Nolan is given new strength by Forte

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

the play­ers. I thank them for the that. The play­ers men­tioned after­wards it was the first time they had heard it for a while. It’s great and hope­fully we can con­tinue.”

Craw­ley man­ager Der­mot Drummy was dis­ap­pointed not to re­turn back to Meadow Lane with a point, es­pe­cially hav­ing equalised so late on.

“It’s prob­a­bly a les­son learned,” he said. “I didn’t scream at the play­ers, I just said it was a les­son learned be­cause it was a dis­ap­point­ment not to come away with a point.

“For most of the time we were track­ing back and de­fend­ing which is not like us.

“Nor­mally we have enough qual­ity, but Notts County came at us and I don’t think we ex­ploited them. Ev­ery­where they pressed us and if the touch wasn’t good enough, they nicked the ball of us.

“Lewis Young was be­ing tracked by Camp­bell so he didn’t have space. We pushed him up, we put two for­wards high, we pushed the cen­tre-back up and we nearly got caught be­cause we were try­ing to win the game.

“Maybe we could have nicked a point had we shown a lit­tle more com­po­sure. We lost pos­ses­sion and then we are in trou­ble be­cause they are at our goal again.” NOTTS COUNTY boss Kevin Nolan saluted a “bril­liant” per­for­mance by his ten-man Mag­pies af­ter they se­cured their first league win since Oc­to­ber.

A last-gasp strike from Jonathan Forte clinched vic­tory over Craw­ley at Meadow Lane where Thierry Audel had given the hosts the lead in the sec­ond half.

Cur­tis Thompson was then sent off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence be­fore James Collins looked to have se­cured a point for the vis­i­tors with a stun­ning strike.

But Forte en­sured Notts claimed vic­tory when he blasted in from close-range af­ter Haydn Hol­lis’ shot had been par­ried by Glenn Mor­ris.

Nolan was ap­pointed just over two weeks ago and the for­mer New­cas­tle and West Ham cap­tain was thrilled with what he wit­nessed.

“It feels good,” said Nolan. “I have to praise the lads be­cause they have taken on board what we have done.

“They were bril­liant from one to 13 as the lads who came off the bench played their part.

“We were to­gether and the per­for­mance en­sured we thor­oughly de­served what we got. I hope the fans en­joyed it.

“It’s not great for the heart, I must ad­mit. But I am young enough and fit enough to be able to take it.

“The fans re­ally got be­hind us and it lifted

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