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  2. Match Report: Notts County held to stalemate at Newport County

    I understand some of your frustrations as god I've had my own recently but I've been thinking and would it be the best thing for the club to go up this year (financially in terms of income obvioisly) or would it be better to ride out the rest of the year then completely reshape the squad ready for a proper go at getting up and then staying up with only a couple of changes? If we go up with this squad then we'll have to have another massive overhaul in the summer but then pay inflated wages, we could & should be able to do that by cherry picking some of the best young players in this league and building proper momentum next year.
  3. Ratings Newport v Notts

    https://www.nottinghampost.com/sport/football/notts-county-ratings-ben-hall-1227744
  4. Ratings Newport v Notts

    Collin 5 well protected but never feel comfortable Hunt 5 Par performance but feel Tootle's ability for his forward prowess was sadly missing Duffy 6 Took an arm 5 minutes from time, a red card offence missed by an inept ref Hall 7 Ready and up for the fight Dicko 5.5 Some great breaks in the first 10 minutes,, which deliveries should have resulted in goals Husin 4.5 Pitch was difficult for the play maker. Caught a few times in possession Hewitt 5 Lost the midfield battle, too much head tennis. Needed more composure Noble 4 Always hoping for the Noble of old but not delivering Grant 5 Good free kick but really needs to hit the target Stead 5.5 Consistently fouled and had one good trade mark left foot curler saved Alessandra 4 Never tries to beat his man and looks for a safe pass. Defender then doesnt have to think what to do.
  5. I’m sorry but for me, our automatic promotion hopes are over. We’re just not good enough. No goal threat, no consistent goalscorer, Duffy falls over everytime someone sneezes near him. We’re not ruthless enough. Our away form is shocking. We’ve played 16 away games this season, we’ve won 5. 5. We’ve won only once away from home since the start of October. THAT’S NOT PROMOTION FORM. Nolan knew the risk of signing Bennett in January when he had injury problems in the past. We won’t even make the play offs at this rate. Our stubbornness and unwillingness to get our business done early in the January transfer window, our failure to sign an injury free, goalscoring, pacey frontman and the change in formation have cost us hugely. You can say look how far we’ve come all you want. It doesn’t matter how far we’ve come and where we were last year. This is 2017-18 not 2016-17. it matters where we are now and the fact is we’ve let a 9 point gap to the play-offs slip. We had something so good in our own hands and we’ve thrown it away. Feel so deflated
  6. Who was your man of the match for Notts County at Newport County?
  7. Match Discussion: Game 34 - The Exiles (A)

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newport-county-0-0-notts-14304214 Two points dropped against a one dimensional Newport team. Labadie their Motm apparently, says all you need to know
  8. Notts County have lost further ground in the race for the League Two automatic spots after being held to a 0-0 draw at Newport County on Saturday. The hosts began brightly as Padraig Amond fired over in the first 30 seconds Dan Butler and Robbie Willmott worked their way down the left flank. At the other end, Jon Stead was on hand to meet a Carl Dickinson delivery from the byline but the veteran's effort at the near post was wide. Joe Day was then tested on the quarter-hour mark when he pushed away Elliott Hewitt's drive from range as the contest subsequently become more of a war of attrition in midfield. There would be little goalmouth action until the latter stages of the first half, when Amond blazed over from a difficult angle and Jorge Grant bent a 25-yard free kick wide of the post. Neither side could find a breakthrough come the end of the opening 45 minutes and no changes were made when the restart came about. As with the first half, the game was a slow burner as both teams took a while to get back into the game. On 55 minutes Joss Labadie found the back of the net but the goal was disallowed for an infringement on Adam Collin. A quarter of an hour later, Notts spurned a great chance when Grant saw an effort blocked before the ball fell for Alessandra to fire goalwards from the edge of the area. Day managed to parry the effort, only for the ball to then fall into the path of Liam Noble, who fluffed his lines by blazing high and wide. Four minutes were added on at the end of the match, with Notts finishing brightly by winning a succession of corners, but ultimately the final whistle blew on a stalemate. Share your thoughts on the game on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  9. Match Discussion: Game 34 - The Exiles (A)

