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Notts County 1 - 2 Walsall

Joe Jones

And so our hoodoo against Walsall at Meadow Lane continues, although it didn't have to be in such unfortunate and controversial circumstances.

After making a poor start and conceding a goal early on, Garry Thompson pulled it back, only to then lose it when a penalty that shouldn't have been was conceded and duly converted by the Saddlers to secure a 2-1 win.


The game began in lively fashion when Tom Bradshaw found himself nearly put through on goal after just four minutes, but the move was aborted for offside.

Moments later, Haydn Hollis flicked the ball towards Michael Petrasso, who found his header saved.

Stephen McLaughlin and Liam Noble added several more chances in the ensuing minutes, but sadly, the deadlock would be broken by the visitors when Gary Jones accidentally put the ball into his own net.

In the 26th minute, Thompson threatened when his shot forced a save out of Richard O'Donnell, but he went one better just after the half-hour mark when McLaughlin's ball into the box was converted by the former Scunthorpe and Bradford man.

The Walsall keeper then did his best impression of Manuel Neuer when, on 37 minutes, he ran out of his box and headed the ball away.

Towards the latter stages of the first half, the game heated up as both teams registered several good chances, but ultimately, the break whistle blew on a 1-1 draw.

Walsall were on top in the early stages of the second period, but the manner in which they went back into the lead was contentious, as Hollis was judged to have handled in the penalty box, despite being just out.

Nevertheless, the referee, whose display in charge had been a bit iffy at best until that point, gave the spot kick, and Tom Bradshaw duly tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

The Magpies struggled to impose themselves back into the game after that, and after a few limp chances towards the end of the match, the final whistle signaled an end to the contest and to Notts County's unbeaten run.

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All good runs come to an end and in the first half I could see how dangerous County are breaking, especially down the right. A lot made of the penalty decision but from our position level with the penalty box it looked inside. The ref was in a pretty good position. The disappointment for us  was that Tom Bradshaw was given NO protection whatsover from the ref regarding your bearded centre back who had his arm and elbow in Tom's face the majority of the second half. Its a wonder he has any teeth left after that battering!

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I was impressed with how bright and direct Walsall started. That said, some players appeared to have issues staying on their feet, nobody could go near Bradshaw (this isn't me being bitter). Chambers for Walsall dominated, he really contributed to their play going forward but Notts never really looked clinical when it came to their finishing.

If we had, I feel we would have draw or won.

Good points picked up by Walsall.

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Notts took their goal well. Great cross which set up the goal. Richard O'Donnell made two vital saves especially the one he push round the post towards the end.

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it would have been good to see us finish half the chances we created, walsall did not really do that but played well. our finishing let us down, as did the crosses. we move on tho, onwards and upwards.

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We will dust ourselves off and continue our march, it will not effect us in the slightest. Even if we dont start a new undefeated run, we shall be in and around a good position come the end of the year. Nowhere near the relegation zone!

Well played Walsall for taking home the points.

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Slight disappointment in the loss. Although, for a change, it hasn't ruined my life :-)


Just as we could have moved up a little and pulled a small gap from them below us, we go and let ourselves down.


Still its not a problem, we had to lose at some stage. Hopefully the team will spur themselves on and start a new run. Starting with the FA Cup on Sunday.


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