Victory at Leyton Orient won’t keep Notts County up insists boss Kevin Nolan

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 February 2017

Notts County boss Kevin Nolan embraces Leyton Orient's Michael Collins after Saturday's match (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Notts County boss Kevin Nolan embraces Leyton Orient's Michael Collins after Saturday's match (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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34-year-old delighted with response of his players after O’s equalised on Saturday and had Brisbane Road rocking

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Sam Sargeant looks to deal with a ball into the area despite being under pressure from Notts County striker Jon Stead (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient goalkeeper Sam Sargeant looks to deal with a ball into the area despite being under pressure from Notts County striker Jon Stead (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan was delighted with Saturday’s win at Leyton Orient, but insists it won’t be the result that keeps them up in League Two this season.

The 34-year-old returned to Brisbane Road at the weekend and saw his Magpies claim all three points after Jorge Grant’s opener was followed by a brace from Jon Stead.

Second half goals from Paul McCallum and Teddy Mezague helped O’s fight back from two down, but County nicked the points with an 84th minute winner.

“I said on Thursday, it doesn’t matter what happens at Leyton Orient on Saturday because we still have 14 games left,” said Nolan.

“We need to make sure we keep climbing the table and get to safety as quickly as possible because this result won’t keep us up.

“It was also not going to make us go down, it was about keeping that belief and mentality of trying to get on a run and now we are doing that.”

Orient boss Danny Webb will hope his players can feel the same having deserved at least a point from Saturday’s match.

The O’s showed tremendous battling qualities to overturn a two-goal deficit against their relegation rivals.

But it was Nolan who was celebrating at full time even though it looked like there would only be one winner after Orient equalised.

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan blows a kiss while on the touchline at Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor).Notts County manager Kevin Nolan blows a kiss while on the touchline at Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor).

He added: “We knew it wasn’t over at 2-2 because they were going to carry on coming at us. I thought the lads controlled things and the way they handled the game after was brilliant.

“The supporters and stadium were both rocking. It was about us trying to manage it and get back on the front foot and the lads did it fantastically well.

“You always need a bit of brilliance and we got that from Marc Bola because he showed great composure to pick out ‘Steady’.

“And if you give him that type of chance he’ll put it away and he did that fantastically well, so I was delighted to see it hit the back of the net.”

Both Orient and County came into Saturday’s match with some form and therefore a close contest was always expected.

It proved to be the case and in the end Stead was the difference with the experienced striker on target twice.

Nolan said: “I’m pleased to end the hoodoo of not putting in performances away from home and we got our just rewards thanks to some quality finishing.

“We knew it was going to be tough. Leyton Orient had been on a great run themselves after picking up four points from their last two games, so we knew it was going to be difficult.

“The response after they got it back to 2-2 shows the character and belief we have in the squad, which I’m delighted about.”

Although Orient ended up losing on Saturday, there were plenty of positives to take and it’s important they don’t stop believing with 14 games still to play.

The O’s announced this morning a ticker offer for fans which allows them to watch two matches for the price of one next month.

If Orient supporters purchase a ticket for the visit of Grimsby Town on March 11, they will automatically receive a free ticket for the encounter with Doncaster Rovers on March 18.

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