This is a strange feeling. We’ve just been beaten. But it’s hard to feel too down trodden right now.
Port Vale (according to Colin Slater’s commentary) deservingly beat an apparently dog-tired Notts 2-1 today, our first loss in 17 games, and the first of Steve Cotterill’s reign. Thanks to some heroics from Hereford beating Rochdale though, we only need two points from our remaining three games to seal the title.
So in the grand scheme of things, and not taking anything away from Port Vale’s performance, defeat today might just be our most irrelevant result of the season.
In fact the most disappointing thing to come out of today’s result are the injuries to Ben Davies (who’s first half knock reintroduced Johnnie Jackson to the Notts lineup) and Lee Hughes with a recurrence of his recent groin trouble. Both might be considered doubts for the remaining fixtures and might be the only thing to put the skids under our campaign.
So, onwards and upwards. Darlington away on Tuesday. That selfish draw will do again leaving the title to be won at home to Cheltenham though!
One silver lining from the day, Colin Slater confirming post-match that manager Steve Cotterill’s future at Notts should be all tied up before the season’s finale at Torquay.