    That was terrible. Pure hoof ball... ball hardly touched the floor.
  10. Game 30 - The Us (A) Team: Cambridge United Date: 20/02/18 Where: Abbey Stadium 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? Have your say below, join in with the Pride of Nottingham match discussion.
  11. Prediction League Round 33

    Burton Albion 2-0 Nottingham Forest Fulham 1-2 Aston Villa (joker) Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Rotherham United SOuthend United 1-1 Portsmouth Crawley Town 0-2 Lincoln City Exeter City 1-3 Mansfeld Town
  12. Prediction League Round 33

    Burton Albion 2 - 1 Them Fulham 3 - 2 Aston Villa Shrewsbury Town 1 - 2 Rotherham United Southend United 3 - 1 Portsmouth (Joker) Crawley Town 2 - 0 Lincoln City Exeter City 2 - 0 Mansfield Town
  13. Prediction League Round 33

    Burton Albion 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest Fulham 3 - 2 Aston Villa Shrewsbury Town 2 - 2 Rotherham United Southend United 1 - 1 Portsmouth Crawley Town 1 - 1 Lincoln City Exeter City 2 - 2 Mansfield Town (Joker)
  14. Match Discussion: Game 34 - The Exiles (A)

    We need to make sure we treat this game properly, as if the results go our way - well we could regain some of ground we lost massively recently. Newport are there for the taking IMO, no disrespect but Barnet do have a very capable attackers. The Exiles are okay, yet they're exactly the type of team a good Notts County can keep quiet. Fingers crossed we can!
  15. Good read and bang on the money , we can't change what's gone before , but with focus can improve , it's the business end of the season we need momentum belief and unity , and consistency , COYP , we're the black and white army
  16. Alan Hardy: 'Notts County gunning for League Two top-three spot'

    we have strikers that can score and a midfield that can create but tactics which mostly involve hoofing the ball and being very inconsistent.
  17. Alan Hardy: 'Notts County gunning for League Two top-three spot'

    Of course, technically our destiny is still in our own hands but the reality is that we don’t score enough goals. In the top 4 only Stanley are on a par with us on goals scored. Luton have 72, Wycombe have 63 and we have 54. We have now lost Mason Bennett, who I really thought might be the solution to our low conversion rate. If we had, had someone to give us that extra 10 or 12 goals over the season we would be well established in second place. Since Grant’s goals dried up only Stead has stepped up to the plate. I truly hope we can push on and secure a top 3 spot but as the games go on and the performances don’t improve beyond 45 minutes (whether it be a first half or second) I can’t see us reaching automatic promotion and then the worry is could we put together a run of results to get us through the playoffs! On current form I doubt it very much....... let’s just hope someone hits a vein of goal scoring gold. Ameobi, Grant, Alessandra, Husin, Noble, anyone ? PLEASE !!!!
  18. Prediction League Round 33

    Burton 2 v 2 Forest Fulham 2 v 2 Villa Shrewsbury 1 v 0 Rotherham joker Southend 1 v 2 Portsmouth Crawley 1 v 1 Lincoln Exeter 2 v 1 Mansfield
  19. Prediction League Round 33

