February 26, 2013
Magpies bite back to hold Rovers
Neal Bishop's header earned Notts County a 1-1 draw at Tranmere which kept their play-off dreams alive in manager Chris Kiwomya's first game since being handed the reins full-time.
The midfielder's second-half effort cancelled out Abdulai Bell-Baggie's first career league goal just before the half-hour for Tranmere, who failed to win at home for a fourth consecutive game.
The home side started the brighter, Michael O'Halloran running onto Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's flicked header before shooting straight at County `keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Bell-Baggie then grabbed his first goal since notching against Chesterfield in the first round of the Capital One Cup, running on to O'Halloran's pass to shoot low past the onrushing Bialkowski.
But the Magpies - who saw a Julian Kelly shot saved by Owain Fon Williams in the first half - equalised after 74 minutes when Bishop rose highest to head in Alan Judge's free-kick.
Driven on by the goal, County substitute Jeff Hughes almost grabbed a winner shortly after but his shot from the right of the box bounced back of the left post.
|Tranmere Rovers||Notts County|
|1 Owain fon Williams||1 Bartosz Bialkowski|
|5 Ian Goodison||6 Dean Leacock|
|14 Zoumana Bakayogo||3 Alan Sheehan|
|19 Michael Kay||2 Julian Kelly|
|4 Ash Taylor||20 Jamal Campbell-Ryce|
|10 Andy Robinson||28 Andre Boucaud|
|24 Paul Corry||8 Gary Liddle|
|17 Max Power||4 Neal Bishop|
|26 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro||10 Alan Judge|
|22 Abdulai Bell-Baggie||13 Francois Zoko|
|20 Michael O'Halloran||19 John Cofie|
|33 Jason Mooney||Fabian Speiss 23|
|2 Danny Holmes||Emmanuele Smith 5|
|3 Paul Black||Jeff Hughes 11|
|23 Donervorn Daniels||Hamza Bencherif 18|
|12 Danny Harrison||Yoann Arquin 15|
|18 David Amoo||Tyrell Waite 17|
|16 Cole Stockton||Jacob Blyth 29|
|Cole Stockton for Andy Robinson (11)||Jeff Hughes for Julian Kelly (63)|
|Donervorn Daniels for Ian Goodison (26)||Yoann Arquin for John Cofie (63)|
|Paul Black for Abdulai Bell-Baggie (79)||Hamza Bencherif for Francois Zoko (90)|
|Max Power (88)||Alan Judge (76)|
|· Squads: Tranmere Rovers | Notts County|