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Match Reaction: Notts County 1-1 Forest Green Rovers, Saturday 7 October 2017


Joe Jones

Notts County have somehow claimed a point from the jaws of defeat on Saturday as their League Two game with Forest Green Rovers ended all square at Meadow Lane.

The division's bottom side took the lead on the half-hour mark through Omar Bugiel and held on until the sixth minute of injury time, when Rob Milsom nodded home for a final score of 1-1.

The result means that Magpies have slipped to second in League Two, with Exeter City reclaiming top spot.

Here is what the Notts boss, some of the players and several fans had to say following the game.

Kevin Nolan

"I'm relieved. Fair play to the lads, they persevered and got their rewards in the end with a well-worked goal.

"I don't think we turned up today, which is disappointing. A lot of lads didn't have one of their better days but the togetherness they showed got us over the line and earned a point, which they can take a massive lift from.

"A lot of people would have been coming here today expecting us to win 3-0 or 4-0 but this is a very tough league and anyone can beat anyone.

"We weren't great – we know that – but we kept ourselves in the game and put the chance away when it came to turn a defeat into a point.

"I'm frustrated because I know we are a lot better than what we've shown today but when you score in the 94th minute, it shows the lads have an inner steel about them and I am delighted with that."

Rob Milsom

"It was an important goal and we needed it because we didn't have the best of performances. I'm glad we've got something out of the game.

"We rightly got a kick up the backside at half-time because it wasn't good enough in the first half.

"We've set ourselves standards now and we can't drop off. We had a poor result last weekend and needed to make amends today.

"We weren't brilliant in the second half either but we kept going and hopefully that point can mean something come the end of the season."

The players on social media

 

 

The Notts fans (from the FGR match discussion)

Allardycestash: We just got everything all wrong, Kevin Nolan has tough decisions to make about a select few players who so far do not warrant a starting position at all.

Upthepies: It was a frustrating game against Forest Green. I was impressed by how good they looked on the ball, very calm and collected within their passing. If anything I am annoyed that Notts looked like the side struggling for form and after the Mansfield game I expected better. I am sure Kevin Nolan will correct the performances but even the basics we failed with yesterday. 1-1 against them is not worth celebrating at all.

Liampie: I thought we looked worse than we did during any point of last season. What was with the passing and defending? every time we looked able to get back level, someone would lose the ball or give it a way poorly. the defending was awful because nobody really did it.

DangerousSausage: FGR played some nice football and looked a good footballing side, but that doesn't get you far if your defence switches off at crucial moments. A glance at the table suggests this wasn't the first time either. It's a shame we didn't ask more questions of their defence before the 96th minute.

Chris: I have to give FGR credit, they played well and looked a capable side. Their midfield made it very difficult and did well at pressing us back. I was very disappointed with the lack of marking and responsibility in terms of defending. They was there for the taking to be honest (as we seen in the second half) but we just performed badly. Very dire performance, and I felt the referee was very poor.

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I'm relieved. Fair play to the lads, they persevered and got their rewards in the end with a well-worked goal.

I am sure they did, but no, no they didn't.

Reward for playing poorly? I think we robbed Forest Green.

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