Kev says Magpies not safe just yet...
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.”