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The Opposition View - Notts County

The Opposition View - Notts County

Following yesterday's thoroughly deserved 1-1 draw against Notts County at Meadow Lane, here are some views on the game from the Magpies' manager Martin Allen, their goalscorer Ben Burgess, and a selection of their fans.

"Great start, but I think that was probably the highlight of the afternoon," said Allen, speaking to his club's official website.

"The supporters got behind the players and the players tried to get it going, but we didn't get any momentum into our play. We didn't play our normal good, quick, passing style of play, and I think the result was a fair result, I don't think we can complain about that," he said.

Asked what his keeper was doing for Wycombe's equaliser, Allen replied: "Stuart Nelson made several great saves; the lad's hit a great shot and that was it, it's a goal."

"They've got a good young team. They got promoted last year and they've got some very, very, dangerous young players, but we weren't quite at our best today."

County goalscorer Ben Burgess said: "We're so disappointed to draw, but in the end they probably deserved it because for the last twenty minutes they really took the game to us and we sat back which was disappointing."

"We just sort of waited for them to score, which isn't good enough."

Most County fans were gracious enough to admit that Wycombe fully deserved at least a point from the game.

The following extracts are taken from Notts County Mad and The Football Forum.

Wooderson wrote:
"Jeez, that was terrible, especially the last 20 minutes. It was like torture, and the Wycombe goal was well deserved.'

HopefulPie wrote:
"We were lucky not to lose today.'

optipez wrote:
"Today we looked a poorer team than Wycombe and for the first time at home this season I had no belief that we were going to get a result.'

countygump wrote:
"From the halfway point onwards, we played for a draw. Worst performance this season ... easily.'

dovp wrote:
"MA got it wrong today. They changed their tactics and he failed to respond. They brought on two speedy players and we responded by playing deeper which was a big risk that didn't come off. It allowed them to push both full backs forward and it was like having two wingers on each side. If you defend on the edge of the box for the last 10 minutes you're asking for trouble even against a poor side.'

SmiffyPie wrote:
"Thank heavens they were crap or they would have rolled us over.'

sevens_a_secret wrote:
"I thought they were quite good. Especially second half. I'm surprised they're struggling. Maybe they found some form from somewhere.'

nottsmagpie wrote:
"Defending too deep, no width and a midfield that was bossed by Wycombe! ... and the worse thing was we could all see their goal coming.'

sonick_ wrote:
"It was tough to watch today. In the second-half their keeper was the only player in their half so we never had an outlet when we won the ball.'

pembo2 wrote:
"Nelson's saves kept us in it.'

hissingdwarf wrote:
"That was shocking. Without Nelson we would have been 3 down.'

Upies2812 wrote:
"Why is this clown still in goal, he makes mistakes most matches and still he plays. People will say he played well today, but the two ''amazing'' saves he made were camera saves, and his mistake at the end was horrible.'

tied_up_in_notts wrote:
"His save in the first half beggared belief - he had no right to save that one. What he was doing on the goal is anybody's guess, it looked like a schoolboy error from the Kop.'

Maggie1982 wrote:
"There were many factors in why we didn't win today - Hughes' miss, shocking midfield, crap tactics, sitting back inviting pressure, etc, etc.'

RavenBish wrote:
"If we'd played a decent team, we'd have got absolutely tonked today.'

william_death wrote:
"Well played Wycombe, a deserved point.'

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Date:Sunday November 6 2011
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