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Game 11 - The Shaymen (H)

Team: FC Halifax Town

Date: 14/09/19

Where: Meadow Lane

What line-up should Neal Ardley 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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Expecting a decent team with a bit of physicality. Had one of the best defensive records last season but didn't score many. Look like they have started to improve in the goals department as they are top scorers after 10 games.

Think Notts have shown we can stand up to teams who bring physicality as we showed against Solihull. However, we must up our passing game and be braver with the ball. More clinical forward passes to unlock defences. I know I keep saying it but it's what needs to happen. 

Also, we are not allowed to lose as this game falls on my birthday 

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This will be one of the stronger teams we will face this season we need to be focused and organised defensively and be focused up front get on to loose balls  ricochet from a save or defenders and score .. but on the other side of the coin don’t give any silly goals always. A win will breed confidence and morale will be lifted. 

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They're in good form, having won their last four games.

At the start of the season, I was told by two Halifax supporters that they had a competitive squad, with a not so attractive budget. The departure of a certain someone therefore came as a surprise, but I think as a side they play with a lot of confidence and will prove difficult to break down.

Notts needs to be matching their confidence, it's the only way to shake off the nerves properly!

If we could unleash some good shots on target from a distance, I think this could cause chaos for their keeper and defence.

Notts will either see a master class from Halifax and we'll buckle to the defence, or we'll do ourselves proud and go toe to toe. Ultimately, I see the latter ending in a draw which I would happily take. I'll say 2-2, with Booty and Thomas finding the net for us.

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We were reasonable with 11 men, and superb with 10 men. When Doyle saw red I expected the rest of the game would see us penned in our own half desperately booting it anywhere and trying to cling on for the point. It was just the opposite, we restricted Halifax to one half chance and created far better ones ourselves. We were so comfortable we could easily have won by two or three. Full marks to Ardley today, the formation we played with 10 men was spot on. For the first time this season we had a genuine shape and a pattern of play. Wootton did a great job up front on his own, and O'Brien controlled the midfield. For me, those two should share the MOM award. Halifax didn't know how to cope with it, because playing it around didn't work for them and playing long didn't work either. I was surprised how easily we kept them at bay, I don't think Slocombe had anything to do in the second half. We now have to make sure this isn't yet another false dawn because if they were second in the league on merit, we don't have a lot to fear.

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