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Match Reaction: 'Notts County deserved to beat Coventry City'


Joe Jones

Notts County returned to winning ways as Jonathan Forte's brace sealed a 2-1 victory over League Two promotion rivals Coventry City at Meadow Lane.

Pride of Nottingham-sponsored Forte broke the deadlock when he glanced in Jorge Grant's corner in the 60th minute.

Coventry equalised in the 85th minute as substitute Jordan Ponticelli deceived goalkeeper Adam Collin with a deft flick into the back of the net.

However, the Magpies responded immediately when Forte got a touch on Shola Ameobi's low cross to secure a vital three points.

Notts had not won in their last four games but victory leaves them four points off the automatic promotion spots and five ahead of their opponents, who hold the final playoff place.

How did the Notts contingent react to the win? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look.

Kevin Nolan

"The lads were terrific and got their just desserts in the end.

"The way we handled them equalising by going up the other end and producing a bit of quality for the winner was fantastic.

"I have spoken about the character of the team all season and they have shown it in abundance today.

"I'm absolutely delighted because I think we deserved the win. We were back to our old selves and it was really pleasing on the eye today.

"Our main focus is now on Colchester and replicating the performance and the result from this afternoon."

Jonathan Forte

"It's been a while but I'm happy to score some goals and get the win for the team.

"From the start of the season I have wanted to play but it's the manager's decision. You want to prove the manager that you are worthy of being in the starting line-up and hopefully I have done that.

"I think the second goal came off my heel from Shola's cutback. It was either that or miss it so I tried to wrap my foot around it to flick it in!

"Coventry are a very physical team and are good at what they do but I think we matched them. They put quite a bit of pressure on us towards the end but we held out."

Matt Tootle

Jorge Grant

The Black & White Army

Chris: Fantastic win today and, I'm pleased for Forte who has proven that he can do well. I get the feeling Kevin Nolan doesn't like quiet people, though I still suspect that his training ground work will be criticized eventually by KN. Did I expect to win Coventry City? No I didn't, yet we deserved it and I praise the way the players responded. It's a good win which gives us a strong fight to secure a playoff place! Well done Notts. COYP!

Fan of Big Tone: A great win, especially the way they scored shortly after the Coventry fans were going barmy celebrating their equaliser. They are showing the team spirit and dogged determined mentality that they had earlier in the season, I’m glad we’ve got our Notts back. This will give them confidence for the run in. Great to see Forte scoring two goals and giving KN a headache for the next match. I agree with @chris I think KN hasn’t been picking him because he is quiet but I notice KN said in the interview afterwards that he was happy to be proved wrong. Special mention also for Virtue who had his best game for Notts.

Sabretooth: Deserved the win... Coventry fans singing 'who are ya, who are ya, who are.....😭😭😭😭..' brilliant timing Mr Forte... 👍 👍 👍

Steve Campbell: Scrappy game, dug in well for the win. Good to see heads didn’t drop when they equalised at a crucial time. Well played Notts!

LadyLozClough: TOLD YOU HE SHOULD BE PLAYING! Probably off at the end of the Season and lots to prove to others. Think he’ll have the same work rate TIL then: so play him every game!

Nick Norman: I feel forte hasn't been treated fair. He's better than john dead. I've always been a fan of forte and well happy he took his chances today

Mark Connors: Great win Notts,how come there are only a handful of comments but when we lose there are tens of comments 😬

Peter Hastings: Y forte asnt been involved in team much is stupid all season he's hardly played

Dave Woolley: Any odds on Kevin reverting back to Ameobi & Stead for the last few games?

Peter Walker: Jonathan Forte is a proven goal scorer for us why does he not get more games 🤔🤔🤨

Dave Woolley: Absolutely fantastic. I am so pleased for the boy Forte.... well done 👍

Thomas George Polkey: FORTE there's only one Jonathan FORTE 😀😀

Jay Dalton: super super notts electric performance second half sheer brilliance play forte now on until end of season coyp

Rosemary Sanders: Well done you pies now keep the momentum going more wins please !!

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Love him or not JF is the only option we have with any pace...... SA & JS, although have their great attributes don’t have enough to merit being picked week in week out. Kevin called a ref arrogant a few days ago, maybe he’s been arrogant for a few months now by ignoring JF.

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