GREAT ES­CAPE IS STILL ALIVE

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

RI­CARDO Moniz in­sisted Notts County fans got the victory they de­served af­ter the Mag­pies took a step to­wards sur­vival by beat­ing Don­caster on a dra­matic af­ter­noon at Meadow Lane.

The Mag­pies moved out of the bot­tom four with a 2-1 win, with goals from top scorer Garry Thomp­son and mid­fielder Liam Noble prov­ing vi­tal.

A penalty from ex-Mag­pies loa­nee Nathan Tyson in in­jury time made Notts sweat, but they held on for a vi­tal win.

Notts must now hope Colch­ester avoid victory at Swin­don with their game in hand on Tues­day and then need to win at Gilling­ham to give them­selves a chance of mak­ing a Great Es­cape.

Re­flect­ing on a vi­tal win, Moniz said: “The fans got what they de­served. We gave them some­thing and we must win their re­spect.

“They re­sponded and it was pretty unique.

“We scored early and you need that be­cause if you con­cede you are chas­ing, but on this oc­ca­sion we took the ini­tia­tive.

“Af­ter 30 min­utes we ran back too much and gave too much space to their mid­field. Fur­man was free, For­rester went to the right and our or­gan­i­sa­tion went.

“We must or­gan­ise bet­ter. We must play like we are in the streets. We say ‘I’ll take him, you take him’.

“They showed they could play good foot­ball but af­ter we went 2-0 up we didn’t do what we had talked about.

“They scored a penalty in the last minute and then you have a heart attack.

“I can’t have any in­flu­ence over the penalty, but we showed a lack of dis­ci­pline be­fore­hand.”

Don­caster ar­rived at Notts with noth­ing to play for and it showed in the early stages as they strug­gled to match the pace of Notts’ start.

Thomp­son then found the break­through af­ter eight min­utes when he pro­duced a cool fin­ish from Gra­ham Burke’s ex­cel­lent cross.

Don­caster im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly at the start of the sec­ond half, but Liam Noble made it 2-0 to Notts with an in­stinc­tive fin­ish from a smart Burke pass.

Tyson scored from the spot deep in stop­page time when he was brought down by Haydn Hol­lis but there was too lit­tle time left to score an equaliser.

Rovers boss Paul Dickov was dis­ap­pointed with his side’s per­for­mance, es­pe­cially the de­fend­ing for both goals.

“There was one team fight­ing and scrap­ping for their lives and the fi­nal out­come was prob­a­bly the right one,” he said.

“They just had more en­ergy and they had more to play for be­cause they are try­ing to stay in the league.

“We started the game with a di­a­mond for­ma­tion be­cause we thought that would cause them prob­lems.

“But when you play a di­a­mond you have to play through the thirds and we just kept lump­ing it to Nathan Tyson.

“We changed it around and put James Cop­pinger in the mid­dle and I thought he did re­ally well in there. But the goals we con­ceded were very poor.”

PIC­TURES: JMS Photography

STAR MAN GRAHA

M BURKE Notts

County HAVE THAT: Garry Thomp­son puts Notts ahead. Inset: Liam Noble se­cures the points

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