Nolan is planning to upset Pompey
KEVIN Nolan is hoping his in-form Notts County side can wreck Portsmouth’s promotion party at Fratton Park tomorrow as they look to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.
Nolan watched his side take the lead twice at Crewe Alexandra on Friday through Adam Campbell and then Michael O’Connor, only to be pegged back by goals from Chris Dagnall and James Jones.
But despite failing to notch a fifth straight win, the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder insisted his buoyant side will be doing everything they can to dampen the mood on the South Coast.
“We’re in good form and we certainly won’t be going there to lie down,” said Nolan. “It shows how far we’ve come when we’re disappointed to only to get a point.
“Now we’ve just got to make sure we rest up, take on board the right things food-wise and go and spoil Portsmouth’s promotion party.”
Campbell gave County the lead in the ninth minute when he poked the ball under the dive of Ben Garratt from the edge of the box.
Dagnall levelled in the 38th minute, racing away from the Magpies’ defence to slot the ball calmly past the on-rushing Adam Collin.
But County were soon back in front as Jon Stead played in O’Connor who rolled the ball past Garratt in the 51st minute.
But Jones struck back for Crewe 15 minutes later guiding a deflected Dagnall pass under Collin on the half-volley.
Nolan was adamant his side should have had a penalty in the 90th minute when Shola Ameobi was brought down in the box by Garratt, with referee Gavin Ward opting to book the striker for diving.
“It was an absolutely disgraceful decision,” added Nolan. “He could see it, we could see it, everyone in the stadium could see it and the officials as a team should’ve got the decision right.”
Even Crewe manager David Artell seemed to concur with Nolan’s assessment afterwards.
“I thought Garratt fouled Ameobi,” he said. “I don’t like to talk about referees but we got away with one I think.
“We did well to get a point, that might sound defeatist but if you’d have asked me after nine minutes: ‘would I take point?’ Then I probably would have done.
“We go from playing one of the form teams in the division to one of the out of form teams and hopefully we can build on what we’ve achieved here at Yeovil on Monday.”
STAR MAN CHRIS DAGNALL Crewe