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Play-off semi-final Second leg:The Sky Blues (H)

Team: Coventry City

Date: 18/05/18

Where: Meadow Lane

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What line-up should Kevin Nolan opt for? What will be the key areas for the Magpies to get a victory? What do you think the final score will be?

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I think the hardest part about the playoffs is the fact we started away from home, but having gone there and done well. I feel we have an incredible advantage now - I know it's annoying that we didn't get our deserved win but I firmly believe we are stronger for what happened.

As a player injustice must push you and drive you to be the best that you can be?

I know I'll play my role on Friday as I sing on the lads, but I am actually looking forward to the game and I feel if we box Coventry in we'll easily control the game. It would be great to hear Meadow Lane buzzing, so let's make it happen!

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We need to go with the same team, I hope Forte is fit to play, really looking forward to the match but the old cliche is true, it’s only half time, we can’t turn up and think it’s job done, 100% passion, commitment and determination needed on and off the field.

COME ON YOU PIES!!

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Coventry will no doubt bring 90,000 supporters to Meadow Lane since they are the greatest fanbase in world football and have literally one song. 

Same team but Alessandra in for Virtue. Maybe Ameobi in for Stead

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I think we need to put out the same team and formation .. if we play like we did in the first leg we can win that  penalty was not deserved and shouldn’t of been a penalty.. we played well and I have a feeling it’s our time and our turn ..! COYP

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7 hours ago, PON_News said:

What line-up should Kevin Nolan opt for? What will be the key areas for the Magpies to get a victory? What do you think the final score will be?

I'd put Ameobi in for Stead and Hawkridge for Virtue.

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coventry fans want us to lie down because they feel their clubs bigger but after drawing t them, i want to see notts take them on and show just how good we are as team. i am hoping to see one of the better performances by notts this season.

2-0 notts for me.

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The occasion has the potential to get very messy.

I expect Coventry to throw everything they have at us but I would like to see the referee offer protection to all the players involved. If any of the Notts plays had done what Davies did I would have been mad. Just put a spectacular show on lads, Notts fans will roar you to Wembley. Just don't bottle it in front of a sold out crowd!

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On 5/14/2018 at 19:53, NcfcT4 said:

I'd put Ameobi in for Stead and Hawkridge for Virtue.

We have to play Stead and Forte up top.

Save Ameobi for the second half where he will be much more useful. Hawkridge for Virtue I agree with, not the biggest fan of the Liverpool loanee.

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Forte will be out injured and I now worry we are back to no pace up front and will be unlikely to score.

i would play Alessandra in Forte’s place and Hawkridge in place of Virtue.

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1 hour ago, Truefootballfan said:

Forte will be out injured and I now worry we are back to no pace up front and will be unlikely to score.

i would play Alessandra in Forte’s place and Hawkridge in place of Virtue.

Latest comments from Hardy and Nolan say he is fine to play and the only choice now is Shola or Stead.

Hooe this is the case or as you say, pace is a massive issue!

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23 minutes ago, hissingdwarf said:

Latest comments from Hardy and Nolan say he is fine to play and the only choice now is Shola or Stead.

Hooe this is the case or as you say, pace is a massive issue!

I really hope he’s fit too, if he isn’t I don’t think they would let the world know anyway they won’t want to give out team news before the match, it’d give Coventry time to prepare.

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29 minutes ago, Fan of Big Tone said:

I really hope he’s fit too, if he isn’t I don’t think they would let the world know anyway they won’t want to give out team news before the match, it’d give Coventry time to prepare.

Full of optimism tonight I see @Fan of Big Tone! 😂😂😂

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I can see the game being forced into extra time, potentially penalties too.

My nervous wont take it if I am right.

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On 5/16/2018 at 21:14, Truefootballfan said:

Forte will be out injured and I now worry we are back to no pace up front and will be unlikely to score.

i would play Alessandra in Forte’s place and Hawkridge in place of Virtue.

alessandra could not hit a barn door tho, hes best on the wing imo.

i know we need some pace up front but kn could just drop grant behind stead and ameobi.

