Allen heralds 'massive three points'

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Notts County manager Martin Allen was delighted with a 'massive three points' after his side secured a 1-0 win at Tranmere.

The only goal came as Craig Westcarr converted a 42nd minute penalty after Zoumana Bakayogo had fouled Jon Harley. The victory, that brought an end to a run of nine straight losses for County, was Allen's first as Magpies boss and lifted the club out of the League One relegation zone and two points clear of danger.

Allen said: "It is a massive three points for us. Everything was there - passion, drive, enthusiasm and resilience. You could see what it meant to get the win and I am very proud of the players. The result is a tremendous boost for everyone."

He added: "We rode our luck a little but overall it was a fantastic performance."


The only blight on County's night was Ricky Ravenhill's sending-off for a professional foul in stoppage time.

On the incident, Allen added: "I haven't got a clue about the sending off at the end but referees have a very difficult job. I thought the referee had a good game when under pressure from a huge crowd, but thankfully we have won. I am delighted to everyone and the loyal supporters who made the journey."

Tranmere manager Les Parry was disappointed with the penaly decision, and said: "It was a harsh penalty decision.

"It was a massive decision. I looked straight at the linesman and he did not give anything. The referee did not have a good game at all.

"The stats will favour us heavily but the important one is the 0-1 scoreline. I thought we played well for the whole 90 minutes without enjoying any luck at all. Their keeper pulled off three or four brilliant saves.

"We had to take our chances and we did not. We found it very frustrating. They needed a win desperately and all credit to them for achieving it. It was a stop-start second half and we just could not find the necessary impact to find a vital goal."

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