right-back. Allsopp was missing because of his injury and Heffernan and Michael Brough started in place of those two.
Ian Baraclough shot over for the Magpies before Steve Mildenhall denied danger-man Scott Murray (although, thankfully, we didn’t really see a lot of him this afternoon).
Half time came pretty quickly without anyone taking the lead in the first half. Both teams weren’t playing to their
HALF TIME: 0-0
The Magpies came out in the second half, looking like they had a point to prove and consequently set about doing it.
The pressure continued on the City goal as Notts pushed for a second goal to extend their lead.
Notts’ best move of the match was the one that created the second goal. Half the Notts team was involved in the move that lead to the goal. Stallard, Caskey and Liburd were all involved before the ball found itself to the right hand side and Paul Bolland. He crossed the ball in for Richardson to head back across goal where Paul Heffernan produced a superb driving header to put the ball in the back of the net.
Had it not been for the Notts keeper it could have finished all square at the end of the game. Mildenhall produced at least three fantastic
Another memorable one was near the end when a City player was basically clean through on goal but Mildenhall was there to save.
Later on in the game, Paul Heffernan should have been awarded a concrete penalty, which was even more obvious than the pull on Stallard. The man in the middle dismissed the appeals from the fans and players and left Dearden fuming on the touchline.
Bristol City pushed Notts back in the closing stages but the much-
FULL TIME: 2-0
So Notts came away from this match with 2 things that they really needed, a clean sheet and the 3 points. But as we have said so many times this season, it is no good winning one match and then failing to carry it on through the next few matches.
No one had a particularly bad game today (for once!) and special mentions have to go to Bolland, Stallard, Fenton, Mildenhall and Richardson who in my opinion had the better games.
Next weekend Notts face Oldham at Boundary Park and they