Nolan is plan­ning to up­set Pom­pey

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Josh Ni­cholls

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

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