NOTTS TAKE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Lee Jones

STAND-IN boss Paul Hart be­lieves Notts County’s new manager will in­herit ‘some­thing to build on’ – de­spite the frus­tra­tion of see­ing his ex­pected one and only game in the dugout end all-square.

Days af­ter sacking boss Shaun Derry, the Mag­pies looked to have picked up a big three points at the ex­pense of one of their main ri­vals in the League One rel­e­ga­tion battle when Hungarian sub­sti­tute Balint Ba­jner drilled them in front in the 73rd minute.

But Scun­thorpe United, hav­ing ear­lier taken the lead in­side 70 sec­onds, also pro­duced a sting in the tail, with cen­tre-back Niall Cana­van head­ing a de­served equaliser four min­utes from the end.

De­spite the frus­tra­tion, Hart was pleased with the way the County play­ers bounced back fol­low­ing Derry’s de­par­ture five days ear­lier.

“From a bunch of lads who were all over the place at the start of the week, with the loss of their manager and his as­sis­tant, they girded their loins and got at it,” said the 61-yearold, who is ex­pected to revert to his role with the Mag­pies’ Academy next week.

“It was an un­for­tu­nate start, but the play­ers rolled their sleeves up and re­cov­ered very well.

“Cer­tainly in the first half we took con­trol of the ball and passed it around and looked like we could go on and get an­other goal. If we had done, we’d have been nicely placed to take the game on.

“Sec­ond half we lost a lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence, which is un­der­stand­able in this sit­u­a­tion, but over­all I’m re­ally proud of the play­ers. They can hold their heads up high. There’s some­thing to build on, I think.”

Hart, the vastly-ex­pe­ri­enced for­mer Crys­tal Palace and Not­ting­ham For­est chief, cer­tainly got the best out of a side chas­ing a first home win in two months.

County at­tacked with en­thu­si­asm and con­fi­dence, de­spite their strug­gles. But they had to come from be­hind fol­low­ing the worst pos­si­ble start to the match.

A poor de­fen­sive header by Sean New­ton won the vis­i­tors a cor­ner af­ter only 12 sec­onds. In the at­tack­ing spell that fol­lowed, Paddy Mad­den saw a header tipped onto the bar by Notts’ re­called vet­eran goal­keeper Kevin Pilk­ing­ton, but Theo Robin­son, mak­ing his de­but

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

SPOT THE BALL: Notts’ Jor­dan Wil­liams and Scun­thorpe duo Luke Daniels and Paddy Mad­den can’t bear to look

IRON WILL: Niall Cana­van cel­e­brates scor­ing Scun­thorpe’s late lev­eller

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