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Kevin Nolan: 'Referee in Notts v Crawley game simply wasn't good enough'


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Kevin Nolan has criticised referee Scott Oldham for his officiating in Notts County's 2-1 defeat to Crawley Town, insisting "he simply wasn't good enough".

Tuesday's rescheduled League Two game proved another forgettable evening for the Magpies as they ended the game pointless and down to nine men.

Matty Virtue was sent off for a second yellow card before Ross Fitzsimons lashed out at a Crawley player for a red card and a penalty which was converted by Harry Kewell's side.

“I was angry for all the wrong reasons,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post after the game.

“I was very disappointed to lose the game and when you look back, it’s the little decisions that referees get wrong are costing us at the minute.

“One of those was Matty Virtue’s yellow card. It’s not a yellow – everybody can see it.

“The lad has won the ball cleanly. Then for the second red, it’s a goal kick and not a corner.

“But listen I am not going to try to look after Ross Fitzsimons in this because we all take accountability for our own actions.

“It has cost us a point, but if it’s a goal kick then it doesn’t happen.

“But I’ve said to the lads that to suffer back to back defeats for the first time this season shows how far we have come.

“I am delighted with that. I don’t want to keep harping on about referees but he simply wasn’t good enough to referee this game.”

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Lol thats the Exeter game and now the Crawley game you've blamed the ref, just face it Kevin Nolan your team aren't good enough and the league 2 form table shows it and worryingly for you most teams have not just 1 but 2 games in hand over you which if results go against you, you can find yourself dropping out of the play offs and I hope you do because for a long time I've wondered how Notts County have stayed in the top 3, especially after we beat you comfortably 3-0 in first game of the season at The Ricoh. 

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4 hours ago, Skyblue76 said:

Lol thats the Exeter game and now the Crawley game you've blamed the ref, just face it Kevin Nolan your team aren't good enough and the league 2 form table shows it and worryingly for you most teams have not just 1 but 2 games in hand over you which if results go against you, you can find yourself dropping out of the play offs and I hope you do because for a long time I've wondered how Notts County have stayed in the top 3, especially after we beat you comfortably 3-0 in first game of the season at The Ricoh. 

And you came here to say this because?

Football is beyond rivalry, though it seems that your a little jealous and envious of our success. Hard work got us to the top, we adjusted and bounced back after losing to you. I thought back then you'd storm the league and, I wished you well (this is football).

Your attitude comes across of that of someone who expects and is self-entitled.

PS. I agree with your points on Kevin Nolan accepting decisions from match officials, the rest is just bitter and uncalled for. Who said there's no such thing as a poor winner?

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please lets not give this sky blue troll any attention, chris has summed it up.

kn is under pressure due to failing to reach his own standards as of late, return to 4-4-2 and we will be fine. we should not worry what other clubs fans should think.

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