BY JORGE, THE BOY IS A STAR
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