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Kiwomya: We Never Gave Up

30 March 2013

First team manager Chris Kiwomya felt that his side was unfortunate not to come away from Griffin Park with at least a point.

Notts were defeated 2-1 by npower League 1 high flyers Brentford on Good Friday but ended the game strongly, after Alan Judge pulled a goal back with only 16 minutes remaining.

The Magpies were unable to make the most of the late dominance to cancel out strikes from find another to cancel out Toumani Diagouraga and Bradley Wright-Phillips’ earlier strikes.

“In the last 20 minutes we never gave up and it looked like we were going to draw the game – maybe even win the game,” Kiwomya told the press. 

“We put a lot of pressure on them and they were just playing on the counter attack.

“Towards the end they looked nervous and played with five in the midfield, just trying to stop us from getting that goal.

“We were on the front foot and we had all of our forwards on the pitch and we caused them problems.

“It was a hard game, they’ve been in the top six all season, and sometimes you want that little bit of luck.”

Kiwomya refused to place any blame on goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, after a mistake allowed Diagouraga’s feeble shot to find the net. 

The Pole had been ill in the build-up to the match but was eager to play, despite being nowhere near 100 per cent.

“We gave them the first goal but Bart has been very ill and was ill the night before the game and it was touch and go as to whether he was going to play,” explained the boss. 

“He wanted to have a go but we could see that he wasn’t right so we took him off at half time.

“He wasn’t himself but he’s been brilliant for us so we’ve got no problems with Bart – he’s a good goalkeeper.”

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