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

KEVIN Nolan saluted Notts County “ma­gi­cian” Jorge Grant af­ter the sub­sti­tute’s two stun­ning goals downed ten-man Ch­ester­field at Meadow Lane.

The Not­ting­ham For­est loa­nee came off the bench early in the sec­ond half and put the Mag­pies ahead with a bril­liant header from Matt Too­tle’s cross. He then saved the best for last in in­jury-time when he curled in a bril­liant 25-yard free-kick into the top cor­ner.

It com­pounded a mis­er­able day for the Spire­ites, who saw Scott Wise­man sent off be­fore the break for a foul on Terry Hawkridge, which was per­ceived to have pre­vented an ob­vi­ous goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity.

Mag­pies boss Nolan was de­lighted with the win and paid trib­ute to Grant, who is back at County on a sea­son-long loan af­ter im­press­ing at Meadow Lane last term.

“Jorge is a tal­ent and we worked so hard with him last year,” said Nolan.

“It’s a credit to him that he wanted to come back and work un­der us again.

“We give him that free­dom and con­fi­dence to go out and play.

“When you are given that trust by the man­ager, the staff and the play­ers, you can pro­duce mo­ments of magic like he did.

“I was de­lighted with his con­tri­bu­tion and his re­ac­tion to not be­ing in the start­ing 11.

“We took the de­ci­sion not to play him from the off be­cause he didn’t train on Thurs­day be­cause of a tight ham­string.

“It was about wrap­ping him up in cot­ton wool a lit­tle bit and mak­ing sure we had that tal­ent on the bench.

“You want those play­ers who don’t start to show the right type of at­ti­tude and I felt that all three of our sub­sti­tutes contributed to the game.”

Ch­ester­field boss Gary Cald­well thought the en­tire game hinged upon the dis­missal of Wise­man, who was pe­nalised for foul­ing Hawkridge as he chased a ball head­ing into the Spire­ites area, and he pulled no punches in his as­sess­ment of ref­eree Andy Haines.

“It was the defin­ing mo­ment be­cause until that point, we were deal­ing with their set­pieces,” he said.

“We also looked a threat, al­though I felt we could have passed the ball bet­ter in the first half. We cre­ated a great chance be­fore half-time but the send­ing off was ridicu­lous.

“It was a long ball and the goal­keeper was com­ing to claim it.

“It hap­pens 20 to 30 times in a game.

“But the ref­eree came to a cir­cus and played to the crowd.

“They got ev­ery lit­tle de­ci­sion and the send­ing off was a big one, which turned the game in their favour.

“But I thought we played well in the sec­ond half.

“With ten men, away from home, and to cre­ate the chances we cre­ated, to con­trol the game the way we did – I thought we played ex­tremely well.”

NOTTS COUNTY (4-4-2): Collin 6, Too­tle 7 (Walker 84, 5), Duffy 8, Bris­ley 7, Jones 6; Hawkridge 7, Yates 7, He­witt 6, Alessandra 6 (Grant 53 9); Ameobi 7, Stead 6 (Forte 75 6). Subs not used: Fitzsi­mons, Hol­lis, Hunt, Mil­som CH­ESTER­FIELD (3-4-1-2) Anyon 6; Hird 8, Evatt, 6, Wise­man 3; Barry 6 Reed 7, Weir 6 (Mitchell 83 5), Dono­hue 6; Den­nis 6 (Brewster 73 6), Ugwu 4 (Maguire 45 6), O’Grady 5

Subs not used: Lee, Sinnott, Wake­field, McCourt


STAR MAN JORGE GRANT Notts County MAGIC MAN: Notts County mid­fielder Jorge Grant, cen­tre, is mobbed by team­mates af­ter open­ing the scor­ing

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