Kev says Mag­pies not safe just yet...

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

KEVIN NOLAN is adamant Notts County are still not safe from rel­e­ga­tion, de­spite mov­ing fur­ther away from the drop zone with vic­tory over Wy­combe.

Shola Ameobi’s goal proved the dif­fer­ence at Adams Park as the former New­cas­tle United for­ward rat­tled in via the post fol­low­ing good work by Jon Stead.

The re­sult moved the Mag­pies 13 points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and since Nolan’s ar­rival they’ve lost just four of 14 games.

But the boss claims there is still work to do.

“We are still not math­e­mat­i­cally safe and it’s not done un­til done,” he said.

“But I was just so pleased with what we put on show. I thought we were ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“We re­ally nul­li­fied Wy­combe and their strengths. We were very wor­thy of the win.

“I was thrilled with the way we went about it be­cause we didn’t let them build mo­men­tum.

“It was a fan­tas­tic re­sult be­cause we’ve not only won the game, but we have kept a clean sheet as well against a team who pose a real at­tack­ing threat.

“I am de­lighted to a man with all the lads. It was an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance.”

Both sides traded chances in a fre­netic open­ing with Stead forc­ing a bril­liant save from Ja­mal Black­man, be­fore Luke O’Nien blazed over.

The mid­fielder was then de­nied by a ter­rific Richard Duffy block and it proved a cru­cial in­ter­ven­tion as County scored from their next at­tack when Ameobi ham­mered in via the up­right.

Wy­combe should have lev­elled when Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa volleyed wide and the hosts ap­pealed for a penalty when Myles We­ston went down in the box, but ref­eree Ross Joyce waved play on.

De­feat leaves the Chair­boys four points out­side the top seven but boss Gareth Ainsworth be­lieves it could have been dif­fer­ent had We­ston been awarded a spot-kick.

“We had a def­i­nite penalty and the Notts County player threw his arms in the air as if to say I’ve not done any­thing wrong,” he said. “But why would Myles go down there?

“But we can’t blame that for not win­ning the game. We con­ceded a rub­bish goal and we didn’t work their keeper hard enough.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we wanted to win that one.

“It shows that when we are miss­ing key play­ers, we have to step up bet­ter.

“We looked nervy, we didn’t re­ally get hold of the game and played in the wrong ar­eas. When we went long, we went long with­out qual­ity.”

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