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Match Reaction: 'Automatic promotion still not out of the question for Notts County'

Joe Jones

Notts County have taken another giant step towards sealing a League Two playoff place with a 3-1 win at Colchester United.

The U's had taken the lead after just nine minutes through Drey Wright at the Weston Homes Community Stadium before John McGreal’s side hit the post early after the break.

However, the Magpies stormed back in the second half as Jonathan Forte, Shola Ameobi and Richard Duffy sealed a memorable comeback for Kevin Nolan's side.

Tom Eastman hit the post for Colchester but Notts hung on to claim a comeback victory that sees them sit four points off the automatic promotion spots

Here is some of the post-match reaction from the events in Essex.

Kevin Nolan

"We had a few choice words at half-time. I just feel we didn't match the high standards we set last week.

"I challenged them to get back to that level as quickly as possible and show the togetherness, character and spirit they've shown all season.

"We were lucky to get in at 1-0 but I thought the goals we scored were fantastic and they came at the right time.

"The lads' character was absolutely brilliant in the second half and I thought we were well-deserved winners."

Richard Duffy

“We were not good in the first half to say the least and we didn’t do what we were told to do.

“We have instructions and things on the board which tells us what we need to do to win games and we didn’t do any of it.

“They hit the post early doors in the second half but apart from that and when we scored the goal, there was only going to be one team who won it.

“I’ve seen the manager angrier but he said what he thought and I don’t think anybody could disagree with him.

“He walked out and the lads got together and had a quick chat. We got some more instructions and gladly we came out and put in a performance.

“We had intent, we got it forward and we won a lot more second balls. The back four got up and in the first half we didn’t do that.

“They found pockets and were playing through us and big Adam Collin made a fantastic save to keep it at 1-0.

“If you are not playing well being a goal down allows you to regroup at half-time and you go again. That’s what we did and we scored three good goals.”


The Black & White Army

Dave Woolley: Absolutely wonderful 2nd half well done again JF 3 in 2 games ! That’s a strikers return.... fantastic.

Mariusz Cwiklinski: Well, looks like Forte is taking his long overdue chance, good lad 😉

Tracy Rigby: 👏🏻👏🏻⚫️⚪️👏🏻👏🏻

Mark Rogers: Automatic promotion still not out of the question COYPs 😀

Neale Tristram: Top result after a nervous first half 👍

Andrew Rayson: Well done Notts, and well done Nolan for sticking to what worked the previous week for once. It is actually really refreshing to have reason to hand out praise all round for a change...Those on here who constantly disagree with me enough to mock me and doubt my support for the team; read the above Carefully.

Christopher Key: Up a place to 4th! Really happy with that.

Claire N Shane Wigley: Backto winning ways Mr Nolan

David Skelding: Great team spirit to turn that around! Let's get that play-off spot in the bag!

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