    Burton Albion 0 v 2 Nottingham Forest Fulham 0 v 1 Aston Villa (joker) Shrewsbury Town 1 v 0 Rotherham United Southend United 0 v 2 Portsmouth Crawley Town 1 v 0 Lincoln City Exeter City 1 v 1 Mansfeld Town
  20. Alan Hardy has stressed that Notts County's destiny is still in their own hands in terms of promotion and insists that a top-three finish in League Two remains the objective. The Magpies' league form has been patchy for a while and last week's loss to Barnet dealt a big blow, although a win against Carlisle United at Meadow Lane stabilised the ship. With Newport County away taking place today, Hardy insists Notts must just concentrate on themselves and is looking ahead to a run of games where the promotion rivals will face each other. "After the disappointment of Barnet last weekend, it was great to see us get back to winning ways against Carlisle on Tuesday night," Hardy wrote in the Nottingham Post. "It may have been incredibly tense in the latter stages of the game but full credit to Kevin and the team for getting the job done. "I can’t pretend I was cool as a cucumber when the fourth official indicated there would be seven minutes of stoppage time - where on earth all that came from I do not know - but it was a test of our resilience and concentration levels which we passed with flying colours. "With five minutes to go in normal time, I presumed we would be heading back into the top three because Wycombe were drawing 2-2 with Swindon. "Usually I’m constantly checking our rivals’ scores but I got so engrossed in the final stages of our game that I took my eyes away from goings on elsewhere. "But, after our game was over, I flicked back and couldn’t believe Wycombe had scored another last-minute goal to win 3-2. "That kept them two points ahead of us but we are hot on their heels and they will know they can’t afford to slip up because we are gunning for that top-three slot. "Our destiny is still very much in our own hands and I would rather have it that way than be relying on other teams to do us a favour. "We have the likes of Accrington and Wycombe still to play, which are going to be huge games. I suspect they will have a large bearing on where we finish in May. "But right now it’s all about concentrating on ourselves, with results - not necessarily performances - the most important thing. "I said before Tuesday’s game, when we did our pre-match Facebook live interview, that I would settle for a scrappy 1-0 win no matter how the goal was scored. It’s such an important phase of the campaign where momentum is everything." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  21. Prediction League Round 33

    Burton Albion 1 v Nottingham Forest 1 Fulham 2 v Aston Villa 3 Shrewsbury Town 2 v Rotherham United 2 Southend United 1 v Portsmouth 2 Crawley Town 1 v Lincoln City 1 Exeter City 2 v Mansfield Town 2 joker
  22. Prediction League Round 33

    Burton Albion 0-2 Nottingham Forest Fulham 0-2 Aston Villa Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Rotherham United Southend United 2-1 Portsmouth (joker) Crawley Town 1-2 Lincoln City Exeter City 2-0 Mansfeld Town
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  24. Match Discussion: Game 34 - The Exiles (A)

    I am trying to find a realistically positive outcome for this game. As usual, my heart says we’ll get something from the game but my head keeps bringing me back to Tuesdays 2nd half, backs to the wall performance. If we can’t play football we don’t perform and I can’t see us being allowed to play tomorrow. If we get a draw I think we will be lucky. If Stead scores I predict a 2 - 1 home win I am afraid. I honestly believe we need to win this, and the Cambridge game or we could be losing ground - and quickly.☹️
  25. Prediction League Round 33

    Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest 1-2 Fulham v Aston Villa 1-0 Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United 1-1 Southend United v Portsmouth 2-0 Crawley Town v Lincoln City 2-2 Exeter v Mansfeld 1-2 JOKER
  26. Head to head Notts County and Newport County have met a total of 49 times over the years, the first fixture coming in 1930, which the Magpies won 3-2. The head-to-head record is skewed in the Magpies’ favour, with 26 wins, 9 draws and 14 defeats. Our last meeting was earlier this season, a 3-0 hammering of the Exiles at Meadow Lane. Of particular note is the penultimate meeting, in May 2017, the last game of last season, and Newport won 2-1 at Rodney Parade to avoid the drop to the National League. Our record league win is against Newport – an 11-1 hammering. We have also beaten them 5-0, 6-2, 7-0, 6-0 and 8-1 over the years. Notts have only failed to score once in their last 14 meetings with the Exiles in all competitions (W8 D2 L4), netting 30 goals in those matches. Stats Newport have lost three league games on the bounce, scoring once while conceding 10. They haven't lost four in a row in League Two since January 2017 (eight games). Notts County have only won one of their last 10 League Two games on the road (D5 L4), failing to keep a single clean sheet during that spell. Jorge Grant has been directly involved in four goals in just two league appearances against Newport County for Notts County (three goals, one assist), more than he has against any other side for the Magpies. History Newport, originally nicknamed "The Ironsides" due to Newport being home to Lysaght's Orb Works steel works, started out in the Southern League in 1912 at Somerton Park. The official name of the club was The Newport & Monmouth County Association Football Club, although the shorter Newport County was soon adopted. The club were reformed in 1919 and were first elected to the Football League in 1920. Newport were Welsh Cup winners in 1980 and subsequently reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup in 1981. The club was relegated from the Football League in 1988 and went out of business in February 1989, but reformed shortly afterwards and entered the English football league system at a much lower level. In 2013 the club then won promotion back to the Football League for the first time since 1988. In the 1970s and 1980s comedian Frank Carson was appointed as a Director and Vice President in order to raise the profile of the club. Newport-based rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain are also supporters of the club and were the team's shirt sponsors for the 2004–05 season FAW Premier Cup matches. Team news Newport are without defender Scot Bennett for Notts County's visit in Sky Bet League Two. Newport defender - and former Notts player - Scot Bennett will be out after suffering a hamstring injury and won't be back for four to eight weeks. Mark O'Brien is set to return as Exiles boss Michael Flynn ponders switching to three at the back following Tuesday's 5-0 thrashing at Mansfield Town. Veteran striker Paul Hayes is fit again after a groin problem, while Josh Sheehan and Emmanuel Osadebe could bolster the midfield. Notts manager Kevin Nolan must decide whether to restore 17-goal top scorer Jorge Grant to the starting line-up after he looked jaded over the last few weeks. Alan Smith should return to the squad after being on antibiotics, while Shaun Brisley missed out in midweek through illness and might struggle to regain his place as Brighton loanee Ben Hall did well on his debut. Share your thoughts about this Stat Attack on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  27. Prior to this past Tuesday’s game against Carlisle United at Meadow Lane, Kevin Nolan spoke about how there was ‘no mini crisis' happening at Meadow Lane. At a glance, it does seem that the two home game defeats against Crawley Town and Exeter City could be labelled down to a mistake in switching from a successful formation, whereby the tactics truly did work well with our system. However, the post-match interview did leave some questions when Nolan himself ranted about ‘the players don’t listen’, ‘we would have been okay if they had’ and that he believed some of them had started believing ‘their own hype’. The majority of fans I know merely don’t want to see Notts lose their focus, which for me has been the case – I feel the poor performances in recent weeks stem from a lack of confidence. Meanwhile, the heavy defeat in the FA Cup is something which would have naturally impacted on the players' confidence, yet provided we cover the basics and work hard – Notts should be fine. This season has seen some amazing results and for a while it seemed unlike Notts – yet again in the recent weeks things have been very disappointing. The nonsense after losing two games really disappointed me, as for the first time this highlighted how we had lost or focus on what really mattered. Focusing on ‘some’ silly comments and projecting them as if the majority of fans wanted Kevin Nolan out just seemed quite surreal for what seemed like a small error on the manager's part – again most people just feel like the league table position is something we need to fight for. It’s vital we regain some consistency within League Two, whilst ensuring focus and improved performances. This is the stage of the campaign whereby clubs that lose their momentum really do struggle and I do believe that we are capable of continuing the form. Coming into the 2017-18 season I would have happily accepted mid-table and, truth be told, I still would – provided that everyone within the Notts County camp fought for it. I wouldn’t really say we have been unlucky, some may say that we should have beaten Swansea City in the first tie and this would be fair – yet the two defeats from the formation switch in my eyes really did impact the harmony of the squad. Especially at a point when new faces were coming into the squad and then we reverted away from something we had been incredibly successful with. I also personally hope that this recent thing is nothing more than just a loss of focus from the pressure which is mounting on the club – the level of expectations might have increased but honestly most fans I know are sensible and will back the club wholeheartedly. It’s time to see Notts return to improving, focusing on what they did right in the earlier part of the season and hopefully we can cut down on the changes being made to the starting line-up. Fingers crossed this virus issue goes away, yet for me this cannot be used as an excuse. I am hopeful that a win against Newport County might bring a fresh amount of belief within the club and, that we might be able to focus on our away form which hasn’t been the best this season. It’s important we have a real crack at securing promotion this term and, I only believe it’s possible with the right focus. So let’s forget the past few weeks, let’s avoid blaming the match officials and lets just drive Notts across the finish line. COYP! Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
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