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I'm starting to get more excited, yet my nerves are creeping in. I am confident, there's no doubt that I believe we can do this but it all depends on how we go into the game and of course how the referee performs. Either way, I hope we can remain behind the players for 90% - singing our hearts out. We need to make the most of this, after all the disappointment in recent years... FINALLY WE ARE LOOKING UPWARDS.

Lets do ourselves proud. COYP!

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I'm not going to dwell on the decisions.

I want to recall my birthday in the best possible way and, I feel by focusing on the negatives that it will ruin my current mood - along with my reflections of the game which was fantastic to even be in the playoffs.

Coventry looked good, nice movement and Meadow Lane really suited their play. They came here wanting a victory and they started off brightly, I feel they dominated the first half and made us look like we wasn't even in their same class. I fear we struggled to adapt to their game plan and the marking wasn't the best, although I praise Brisley and Duffy. They tried, and it was slick movement which punished us.

Second half I felt proud watching Notts fight, it really was the response I wanted to see.

I felt we played better then Coventry until certain decisions went against us and the officials ruined the game from there. I can't respect any of the loud mouth Coventry fans which forget about what football truly is - I hope they get fined for breaching our pitch and for all the flares/smoke bombs they let off. Most of all I can't stand how they tried to humiliate Kevin Nolan. That for me will never be forgotten and they're quite clearly poor winners.

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17 minutes ago, Chris said:

Most of all I can't stand how they tried to humiliate Kevin Nolan. That for me will never be forgotten and they're quite clearly poor winners.

I agree, I was really near the dug outs and when the Coventry fans were taunting him you could see how he was hurting, he wears his heart on his sleeve, I was so sorry for him.

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1 hour ago, Fan of Big Tone said:

I agree, I was really near the dug outs and when the Coventry fans were taunting him you could see how he was hurting, he wears his heart on his sleeve, I was so sorry for him.

I tried speaking to him after the game, he didn't seem all that pleased but he kindly posed for a photo with @super_pie and his two friends.

It was horrible, I hope Mark Robins is looking forward to the same treatment because when they turn - it will be him next and I hope they lose to Exeter (as they don't deserve to go to Wembley at all IMO). It may sound bitter, I just believe a better side would have been more graceful.

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11 minutes ago, Chris said:

I tried speaking to him after the game, he didn't seem all that pleased but he kindly posed for a photo with @super_pie and his two friends.

It was horrible, I hope Mark Robins is looking forward to the same treatment because when they turn - it will be him next and I hope they lose to Exeter (as they don't deserve to go to Wembley at all IMO). It may sound bitter, I just believe a better side would have been more graceful.

 Well to be honest that’s what a lot of football fans are like these days, if we’d been winning 4-1 some of our fans would’ve been giving Robins grief, I’m sure there were some Coventry fans who were cringing at the chants.

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5 minutes ago, Fan of Big Tone said:

 Well to be honest that’s what a lot of football fans are like these days, if we’d been winning 4-1 some of our fans would’ve been giving Robins grief, I’m sure there were some Coventry fans who were cringing at the chants.

Some of our lot maybe, yet the only time it's really seen is when it's deserved. Those chants like 'your getting sacked in the morning'.

We did better than Coventry this season and, Notts achieved something special by being top for so long. I feel there's no justification for showing off for the cameras and the Coventry fans never really sang. Only when they scored or as they won, whereas the Kop did try.

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Michael O'Connor made a world of difference after coming on.

The second half is how we should have approached both halfs, keep the ball on the ground and push Coventry back. If the goal Forte scored had of stood, it would have completely changed the dynamics of the game. Its hard not to feel hard done by after both legs but I accept defeat.

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First half, we looked like we was fazed by the occasion. First goal, 3 defenders around Biamou no one at back post that was bad but once Grant got that goal we had so much momentum going into the second half it was shown when Forte scored. But having that goal wrongly chalked off and then there 3rd goal wrongly given as twice offside that took the wind from our sales and I think the players heads dropped. Bad decisions in both legs. We might of lost 4-1 but that didn't reflect the game if we had VAR both games we would of been at Wembley. No peno first leg go into 2nd with 1-0 lead, Forte goal to make it 2-2 would of gone on to win it. 

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