Sunday Mirror - - FOWLER ROBBIE - By STEVE STAMMERS at Broad­hall Way

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

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