Match 02
29th August 1990
Football League Cup 1st Round 1st Leg
Notts County (home)



City really needed a win from the first leg of this League Cup tie against Notts County, one of the club's promoted from the Third Division last season. However, we had to settle for a point from an at times frantic tussle on a St James Park pitch softened by a day of heavy rain.

In all honesty, what was really lacking was a touch of composure. Too many passes from both sides were over hit and much of the play was hurried and nervy.

Notts County took the lead after 21 minutes, Mark Draper scrambling past Scott Hiley to set Kevin Bartlett up for a simple finish. City had more of the play for the rest of the first half, but with County's tight marking and five man defence goalscoring chances were very much at a premium.

City got themselves back in the game with another storming start to the second half. Unlike the Reading game, our reward was quick in coming, with Richard Dryden bravely getting his head to a corner from the left to force home an equaliser. It took a couple of minutes for Dryden to get to his feet again, but having received treatment he returned to his own half to a tremendous ovation from the 3,858 crowd. Both sides pressed forward throughout the second half in search of a winning goal, but with goalkeepers Miller and Cherry in fine form, neither team could muster the killer strike. So, with honours even after an all action cup tie at St James Park, battle recommences in six days time at Meadow Lane.



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