Still life in Shola yet as Nolan’s boys soar

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

KEVIN Nolan purred over a com­plete Notts County per­for­mance as they dented Colch­ester’s play-off hopes with a sen­sa­tional dis­play at Meadow Lane.

Two goals from the bril­liant Shola Ameobi, and one from Haydn Hol­lis, saw off the U’s, who scored through a spec­tac­u­lar strike from Chris Porter.

The re­sult meant that EFL safety is all but guar­an­teed for Notts who have re­mained un­beaten at home since Nolan ar­rived in Jan­uary.

But this was the most im­pres­sive of the per­for­mances so far and it left the Mag­pies boss thrilled with his play­ers.

“I was de­lighted, it was prob­a­bly the most com­plete per­for­mance since I have been here,” said Nolan.

“The only neg­a­tive re­ally was that we didn’t put more past them as some of the play was out­stand­ing.

“We ex­posed their weak­nesses quite of­ten and eas­ily, and it was bril­liant to watch.

“When they put one in the top cor­ner, which was hap­pen­ing when I first took over, you just have to hold your hands up and say ‘what a strike’.

“But the re­ac­tion of our lads when it went to 1-1 was first class.

“We could have scored five or six in the end and that is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion. I think we are ready to do some­body like that and I think Colch­ester will go home feel­ing they get off lightly.

“We had chance af­ter chance. I am de­lighted we have come away not kick­ing our­selves be­cause we have to re­mem­ber they have got some good play­ers.”

Colch­ester are still in with a chance of a top­seven fin­ish, but U’s boss John McGreal con­ceded his team couldn’t deal with Ameobi or part­ner Jon Stead.

“The best side on the day won,” he said. “I thought we had a bit of a go in the sec­ond half and we kept in it by get­ting the equaliser.

“But like the Crewe game, we gave them a start which we tend to be do­ing and we’re giv­ing away poor goals to the op­po­si­tion. “Notts County are do­ing quite well at home at the minute and they are tough to play at Meadow Lane.

“We got back into it well and stead­ied it a lit­tle bit but then we con­ceded an­other poor goal. That’s where we’re at, at the minute try­ing to get that con­sis­tency level at home and away.

“Their two for­wards were hot es­pe­cially (Shola) Ameobi, who I thought was ab­so­lutely ter­rific.

“It’s all about re­act­ing and keep­ing the lads pos­i­tive and we’ll go again with the home match against Steve­nage, next week.”

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