TO RE­SPOND

NOTTS COUNTY..1 Flynn is ready for Bees

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Mor­gan

DON­CASTER’S pro­mo­tion party may have been put on ice, but man­ager Brian Flynn has backed his side to re­spond in the only fash­ion ac­cept­able next week­end in what will be a sea­son-defin­ing 90 min­utes.

Although hind­sight is a beau­ti­ful thing, a win for Rovers would have kept them top of League One and need­ing only a point to seal au­to­matic pro­mo­tion away at pro­mo­tion-ri­vals Brent­ford next Satur­day.

But Joss Labadie’s first-half free­kick, his first goal since be­ing re­called from a loan spell at Torquay, en­sured an in­stant re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship for Flynn’s men will be de­cided on the fi­nal day.

And de­spite be­moan­ing pos­si­bly the worst first-half per­for­mance he has seen in his man­age­rial role at the Keep­moat Sta­dium, Flynn is adamant there will be no such re­peat in a week’s time.

“The sec­ond half was a lot bet­ter, although any­thing would have been bet­ter than the firsthalf per­for­mance,” said Flynn.

“I thought that was the worst 45 min­utes since I’ve been the man­ager that we have pro­duced and it was not the time to do that.

“It was the last home game which made the at­mos­phere great, the keeper made a cou­ple of good saves and it wasn’t to be for us but now we have to go to Brent­ford and get a re­sult there.

“I al­ways thought that it would go down to the Brent­ford game and I would have taken that when I took over. It has turned into a 90 minute sea­son, that’s what it is next week.

“We will re­cover from this, we will come in on Mon­day morn­ing and we will be bright and sharp and we will be ready to go to Brent­ford on Satur­day. We can’t change things now, what is done is done.”

County started well as Neil Sul­li­van com­fort­ably dealt with Alan Judge’s eighth-minute strike but the veteran keeper was help­less six min­utes later when Labadie’s fierce strike flew past him from range.

Dean Fur­man saw his header ruled out for off­side soon af­ter and County keeper Fabian Spiess had to deny both John Lund­stram and Paynter be­fore the break.

Af­ter a tena­cious sec­ond-half, Paynter had a great chance to grab a draw with 14 min­utes left af­ter he rounded Speiss but with the goal gap­ing Krys­tian Pearce got back to clear his ef­fort to safety.

And County man­ager Chris Ki­womya re­vealed his joy at see­ing his side prove they are now ca­pa­ble of grind­ing out re­sults in dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios – a sign of pro­gres­sion un­der his rule.

“I think four weeks ago I think we lose this game but here we saw a team and ev­ery­one of them bat­tling for each other,” said Ki­womya. “Ev­ery­body played their part and that is the most pleas­ing part.

“We came here and in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances we’ve won the match, not drawn, but won it and we could have scored more at the end on the counter at­tack.

“I saw him [Joss Labadie] shoot­ing a few weeks ago and I’m sur­prised how well he hits the ball and that was a great goal. Joss can do that and he needs to keep im­prov­ing and mov­ing on from there. This win taught me we can win ugly.” JEAN-YVES Mvoto’s dra­matic stop­page-time win­ner en­sured Old­ham’s League One sur­vival at the ex­pense of Craw­ley Town’s play-off hopes amid joy­ous scenes at Boundary Park and si­lenced boss Lee John­son.

Mvoto pounced just sec­onds from the fi­nal whis­tle af­ter hon­ours had looked des­tined to end even with Mark Con­nolly can­celling out Matt Smith’s classy opener with 13 min­utes re­main­ing.

But the burly French de­fender had other ideas – de­fy­ing man­ager John­son’s de­mand for his de­fend­ers to stay at home for a late free­kick – and head­ing home leav­ing the boss to look back on hav­ing steered the club to safety by tak­ing 14 points from his eight games in charge.

“It wasn’t vin­tage but the lads have put in two mon­u­men­tal per­for­mances over the last week,” John­son said.“They stuck to the game plan and we were pretty sound de­fen­sively all game. I didn’t want our de­fend­ers to go for­ward for the cor­ner at the end but scor­ing the win­ner is the best way to shut your man­ager up.

“We have been on a good run and it is fan­tas­tic that we are safe now. I am really proud of the play­ers and pleased for the club that we have stayed up and hopefully we can kick on.”

Smith should have done bet­ter than to head over

PARTY POOPER: Joss Labadie (C) of Notts County scores the only goal of the game KRYST

IAN PEARC

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WIN­NER: Jean-Yves Mvoto of Old­ham

JEAN-YVES

MVOTO

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