Notts County secure a victory in a testing derby against Mansfield Town

Despite sitting at bottom of the league, The Magpies stunned fans by taking home three points against promotion favourites, Mansfield Town.

“The standard has been set now, I thought we were outstanding against Mansfield.” Craig Mackail-Smith, Notts County striker.

Notts County have turned things around by beating Mansfield 1-0 today in the Nottinghamshire derby and taking home seven points overall in their last three games.

New signing, Craig Mackail-Smith scored the winning goal in the nineteenth minute in front of a home crowd at the Meadow Lane Stadium.

The striker said: “The standard has been set now, I thought we were outstanding against Mansfield.

“With all the blood, thunder and guts in a derby you have to show composure and we stayed in shape and didn’t allow them many openings throughout the entire game.”

Credit: Notts County FC

This was Mackail-Smith’s first appearance in the County colours since joining the club on loan at the end of January.

He said: “I’m loving it here.

“I wanted to come and be part of the challenge and hopefully I can continue to contribute like I did on Saturday.”

This was a disappointing result for Mansfield, with boss David Flitcroft calling for a ‘massive response’ to today’s defeat.

He said: “We didn’t commit how I wanted them to commit, and we weren’t brave.

“We didn’t have the mental toughness to get on the ball and cause them problems.

“I’m bitterly disappointed with how we’ve represented here today. Our supporters have come across and paid good money to get in this stadium.”

The 4,300 Stags fans who made the journey to Notts County’s stadium were praised for their support.

Notts County, who remain bottom of the league, will face Newport on Tuesday and Mansfield will face Forest Green Rovers at home on Saturday.

By Isabelle Barker

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