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Notts County 3 - 0 Bradford City

Joe Jones

Well, what better way to start the New Year than with a resounding win and a clean sheet? Notts County did what Arsenal and Aston Villa couldn’t do a year ago, by comprehensively thrashing Bradford City. The Bantams lost 3-0 in front of the Notts faithful, courtesy of goals from Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Callum McGregor and Jack Grealish.

Shaun Derry made just one change from the defeat at Crawley Town – Alan Sheehan’s suspension meant Manny Smith partnered Dean Leacock at centre-back.

The first five minutes were fairly hectic, as JCR had a chance from 20 yards, following some good work alongside McGregor. Just two minutes later, Jason Kennedy struck a shot for Bradford which was saved by Bartosz Bialkowski.

On 12, Smith bravely denied James Hanson a certain goal-scoring opportunity with a defensive header, while two minutes later, Enoch Showunmi’s shot was way off the mark.

Notts old-boy Ricky Ravenhill was then denied by another block not long afterwards.

Eventually, the Magpies took the lead, as a great individual goal from JCR saw the winger cut back inside from the left and firing into the bottom left corner. 1-0 Notts.

That wasn’t it from Notts in the first half – Showunmi very nearly set a great chance up on a plate for McGregor, were it not from an interception by Matthew Bates.

After the break, Notts picked up where they left off, with the front line constantly threatening the Bantams defence.

It wasn’t until the 68th minute that Bart was tested, but as always, the Polish keeper was able to make an acrobatic save to thwart a Gary Jones free kick.

Shortly afterwards, Bart then denied Mark Yeates and Kyel Ried with more brilliant saves.

Notts weren’t to be sucker-punched this time round, as a late flurry saw them turn a narrow scoreline into an emphatic one.

Firstly, Jack Grealish’s great run saw him slice open the Bradford defence, before turning provider and feeding the ball to McGregor. The young Scot made no mistake from the right-hand side of the box.

The young Aston Villa loanee, not content with a great performance and assist, then proceeded to bag himself a goal in injury time, courtesy of some great work by Showunmi.

Just when it seemed that we were down in the doldrums, Notts just won’t give it up. Though still in the bottom four, we’re just three points from safety, and I tell you what, the whole bottom half is as tight as can be – five points separate 21st place from 12th place!

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It looked like whoever scored first would win, although it did seem likely to be a draw. I was concerned that Bradford would get the first goal if any was scored, so my delight was obvious when JCR put the ball into their net. Fantasic game and one you've sadly missed again Joe! 4-0 and now 3-0, you should miss more!

No it wasn't the same without you bud.

Good Match Report!

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Thanks guys!

I have some bad news in the sense of match days - because I'm now working as a football reporter for Sports Mole, chances are they'll want me to do plenty of match days, and as luck would have it, Notts play during conventional match days. So I may not make as many Notts games as I previously managed.

However, I'll still continue to do the wall during match days (today may have been a bit off but it was my very first shift so it'll get easier to juggle everything as I get up to speed), not to mention the match reports, alumni etc. I will also make a massive effort to post more on the forum itself, which I have previously neglected.


This is an exciting time for PoN and I WILL be a part of it, I promise y'all! 

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Fantastic result but nothing like as easy as your report makes it sound in my opinion. For 20 mins in the second half we were very poor and at 1-0 it was basically Bart v Bradford (with honourable mention for Manny Smith).

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Seems to sum the game up well to be fair, I have read the Official report and it makes us seem far more superior than this one. The NEP published an horrible report, not very detailed at all but I find Joe Jones reports to be very enjoyable.

After the previous few especially! Thanks

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