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Forte: Happy to get a point

Forte thrilled with stunning comeback

24 December 2017

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Jonathan Forte says the thought of protecting Notts' unbeaten home record in Sky Bet League Two did not affect the mindset of the players before yesterday's game.

The Magpies looked set to lose that run without defeat at Meadow Lane as they found themselves 3-0 down to Uche Ikpeazu's first-half goal and Jevani Brown's brace.

But Lewis Alessandra and Shaun Brisley scored to reduce the deficit to one goal before Forte struck in stoppage time to rescue a point and preserve their run of 13 games without defeat on home turf.

"It didn't weigh on our minds - we want to go out there and perform as best we can," he said.

"Teams are going to come here, a big stadium, against a team at the top of the league and sit back. They will want to beat us because we are up at the top of the table but we have to take it in our stride and get on with it.

"This afternoon Cambridge got us on the counter-attack and punished us. We didn't think it was a lost cause but it's a long way back from that point.

"I'm happy we got a point from 3-0 down. We've done it for the past three or four months, getting last-minute equalisers and winners. The team spirit is brilliant, probably one of the best I've been involved in. We just need to keep going."

The equalising goal was an acrobatic, overhead effort from the striker and it was a remarkable feat given the 31-year-old was suffering from a hip problem.

"I took a knock shortly after coming on so it affected my game but I wasn't thinking about that when the ball came to me. I'm just glad it went in.

"I can't really remember much other than the ball being in the air," he admitted. "Shaun Brisley flicked it on and I thought it was going to be our only chance to get an equaliser.

"I didn't want anyone to touch me but Matt Tootle jumped on me - I wasn't happy! But it's Toots, so what can I do?" he joked.

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