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OLD against new at the Lamex Stadium. History came with Notts County, the oldest professional club in the Football League. Stevenage represented the modern era – in just their eighth season as a league club.
The result was stalemate. County’s bombardment of the Stevenage goal should have brought a winner.
“We could well have won it,” said Kevin Nolan, at 35 one of the youngest managers in the country and charged with lifting the club, whose colours inspired the kit of Juventus, back to a higher level.
One consolation for Nolan – his men stayed top of the fourth tier despite the surrender of two points. And he had nothing but praise for their efforts.
“Back in March, we lost 3-0 here,” said Nolan. “We capitulated. Now we have the mentality to get back in the game.”
Nolan knows what it takes to win promotion, as he showed at West Ham. He feels his current squad have that dogged, fight-to-the-end spirit needed in the months ahead.
“I am delighted with the squad – with the spirit and the togetherness,” he added. “There are a lot of games to go and there are a lot of good teams in this division.
“Let’s get to the 50-point mark and see how we go from there.”
Stevenage took the lead in the 38th minute through Dan Newton – and the warning signs had already been there for County when he hit the bar earlier in the half.
Nolan spelt out some home truths at the interval – “you don’t want to know what I said,” was the post-match offering – but it worked.
True, it needed a horror pass from Stevenage’s Jonathan Smith to set up the equaliser with Jorge Grant threading a neat ball to Elliott Hewitt to leave County dreaming of big things again – like League One. Possession 50% 50% Shots On Target 3 1 Shots Off Target 6 5 Blocked Shots 0 6 Corners 3 6 Fouls Conceded 14 10 Offsides 1 0 Yellow Cards 4 2 Red Cards 0 0
ELL OF AN EFFORT Elliott Hewitt slots home Notts County’s goal in the draw against Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium STEVENAGE NOTTS COUNTY REFEREE