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Things are looking very good right now, performance wise Notts seems fired up and, Meadow Lane is quickly becoming a fortress.

Neal Ardley's position seems to be secure, despite some concerns early on by some fans.

Team wise, we have depth and have managed the 'injury crisis' that certain areas of the media attempted to push, perhaps as a way to excuse the defeats? Either way, it never seemed liked a major issue at all.

The injury to Jim O'Brien and return of Sheffield United youngest Sam Graham seemed the only genius issues Ardley faced.

We've seen that Mitch Rose can partner pretty much anyone in the centre of midfield, Pierce Bird can come in and do a steady job. The depth that Sean Shields and Richard Brindley highlights we have cover, in terms of quality and players able to come in at any point.

A few bad results, may creep in some nerves but I feel most fans are optimistic right now.

Importantly, the belief and feeling that Notts is able to do well had returned.

How do you feel currently?

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im just pleased for that things are looking up, the club seems a million miles away from the last two owners, especially hardy. football wise its coming along, players seems confident and the results have been good.

the club just needs to continue working hard, but im pleased most for ardley because he seems to have handled the pressure well.

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From where we were in July to where we are now, I don't think any Notts fan can be disappointed with the progress we have made, I would be a little happier if we could win a few more away games (starting against Chesterfield) but overall, we are doing OK and should hopefully have a steady season and push on next year.

This league is so tight and competitive though with there only being 4 points between 4th and 14th. There are some half decent sides in it and you have the likes of Chesterfield still struggling, which so easily could have been us.

Overall, I'm happy at the moment that Ardley appears to be getting the best of the players, but I'm also a realist and know that we won't go up.


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It really is not surprising to me that things have turned round. The impatience and unrealistic expectations of too many fans was the only thing that I was annoyed about.

With no squad to speak of a week before the season kicking off Ardley and Cox were always up against it. The problem they have now will again be an unrealistic expectation that we may be promoted by Christmas!!!!

we all need to keep our feet on the ground, there will be bumps in the road but we are hopefully looking towards a brighter future.

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I'm delighted. To be quite honest I was expecting us to be in or around the bottom four, I'd really braced myself for a grim season. I was relieved just to be starting on 0 points and not -12.

While it's a tight league and we're still only three points ahead of 14th, there are lots of positives: we have a good squad with real alternatives in nearly every position, so there is also competition for places. We're hard to beat - 4 defeats in 17, two of them when our players barely knew each others' names.

Avoiding a relegation fight was my first target, and we're currently 11 points clear. Maybe I'm getting carried away, but surely I'm not the only one who is now wondering whether more is in it this season. We all know that this division is difficult to get out of, Luton and Tranmere both got more than 90 points and still missed out on promotion. But is there an outstanding team this season? There are two promotion spots, someone has to fill them.

Whatever happens, let's just cheer the boys on, win some matches and see where it takes us. But I certainly have a better feeling about things.

If all else fails, at least we are all picking up supporter brownie points by rotting in the Conference. In the future, in better days, we'll be able to win arguments simply by dropping the line "So where were you at Dover?" :D

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We've progressed really well. Things have settled down quite quickly and well and the team looks like it has now gelled. 

I would have taken a mid-table season at the start of the season but now Notts have got themselves into a position to challenge for promotion, let's go for it.

We've improved game on game and we are controlling games, getting on the front foot and making chances. Neal Ardley's style of play has emerged from the team in the last month. We just need to get a bit quicker with our passing but on the whole it is pleasing to see a Notts team play a passing game very well. 

Despite having to sign players late, we have bought in some good players. Regan Booty could be a brilliant find. Exactly the sort of forward thinking and forward passing midfielder we've needed for years. Ben Turner, Connell Rawlinson and Sam Slocombe have been solid. 

Kyle Wootton has been great since he signed. We are playing to Kristian Dennis' strengths as well and that has meant his goals have gone up from last season.

Promotion is not an unrealistic aim now. We have progressed better than I expected. We have our club back


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I think I missed this originally, but I still feel confident that the form is good enough to push into the playoffs.

I don't think the club will win the league, unless they find themselves playing extremely well which I do not see happening away from home. I'm happy though, it's good to have our club back.

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