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Curtis Thompson: 'Notts County heads dropped when Oxford equalised'

Joe Jones

Curtis Thompson has claimed that Oxford United’s second goal proved the turning point in Notts County’s 4-2 weekend defeat at Meadow Lane, because that is when their “heads dropped”.

Liam Sercombe drew first blood with a penalty in the first half, but Jon Stead levelled on the hour.

Thompson then struck 76 minutes in to put the Magpies in the lead, but just three minutes later Alex MacDonald scored the U’s second, before late goals from Callum O'Dowda and Kemar Roofe sealed the win.

Thompson told local media: "The first half was very difficult because Oxford were the better team. They were popping the ball around and you could see why they are further up the table.

"In the second half we came out with a bit more belief and we started to get on the ball a lot more. We played with a bit more confidence and it showed because we got back into the game.

"We made it 1-1, then made changes when I came on and managed to score, which was great. We looked strong at that stage and looked the better team. But they got the second goal and from then on we switched off a bit.

"They were good goals late on, but after their equaliser our heads dropped. We lost our shape, we didn't tuck in and the discipline went.

"A lot of gaps were created which they took advantage of. But we've got to put it to the back of our minds, pick ourselves up and go again against Accrington."

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its annoying how after we scored, we just fell apart. after they equalized, i just knew we would not get anything out of the game. it was like watching it in slow motion!

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