Still life in Shola yet as Nolan’s boys soar
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.”