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An exciting game that amazingly didn't see any goals.
Slow start but we eventually got into it.
Notts County
  harriers-online match report
Tuesday 10th August 2004 
Another 0 - 0 draw

This was a game that had it all.  End to end football, both teams dominating play in turn, plenty of goalmouth action and the traditionally dire referee.

By the end of the game the referee and his jolly flagman was the one thing that stood out most.  Fussy application of the rules, two certain penalties denied and a perfectly good goal ruled out by the linesman.

It was County that came out of the blocks the quickest and for the first twenty minutes we looked a shambles.  For them Gay Gordon was the target man and he was making the most of some slack marking without really capitalising.

We were without a real target man because Jan had decided to play Youssou Diop in place of Jesper.  At first I thought that he would be a bit lightweight but his arial power and intelligent movement made him a good choice.  In fact when he was later replaced by Jesper we seemed to lose all presence in front of goal.

It must be a quandary for Jan.  Having a traditional centre forward that is not up to it and the only replacement on the sick bed until late September.

John Danby did well to catch a shot from Ian Richardson and then brilliantly punched away a close range header from Julien Baudet.

Eventually we got back into the game and with the pace of both Simon Brown and Diop we were creating havoc in front of the County goal.  It looked only a matter of time before we would score.

Brownie should have been awarded a penalty after being impeded by Pipe but the ref waved our protests away.  He then saw an angled shot flash past the far post.

Ian Foster also went close with an angled drive but the County keeper Henderson, on loan from the Villa, pushed it away for a corner.

Five minutes before half time Simon Brown saw another chance go just the wrong side of the County goal.

HT. 0 - 0

The second period of play started with a jolt for the Harriers.  the Magpies went straight on the offensive and hit the woodwork twice in the space of two minutes.

Rob Ullathorne had a shot tipped on to the bar by the superb John Danby and then Hurst came close with a looping overhead kick that just clipped the top of the bar.

Again we soaked up the pressure and then took charge.  For the majority of the rest of the game we bombarded the County goal forcing Henderson into save after save.

In the 68th minute we scored what looked like a perfectly good goal.  Simon Brown played in a lovely ball for Diop and after a bit of a jink he fired a powerful shot home.  To us there was nothing wrong with it but to the officials there was.  Again, as on Saturday against Rushden, the linesman flagged too soon.

The same linesman flagged for another off side a few minutes later when there was clearly a County defender between Simon Brown and the County keeper.

Dean Keates was the next to go close to actually opening the scoring but he could only watch as his shot was blocked on the line by Kelvin Wilson for the Pies.

After this came the second shout for a penalty when Brown was blatantly pushed in the back by a County defender on the edge of the area.  Again the rookie ref waved all claims away.

County made a substitution soon after when they bought on Tony Scully for David Pipe.  This move gave the men from Nottingham a new lease of life and Scully was soon scuttling around.  Makes one wonder why he hadn't started the game.

Jan Molby then took off the promising Diop for Jesper Christiansen and the pressure stopped straight away.  Diop wasn't looking tired or injured so the reason was all the more mysterious.

Eventually with time running out both sides seem content with the draw and so were we.  It would have been a shame for either of these two sides to lose.

FT. 0 - 0

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Ran his socks off all night.  This man is too good for the likes of us.
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Harriers  subs   cards      Notts County  subs   cards 
Danby     Henderson  
Jenkins     Wilson  
Burton     Pipe  
Hatswell     Edwards  
Viveash     Richardson  
Advice     Baudet  
Brown     Ullathorne  
Mellon     Bolland  
Diop     Gordon  
Keates   Gill  
Foster     Hurst  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Lewis     Mildenhall  
McHale     Mcintyre  
Russell     McFaul  
Rickards     Scully  
Christiansen     Williams  

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