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The fans pushed us on

11 March 2017

Notts County forward Shola Ameobi believes the fans played a big part in today's 2-1 victory over Hartlepool United.

Ameobi missed a first-half penalty but says encouragement from the stands spurred him and his team-mates on to victory.

The 35-year-old said: "When you miss a penalty like that, the crowd sometimes can get a bit jittery but our fans were great. They kept pushing us on and you want to reward that.

"The manager made sure we went out there [for the second half] all guns blazing and that’s what we did. Fortunately, Jorge put me in and I managed to get my first goal.

"I’ve been waiting a while so I was delighted with that, but ultimately it was about the three points and we managed to get them today."

Ameobi, usually so assured from the spot, puts his miss down to rustiness having not taken a penalty for a while.

He said: "The first goal is always important and I thought it was going to come from the penalty in the first half, but unfortunately it’s been a while since I’ve taken a pen. The keeper made a good save. 

"The good thing is we didn’t let our heads drop and we knew if we kept battling away the chance would come.

"Thankfully, and fortunately, for me, it came and I slotted it away."

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