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Match Reaction: 'Same predictable stuff by Notts County in Wycombe stalemate'

Joe Jones

Notts County have missed out on the chance to gain ground on the top three in League Two as they were held to a goalless draw by Wycombe Wanderers in Good Friday's match at Meadow Lane.

The Chairboys came to NG2 very much intent on leaving with a point and the Magpies could not break their defence down in an uninspiring, rain-sodden encounter which saw Kevin Nolan sent to the stands by referee Ben Toner.

How did the Notts contingent react to the events in the game and the result? Here is a collection of post-match reaction from Pride of Nottingham.

Kevin Nolan (official Notts site)

"We certainly got a response from last weekend. The lads were disappointed with what happened but the response since then has been magnificent, as it always has been when we have had that type of performance.

"We could have put them under a bit more pressure, I thought we could have done a lot more in possession and in the final third.

"We had the better chances but Wycombe came with a game plan which worked really well.

"We've been fantastic all season and will continue to work hard. We have six games left and we have to get as many points on the board as possible to keep the momentum going.

"Wycombe are the best team away from home in the league for a reason and you saw that today. They don't give you an inch.

"We're disappointed but this point could go a long way come the end of the season."

Kevin Nolan (Nottingham Post)

“It was laughable and he sent me off for waving my arms. When the penalty was not given all I heard the fourth official say was that ‘he has to go the stands’.

“I think he was looking for a bit of a name for himself because he sent Kevin Nolan to the stands. That’s how I’ve seen it because he was very arrogant all day.

“They just haven’t managed the situation and when you’ve got two teams who are playing for something, you’ve got to send the best referee. He was by far not the best referee they could have sent for this game.

“Something has to be done because they (referees) have cost us a lot of points and four or five penalties which are blatant.

“They are not ones that are debatable. How many times can I keep accepting it?”

Shaun Brisley (OS)

"It was frustrating. Wycombe came here with a game plan, stuck to it well and took the rhythm out of our play. We were good out of possession but didn't have that edge in the final third.

"They are the best team away from home in the league so we respect the draw. It's a point gained which is nothing to get down about."

The Black & White Army

Kieran Shaw: We were poor, no idea why everyone is blaming the ref, the only thing he got wrong was the ‘foul’ on the Wycombe goalkeeper

Magpie Moomin: Don't matter who is on the bench the ref was w**k he was never going to give us anything full stop when you get two stonewall penalties and not given come on wtf is the ref on ffs

Ken Carter: It boils down to carrying the 4 midfield players. We don't have any creativity and we can't win a second ball. Yates has been a massive miss.

Michael Rimmingtom: The game was what I expected two teams with something to play for but when is the football league going to do something regarding the standard of referring in this division this bloke today was out of his depth and this standard of referring is not only costing Notts dearly but no doubt other clubs as well.

Tony Guy: Apart from the referee spoiling the flow of the game, not awarding two clear penalties, see the free kicks he gave, we just do not create enough chances. 5 shots in 90 minutes is not good enough but would have settled for a point before the game given both teams recent form. Acc Monday! COYPS

Steven Taberham: Same predictable stuff from Notts. While we continue to persist in playing route one to two slow forwards (Ameobi looked knackered as he walked up the tunnel) and with no real creative midfielders, teams will know exactly how to deal with us. Such a shame the management can't see what is obvious to all the fans. Play offs at best

Jay Dalton: defensive we were solid I'll take a draw for this it was a tough game and again where do the fa get these officials from shocking

Weston John Pegg: Its about time we got a striker way overdue. Players can’t take the pressures.

Lewis Swinson: It was a great game, played well defensive looked a lot stronger than last week but the ref was an complete k**bhead, wrong decisions all game, something needs to be done

Simon Staples: Wycombe’s game plan was to spoil and win free kicks so they could pump the ball up to Akinfenwa. Notts tried to play around them but the ref did not support them and was suckered by their play acting.

Rob Matchett: Wasn’t a bad game in all fairness. Two teams at the top was a good battle. The way people on here go on they would think they were expecting to watch Barcelona...

Aidan Huckle: Far too predictable, was not the worst performance, just no where near county's best.

Alan Turner: They came to spoil, as we have only one game plan, and no one to change it. Need a forward bad.

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Lack of a goal scorer is going to cost us i cannot see where we are going to get a win from .Far too reliant on Stead and Amobi who are far too slow and predictable .lack of investment by Hardy is going to keep us in Div2

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