Elokobi cel­e­brates birth­day in style

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Leigh Curtis

AF­TER the eas­i­est of vic­to­ries over Notts County, Old­ham boss Lee John­son praised the vol­un­teers who helped clear the Bound­ary Park pitch pregame, and who ar­guably had a tougher job than his Lat­ics side.

A two-goal salvo in the space of two min­utes helped John­son’s charges to a straight­for­ward victory which keeps alive their hopes of a top-six fin­ish.

Birth­day-boy Ge­orge Elokobi scored the opener in the 30th minute and mo­ments later Amari Mor­gan-Smith ex­tended the lead.

Jonathan Forte wrapped up the win with a fine header in the sec­ond to leave John­son purring.

“It was a solid win, I was re­ally pleased with it,” he said. “There were not too many scary mo­ments for us and I thought the third goal was ab­so­lutely su­perb.

“I haven’t seen it, but in my mind it was ex­cel­lent and I can’t wait to watch it back.

“It was a tough game be­cause of the con­di­tions and a big shout out to the vol­un­teers who helped clear the pitch of snow be­cause we needed the game. The mid­field dom­i­nated and I knew even­tu­ally we would open them up and we did.

“And I must say I thought our goal­keeper was out­stand­ing. He was very safe and claimed three or four crosses, punched at the right time and caught at the right time – he was very good.”

Notts boss Shaun Derry was far from happy with his side’s de­fend­ing at a ground where he saved the Mag­pies from rel­e­ga­tion last May.

But there was no tri­umphant re­turn for the ex-QPR mid­fielder who saw Elokobi head in Liam Kelly’s cross be­fore Mor­gan-Smith raced through to slot past Roy Car­roll.

The Mag­pies goal­keeper was in mag­i­cal form af­ter the break and kept the score to 2-0 with a string of won­der­ful saves.

But he was even­tu­ally beaten when Con­nor Brown crossed for Forte who couldn’t miss.

It was a sec­ond de­feat in the space of a week for Notts and Derry said the calami­tous two-minute pe­riod was de­ci­sive.

“The dis­ap­point­ing thing for me is that be­fore those two goals we were just start­ing to pro­duce some re­ally good pas­sages of play and got into some re­ally good ar­eas,” he said.

“We were start­ing to make our mark and then we had a crazy cou­ple of min­utes when peo­ple did not do their jobs.

“At the end of it we were 2-0 down and we never re­ally re­cov­ered from it.

“We’ve come to a stage in the sea­son now when I have spo­ken too of­ten to the press about the goals we’ve con­ceded.

“I sound like a bro­ken record, but we are giv­ing away goals.”

STAR MAN JONAT

HAN FORTE Old­ham

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