Mag­pies’ dou­ble act could be shot in arm

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Leigh Cur­tis To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

SHAUN Derry be­lieves Notts County’s as­ton­ish­ing come­back against Port Vale could be the cat­a­lyst for their quest for League One sur­vival.

The Mag­pies were 2-0 down in­side 25 min­utes, but in­cred­i­bly fought back to claim a 4-2 win which took them out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Two goals apiece for Jimmy Spencer and Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce sealed the turn­around against a Vale team which has not won away in the league since last Novem­ber.

Pay­ing trib­ute to his side, Derry said their char­ac­ter was in­stru­men­tal in over­turn­ing a deficit which left them look­ing odds on for de­feat.

“It’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic that we’ve man­aged to redeem our­selves again af­ter many people would have la­belled us dead and buried at 2-0 down,” he said.

“We al­ways knew the home games would be piv­otal for us but I never en­vis­aged it to go the way it did against Port Vale.

“But I am very thank­ful that it did. Re­ally, 2-0 is a hor­ri­ble score­line be­cause if the team who is be­hind gets the next goal, it causes all kinds of prob­lems for the team which is leading.

“So to get to 2-1 was cru­cial. But I said to the play­ers that they had to be­lieve be­cause even at 2-0 down you are not dead and buried and we proved that.”

Vale had taken the lead af­ter just 13 min­utes when Cur­tis Thomp­son headed in a free-kick be­yond his own goal­keeper af­ter Hay­den Mullins was pe­nalised for a foul on Chris Bir­chall.

The vis­i­tors then dou­bled their lead in the 24th minute when Gavin Tom­lin con­verted from close range.

But Jimmy Spencer’s deftly headed Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce’s cross be­yond Sam John­son be­fore con­vert­ing an­other cross from the winger.

Notts then made it 3-2 af­ter the break when Jack Gre­al­ish did bril­liantly to en­gi­neer space for a cross which was em­phat­i­cally met by Camp­bell-Ryce.

Af­ter Gavin Tom­lin hit the post, Camp­bel­lRyce wrapped up the win with a clin­i­cal fin­ish.

“I think the first half summed up our sea­son re­ally, we got our­selves into a 20 lead but then ended up be­ing pegged back,” said Vale boss Micky Adams.

“But when we went 3-2 down, to be fair, they gave me a re­sponse and we had a very good ten-15 minute spell when we could have scored the equaliser.

“We cre­ated some very good op­por­tu­ni­ties and also hit the post, but their goal­keeper, you have to say, made some very good saves to keep them ahead es­pe­cially from Tom Pope’s header.

“But at least the play­ers kept show­ing the be­lief.”




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