Mag­pies fight back but Sheri is ‘gut­ted’

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

NOTTS County boss John Sheri­dan ad­mit­ted he was “gut­ted” not to have beaten Grimsby Town af­ter see­ing his side come back from the dead to earn a draw.

The Mag­pies were 2-0 down af­ter 60 min­utes as Shaun Pear­son’s header crept in be­fore Omar Bogle took ad­van­tage of a poor back pass from Stan­ley Ab­o­rah to put the vis­i­tors in com­mand.

But in the third suc­ces­sive league game, Notts came back to res­cue a re­sult helped by a triple sub­sti­tu­tion.

Vadaine Oliver was un­playable in his 30-minute cameo and teed up Jonathan Forte for the first goal on 77 min­utes, be­fore win­ning a penalty that Michael O’Con­nor slammed against the post.

But they earned a point in the 89th minute when Oliver chested into the path of debu­tant Aaron Collins who slammed in, leav­ing Sheri­dan to won­der what might have been.

“We were a bit flat in the first half – I didn’t think we were at the races,” he said.

“Full credit to Grimsby for that be­cause I thought they were on the front foot a lot more than we were.

“They were pick­ing things up a lot quicker and un­for­tu­nately we went a goal down.

“The two lads up front were a real hand­ful and we couldn’t deal with it.

“How­ever, we started the sec­ond half re­ally well and got on top be­fore giv­ing away a sham­bolic goal.

“You think at 2-0 down it’s a moun­tain to climb, but we re­sponded re­ally, re­ally, well.

“The sub­sti­tutes came on and changed the game. We pep­pered them and got them on the back foot.

“In the end I am gut­ted we have not won the game. The fans ap­pre­ci­ated how we tried to get back into the game so full re­spect to them.”

Grimsby boss Paul Hurst was dis­ap­pointed to see a twogoal lead slip, but in the end ac­cepted the first away point of the sea­son.

“They are a good team and I ex­pect them to be at the top end of the league at the end of the sea­son,” he said.

“It’s the first away point of the sea­son in front of a fan­tas­tic fol­low­ing, but I do have mixed emo­tions hav­ing been 2-0 up.

“We got away with the penalty which they missed to make it 2-2, but in the end we couldn’t quite hold on.

“But go­ing for­ward we are a threat and we gave them real prob­lems. I thought we would score a sec­ond goal and that proved to be the case.

“We just couldn’t keep it out at the other end of the pitch.”

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