ON THIS DAY – MARCH 30, 2002

CHERRIES boss Sean O’Driscoll saw his side’s fast-fading survival hopes take another turn for the worse at Notts County and then admitted: “We were second best”.

Free-scoring Magpies marksman Danny Allsopp gunned down Cherries with goals either side of half-time at Meadow Lane to leave O'Driscoll’s troops nursing a 2-0 defeat, putting them four points adrift of safety in Division Two.

To compound Cherries’ problems, O’Driscoll’s side rarely looked like scoring and turned in an abysmal performance which saw them slump to their 20th league defeat of the season and their 11th on the road.

And following the final whistle, some Cherries fans turned on the team by shunning the players as they approached the visiting supporters in The Kop end to applaud them.

The defeat capped a miserable week for Cherries fans after the board decided to sell prize asset Eddie Howe to Portsmouth with five vital games remaining.

Cherries: Stewart, Young (Thomas, 84), Maher, Tindall, Purches, Elliott, C Fletcher, Hughes (Stock, 84), Cooke (Foyewa, 70), Holmes, Feeney.

Unused subs: Menetrier, McAnespie.

Referee: Bill Jordan (Tring).

Attendance: 9,014.