NOLAN CAN’T SOLVE THEIR DERBY HOODOO

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

KEVIN NOLAN has come up with an an­swer for most of Notts County’s woes since he took over at Meadow Lane, but not their Mans­field hoodoo.

The Mag­pies have tri­umphed here only once since Sam Al­lardyce’s side of 1998 and they rarely looked like do­ing so against a de­ter­mined home side. Mans­field hur­ried and scur­ried Notts out of their stride well be­fore the 16-minute spell that sent their side into rap­tures.

It was dis­ap­point­ing to hear Nolan blame the fix­ture com­puter for County’s bad day – Mans­field and their wily boss Steve Evans had more to do with it.

Evans in­sists fans have yet to see the best of his re­cently-com­piled side, and if that’s true they may cause Notts a few more headaches by the end of the sea­son.

A word for the fans and their im­mac­u­late mark­ing of a minute’s ap­plause in mem­ory of for­mer Stags phys­io­ther­a­pist Matt Salmon. That was a nice touch on what is tra­di­tion­ally a highly charged oc­ca­sion.

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