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Ricardo Moniz relieved after Notts County move out of Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone

27 April 2015

Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz admitted his relief after his side's 2-1 home win, as they almost let a survival-boosting victory slip through their fingers against Doncaster Rovers.

The Magpies were looking comfortable at Meadow Lane after goals in each half from Garry Thompson and Liam Noble.

But a 90th-minute penalty from Nathan Tyson, awarded after a foul on the Doncaster striker by Haydn Hollis, gave the visitors hope but the hosts held on.

With Crawley also falling to a late defeat, it means County move out of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation places on goal difference and manager Moniz conceded his side's fast start had been vital.

"We scored early and you need that because if you concede you are chasing, but on this occasion we took the initiative," he said.

"After 30 minutes we ran back too much and gave too much space to their midfield.

“[Dean] Furman was free, [Harry] Forrester went to the right and our organisation went.

"We must organise better. We must play like we are in the streets. We say 'I'll take him, you take him'.

"They showed they could play good football but after we went 2-0 up we didn't do what we had spoken about.

"They scored a penalty in the last minute and then you have a heart-attack.

"I can't have any influence over the penalty, but we showed a lack of discipline beforehand.

"But the fans got what they deserved. We gave them something and we must win their respect.

"They responded and it was pretty unique."

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