Ki­womya eye­ing up top half for Notts

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Tom Hold­croft

NOTTS COUNTY tore-up the form­book by hold­ing Wal­sall to a draw – and Mag­pies man­ager Chris Ki­womya be­lieves Sad­dlers’ boss Dean Smith was beg­ging for the fi­nal whis­tle.

A 74th minute equaliser from su­per sub Yoann Arquin can­celled out Ro­maine Sawyers’ opener and handed County their first point of the sea­son - end­ing the Sad­dlers’ 100 per cent start in the process.

Ki­womya said:“He’s say­ing they should have won the game. I’m say­ing – in the last ten min­utes – he’s go­ing ‘please ref, blow the whis­tle!’

“Once we got to grips with them af­ter half­time and made changes, there was only one team go­ing to win.

“We were much the bet­ter team in the sec­ond half, they were there for the tak­ing and - if the game had gone on for an­other five min­utes - we would have won.

“If I get my start­ing 11 on the pitch – and can keep them on the pitch – we can get into the top half of the ta­ble.”

Wal­sall started the match on the back of a fine start to the sea­son, with league wins over Tran­mere and Old­ham sand­wich­ing a Car­ling Cup vic­tory over Port Vale. But they needed a brace of fine saves from Richard O’Don­nell, deny­ing Joss Labadie and Cal­lum McGre­gor, to keep them on terms against the win­less Mag­pies early on.

It was the home side, how­ever, that hit the front five min­utes af­ter half­time when Ro­maine Sawyers net­ted his first goal for the club with a sub­lime curl­ing fin­ish from the edge of the box.

Craig West­carr twice wasted a golden op­por­tu­ni­ties to dou­ble the lead.

But the vis­i­tors re­grouped and lev­elled 17 min­utes from time when Arquin con­verted Alan Shee­han’s cross with a bul­let header at the back post.

Arquin net­ted with his head again in in­jury-time, only for an off­side flag to in­ter­vene.

Sad­dlers boss Dean Smith said: “Credit to them for com­ing back, but we had enough chances to go 2-0 up.We could have been out of sight and that’s dis­ap­point­ing. “Once we scored, I thought we’d go on and win it com­fort­ably be­cause we cre­ated some re­ally good op­por­tu­ni­ties and didn’t quite take them. With bet­ter fin­ish­ing we’d have killed the game off.

“There are no bad teams in this league. It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough game and we never un­der­es­ti­mated what Notts County would bring. But go­ing 1-0 up at home – and with the chances we had af­ter­wards – we should have won the game.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

STAR MAN

CAL­LUM MCGRE

GOR Notts

County

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