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Fight tooth and nail

Manager reacts to Cambridge drama

23 December 2017

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan hailed the never-say-die attitude of his squad after the 3-3 draw against Cambridge United.

The Magpies found themselves 3-0 down heading into the final 15 minutes of the game but goals from Lewis Alessandra, Shaun Brisley and Jonathan Forte rescued a point, salvaging the unbeaten home record so far this season.

And the boss was full of pride when speaking to the press after the final whistle.

"We're delighted to get a draw in the end but I don't think we deserved to be 3-0 down at any point in the match," he said. "They took their three goals really well and I can't criticise my goalkeeper or defenders for what happened.

"We did a lot of things we worked on on the training ground - not rushing things, not throwing aimless balls into the box, putting quality balls in - and put Cambridge under enough pressure to eventually crack and get our just rewards.

"I am so proud of my lads because none of them stood there with their hands on hips, giving up. They stuck together.

"You talk about team spirit, unity and camaraderie but I don't think I need to speak about it any more because the players have shown exactly what they have got in abundance.

"It shows everyone around the city and the Notts County supporters what they deserve. They have a team who will fight tooth and nail until the end to do everything they can for the shirt."

The former Newcastle midfielder also had words of praise for the Notts supporters, who stuck with the team until the final whistle.

"The fans were terrific, even at 3-0 down because they could have turned easily but they didn't. They understand we are still not out of a game no matter what.

"I'm disappointed we couldn't get a win in our final home game of the year but I can't put into words what we have achieved over the year."

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