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14:48 30th January 2011

Magpies Book City Replay

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Notts County will go into the hat for the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, after drawing 1-1 with Premier League Manchester City at Meadow Lane.

Neal Bishop gave Notts a surprise lead on 59 minutes, when his near-post header looped beyond Joe Hart and his defenders. Edin Dzeko made it 1-1 on 80 minutes, after missing a host of opportunities.

A rapturous reception welcomed the teams onto the pitch for the FA Cup Fourth Round clash, where Notts fans were hoping that lightning would strike twice. Almost 20 years ago, the Magpies defeated City, thanks to Steve Cherry's heroics in goal and Gary Lund's late winner.

Mike Edwards returned from injury to skipper the team for his 500th career appearance. Lee Hughes, following his goal in midweek was handed a start against Roberto Mancini's star-studded line-up.

It was almost a dream start for Notts, as Alan Gow's trickery gained him a free kick on the edge of the box. Stepping up to take it himself, his strike drifted just past the post, much to the relief of England international goalkeeper Joe Hart, who stumbled across his goalmouth.

Home stopper Stuart Nelson was the first to produce a save, when Micah Richards, racing forward down the right, found Yaya Toure with a low centre. The former Barcelona midfielder's hit looked destined for the corner but Nelson somehow kept it out with his leg.

County were holding out well, limiting the visitors in the final third. Whenever they did get a sniff of goal, there was always a body in the way to shut them out.

Krystian Pearce denied Dzeko on two occasions with some fine defensive work. First, from Jo's cross, he stretched out a leg and cleared the danger, then he produced a superb challenge, as the £27million forward prepared himself to fire home.

Notts were by no means camping in their own half and expressed a keen desire to get forward. Hughes came closest with a tame attempt from the edge of the area but the teams went in level at the break.

Within minutes of the restart, Dzeko scooped over the bar, after Richards had overlapped and played another low cross at his feet. Craig Westcarr, at the Kop end, cut across Jerome Boateng but Hart denied his bending shot.

On 59 minutes, the stadium erupted, as Bishop's headed flick-on, from Alan Gow's in-swinging corner, found the net. It was the midfielder's first goal of the season and what a time to get it.

Dzeko came close to drawing the scores level with a header that looped onto the roof of the net. But, Hughes could have easily doubled the lead when he nodded Jon Harley's cross wide of the target.

Gareth Barry thought he'd made it 1-1 with a dipping volley from 25 yards out. However, Nelson, retreating to his line, leapt acrobatically to tip the ball behind for a corner.

A leveller did come with only 10 minutes remaining on the clock - Dzeko finally managing to put away a chance. Richards, striding forward once more, powered the ball across the face of goal for the frontman to convert into the roof of the net.

Edwards almost put back in front three minutes later, as he strived to latch on to David Martin's free kick from the right. The centre-back appeared to get a touch but was unable to direct the ball on target.

Karl Hawley, who had replaced Alan Gow, presented Hughes with an opportunity to win the game. His cross was met by Notts' top-scorer, only he found the wrong side of the post.

6,000 tickets will go on sale for the replay, which is set to take place on the weekend of the Fifth Round. Check back to the Official Site to find out who the potential opponents areā€¦


Attendance: TBC

Senate Electrical Man of the Match: Neal Bishop

If Notts County overcome City in the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay at Eastlands, they will face Aston Villa at home.

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