The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Gas­coyne

AJORGE Grant screamer and Shola Ameobi’s first Notts County goal helped an ec­static Kevin Nolan keep his un­beaten home record in­tact.

The Mag­pies held on to beat fel­low strug­glers Hartle­pool at Meadow Lane, and Nolan heaped praise on Ameobi de­spite an ear­lier penalty miss from the veteran for­ward.

“The lads showed great char­ac­ter, great spirit, great to­geth­er­ness,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing you want when you’re fight­ing down there at the bot­tom.

“I thought we dom­i­nated through­out, although as soon as we missed the penalty we got a lit­tle bit jit­tery. We calmed them down at half-time and I thought we got bet­ter as the game went on.

“De­spite miss­ing the penalty I thought Shola was fan­tas­tic. He’s played at the top level and is men­tally tough, he was solid in both boxes, it just shows what he brings to the team.

“With re­gards to Jorge Grant, we’re de­lighted with him. It was an ab­so­lutely first-class strike.

“He’s one of those that should be play­ing week-in, week-out be­cause that’s what hap­pens when he does.”

County were handed a golden op­por­tu­nity to take the lead on 28 min­utes after Lewis Hawkins clum­sily han­dled the ball in the box, but Ameobi’s weak ef­fort from the spot was pushed on to the post by Joe Fryer.

But the striker made up for his ear­lier penalty miss min­utes after the restart when Grant played a fine ball through, and Ameobi made no mis­take in fir­ing home low to put his side ahead.

The hosts dou­bled their lead in em­phatic fash­ion thanks to a 20yard screamer from Not­ting­ham For­est loa­nee Grant, who has now scored four goals in his last six games for the Mag­pies.

The vis­i­tors pulled one back eight min­utes later after Haydn Hol­lis put the ball in his own net, although it proved not enough as the Mag­pies held on to take all three points.

And fu­ri­ous Hartle­pool man­ager Dave Jones slammed his team for switch­ing off dur­ing vi­tal pe­ri­ods of the game.

He said: “I’m so angry with them, the whole game was more than com­fort­able and we still lost. “It’s that be­lief that’s driv­ing me around the bend, we have to shake this away form. The game was there for us to get some­thing, but we didn’t. There were too many in­di­vid­ual mis­takes, we switched off at vi­tal times. “To be in con­trol of the game for so long and to lose is just annoying. The play­ers have to be bet­ter than they have been here. “It doesn’t mat­ter how long it’s been since we last won away from home, it’s the men­tal­ity that needs to change. That’s why the chair­man brought me in, to change that.” NOTTS COUNTY: (4-4-2): Colin 6, He­witt 6, Duffy 6, Hol­lis 6, Bola 7, Yeates 6 (Smith 86 N/A), Too­tle 6, Mil­som 6, Grant 8 (Campbell A 90 N/A), Ameobi 6, Forte 6 (Campbell T 71 6). Subs not used: Loach, Dick­in­son, Clack­stone, Campbell, Howes HARTLE­POOL UNITED: (3-5-2): Fryer 7, Richard­son 6, Har­ri­son 5, Don­nelly 5, Feather­stone 6, Hawkins 4 (Deverdics 59 6), Woods 5, Thomas 5, Alessan­dra 6, Oates 5, Amond 5. Subs not used: Bartlett, Martin, Hawkes, Or­rell, Rooney

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