PRO FOOTBALL: Magpies ravaged by Wolves

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Notts County — off the back of one of their top performances of the season against Coventry — couldn’t cut the mustard at Molineux as they were comfortably beaten by Wolves.

Michael Jacobs scored twice as the home side eased past the struggling ’Pies otts County to keep their League One promotion challenge rolling with a 2-0 win.

Advertiser correspondent Dean Fido gives his view on the action:

Kenny Jackett’s outfit would be welcoming the magpies to Molineux, one of the better grounds Notts would visit this season. Off the back of their best display of the season, County would return to Wolverhampton for the second time of the 13/14 campaign looking to build on their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory.

At the whistle, an unchanged Notts and hungry Wolves side tested each other down their respective flanks. Early in the 5th minute a mix up at the back between Smith and Sheehan saw Wolves through on the wing. What can only be described as a brilliant trackback by Smith intercepted a deadly cross, saved by Bart.

Notts were on the back foot again a minute later, only saved through the execution of an offside trap with three attackers through on goal.

Cross after cross into the Notts box was dealt with by an in form Manny Smith. But it was one too many as

Notts went behind in the 17th minute after a Michael Jacobs header flew past Bart’s left hand side.

Moments later Bart would be called upon again as Sako shot to his near post, which was frantically waved away by the Notts keeper.

The magpies found some momentum mid way through the first half as McGregor put Spencer through on goal but just moments too early as it was easily collected by the Keeper. Later, Grealish went down softly to win a free kick which was wasted into the wall by McGregor.

Down the middle, Spencer and McGregor worked well but the shot was deflected.

Just before the first half was drawn to a close, Alan Sheehan, who celebrated his 100th league game for County, worked well with two back to back clearances in the Notts box. Later though, he would fumble an equaliser at his feet from a low McGregor corner.

Wolves led 1-0.

In the second half, Callum McGregor came out with pace working the middle of the pitch. However not enough chances were made for anything to be achieved.

Two consecutive “lights-off” moments by Freeman nearly saw Notts go 2-0 down but for poor attacking efforts by Wolves. The latter went out for a corner, deflected by Mullins.

Notts pressured but Michael Jacobs obtained his second of the day from a ranged shot to Bart’s far post. He had no chance. 2-0. Moments later, Jacobs nearly completed his hatrick, walking though Notts’ defence. Bart saved close range.

Sub Murray made an instant impact causing trouble in the opposition’s defence but alas other than an engagement down the wing for Grealish came to nothing.

What followed was a series of Wolves corners which threatened the magpies. But Bart kept them safe as he had done the majority of the season.

A lovely bit of skill by Boucaud led to a long range effort which was easily collected by the keeper.

The Notts players left Campbell-Ryce to attack by himself offering no outlets. A quick counter attack found an outnumbered Manny Smith. Jacobs was through on goal but selflessly made room for Sako who wasn’t quick to trigger and gave possession away.

Late into the second half, Jack Grealish missed a free header from an inch perfect Campbell-Ryce cross. Admittedly one of the few of the match.

Although Fotheringham appeared to turn the attacking tide, fans noted the massive gulf of class between the two outfits which is rarely seen in the same league. Notts were truly at the mercy of the Wolves side.

The final whistle blew and a beaten Notts side applauded the travelling fans of around 700. Another loss to add to the pot. When is it time to accept relegation?

Dean Fido

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