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Match Reaction: Notts County 3-2 Oxford City, Saturday 2 December 2017

Joe Jones

Notts County have won a place in the hat for the third round of the FA Cup after a last-ditch 3-2 win over Oxford City in Saturday's second-round clash at Meadow Lane.

The Magpies took the lead in the first half when Carl Dickinson's cross was headed across the face of goal by Shaun Brisley and, with Oxford failing to clear their lines, Richard Duffy bundled home from point-blank range.

Early in the second half, the non-league side struck an equaliser as Zac McEachran’s cross found Rob Sinclair on the edge of the box, who fired low into the corner of the Notts net.

However, they were not level for long as, just three minutes later, Freddie Grant scythed down Terry Hawkridge in the box to give away a penalty, Jon Stead stepping up and confidently rifling low into the bottom corner.

Notts were then pegged back again on 73 minutes when McEachran sent a low cross the way of Matt Paterson, who curled a neat effort into the top corner beyond Ross Fitzsimons.

In the fourth minute of injury time, substitute Jonathan Forte's header was parried by Stevens into the path of Jorge Grant, who slotted home on the rebound to put Notts in the third round of the competition.

How did the Notts fans, players and manager react to the win and the place in round three? Here's a compilation of post-match reaction from Pride of Nottingham.

Kevin Nolan

"I'm very relieved and rightly so because weren't up to scratch today. Oxford City came with a great gameplan and stuck to it, which knocked us out of our stride a bit.

"But the resilience, togetherness and camaraderie the lads showed to score a last-minute winner again is absolutely fantastic and great testament to how far they have come in a short space of time.

"We weren't at our normal levels today but we found a way to win, which is always a great trait to have as a team.

"Oxford City were first-class and are very unlucky to be on the losing side. They played us really well and probably deserved more, but that's the drama of the FA Cup."

Jorge Grant

"Oxford City were very good. They were always going to come here and give it 100%. They shouldn't be as low as they are in their league; they played some good football and gave us a difficult test.

"The gaffer told us to relax at half-time. They got under our skin a little in the first half; we were slashing at things and doing things we wouldn't normally do, so we had to keep our composure."

Players on social media




The Black and White Army on PON

Ell100t: Don't think we played bad, Oxford City just gave it everything - it's the FA Cup. Into the next round importantly, no reply even better! Would love a prem team at Meadow Lane or an away tie at Tottenham (just to do a Wembley trip without the ballache of a cup run/ nerves of a playoff). On a side note, the thought of ever having to let go of Jorge Grant is getting more and more difficult.

Jon Coleman: We weren’t brilliant and Oxford played well to the end lucky win but that’s the FA cup looking forward to the next round COYP

Sandra Bryan: Don't give a **** how lucky we were we are in the next round we scored a winner in injury time and iam happy with that hard luck Oxford but that's

Peter Walker: Weren't great or not very good!! Understatement we were dogs**t! Unlucky Oxford City but the dramas of the FA Cup!! 😜

James Spring: Right team won. We were far from our best and made a lot of silly errors. City had two efforts which both deflected in. They played well but we had enough chances to finish it at 2-1. As said above though, dont care how we won, we won and thats the only thing that matters

Brian Barry: We weren’t great but in fairness to Oxford they battled hard. A win is a win. Into the next round. Need a massive game against Luton.

Jasmine Victoira Cupit: The game play was not worth a win!! It was an embarasment. Oxford played that game amazing and they didn't deserve to lose!!

Alan Longstaff: Very lucky to win today, Oxford played the better football

Ian Ale Goode: We were not very good but we won so onwards and upwards

Cecil Richardson: Just papering over the cracks

Paul Ambrose: More jam than Hartley's xx😎

Jo Warsop: Oh my word!!!!! Lucky pies!!!!!! Xxx

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