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Is it just me or is it a case that Notts play better away from home? They seem burdened by the weight of expectation at home. They seem to be afraid to try things because of the crowd reaction if they don't work out. Meadow Lane should be a fortress but teams actually like going there because they know the crowd will quickly pounce on Notts if things aren't going well. The opposition feed off that and grow in confidence. Isn't it time for supporters to support the team for 90 mins at home? The fans last night were right behind the team for 90 mins and you saw the result. 

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It's been the case for so long, I actually forget the last time Notts did better at home than away from it.

Meadow Lane is a fantastic stadium, our fans can fill the stands with a great atmosphere, but it seems a select few people who are pushing this to be the case all of the time (rather than just want Notts is winning or playing well). I honestly feel, we need to be aiming for this as the standard. The 12th man can make such a vital difference, yes, ultimately it falls down to the players.

Yet I love seeing how our chants can impact the play in a positive way, it's a surging feeling.

If, Notts are to successful in any league being good at home is vital.

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We all want to see Notts being successful at Meadow Lane, I think it comes from the way the club conducts home games, they have to breath winning football and the optimism so that it makes things prepared. Being good on the pitch is only half of it.

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The season before last we were far better at home than away - we won 14 at home but just 7 away. Our away form cost us automatic promotion. But that was the first time in a long time that we'd really been better at home than away.

It's been over such a long time and with so many managers and styles of play it's hard to pinpoint why. At home you're expected to take the game to the opposition, yet we often haven't had the quality to do that successfully. Also, I think the added pressure of the crowd probably is a factor. Another reason to be positive while the players are out there on the pitch.

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think making meadow lane a fortress stems from the club wanting it, if they focused on building the pre match atmosphere and got the big flag out in the kop. it would make such a big difference, start with a roar and get the players to settle in and around the noise.

i honestly feel the indifference might be unsettling to the players.

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9 hours ago, liampie said:

think making meadow lane a fortress stems from the club wanting it, if they focused on building the pre match atmosphere and got the big flag out in the kop. it would make such a big difference, start with a roar and get the players to settle in and around the noise.

i honestly feel the indifference might be unsettling to the players.

This is a good point too, there needs to be a positive and supportive atmosphere. At too many grounds nowadays people just sullenly sit and wait for something to happen.

Maybe the atmosphere in 17-18 was more positive because people were expecting something good to happen and there was a kind of snowball effect.

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I would rather see Notts be a more fighting and physical team, than one who aims to win the majority of games at home.

Promotion winning seasons are built on wanting to succeed.

Not from wanting to create a den where the fans feel you can't lose.

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Meadow Lane needs to be the foundation of success for Notts, we take a lot of fans to away games but I strongly believe its at home where the club should enjoy the most success. Fans going to home games seeing wins will breed a positive feeling to away games, but you need a strong squad and quality on the bench to get any ball rolling. I still feel Neal Ardley is learning about the squad he has.

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Win at home builds confidence going into away games, this season we have had a good run of games at Meadow Lane. Two the club should have won, Eastleigh can be written off as opening day nerves.

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Focus on building a good squad which is competitive at any level of football that the club plays, rather than winning at Meadow Lane or away from it.

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