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  2. Prediction League Round 20

    Burton Albion 1-1 SunderlandFulham 2-1 MillwallFleetwood Town 0-0 BlackpoolNorthampton Town 2-0 BuryExeter City 0-2 Accrington Stanley (joker)Swindon Town 1-0 Newport County
  3. Prediction League Round 20

    Burton Albion 2 - 2 Sunderland Fulham 2 - 1 Millwall Fleetwood Town 1 - 2 Blackpool(Joker) Northampton Town 1 - 0 Bury Exeter 2 - 2 Accrington Stanley Swindon Town 1 - 0 Newport County
  4. We're 19 games into the season and top spot in League Two keeps changing hands more often than a game of "pass the parcel". Notts County were top of the table until Tuesday night, when a 1-1 draw at Yeovil Town saw Luton Town return to the top on goal difference. But this weekend we go again and the team standing between the Magpies and three points is Colchester United, who currently sit in a very healthy ninth place in the standings. How should Notts line up against the U's? What's their style of play and how can we counter it in order to be most effective and clinch victory? PON's Chris aims to answer these questions in this Scouting Report. History Notts County have met Colchester United 43 times over the years, all league encounters except for one Sherpa Vans Trophy tie in 1988. The Magpies are in front when it comes to head-to-head, having won 21 games to Colchester's 15, with seven draws. The first fixture between Notts and Colchester took place on 23 February 1959 at Layer Road, a Division Three clash which finished 4-1 to the U's. The last fixture was last season on 1 April, the Magpies winning 3-1 at Meadow Lane. All league encounters between the two have never taken place higher than the third tier. Run-down of their last six features Tuesday 17th October – Newport County 1 Colchester United 2 Saturday 21st October – Coventry City 0 Colchester United 0 Saturday 28th October – Colchester United 3 Crewe Alexandra 1 Saturday 11th November – Barnet 0 Colchester United 1 Saturday 18th November – Colchester United 0 Morecombe 0 Tuesday 21st November – Colchester United 1 Lincoln City 0 The Players – Fact Sheet Highest Goal Scorers: Sammie Szmodics 7, Mikael Mandron 6, Kyel Reid 3 and Ryan Jackson 2. Persistent Foulers: Tom Lapslie 6 yellow cards and 1 red card, Mikael Mandron 4 yellow cards and 1 red card, Lewis Kinsella 4 yellow cards and Doug Loft 4 yellow cards. The Key Players Mikael Mandron is a versatile player, who can play out wide or up front. He’s a player that Notts will have to mark wisely, as he will cause some trouble if allowed to find space. In an attacking midfield position Sammie Szmodics is capable of lashing a shot towards goal from distance; he’s also a threat during set pieces and from corner kicks. Lastly at the back Tom Eastman tends to lead the line and offers something to both Colchester United going forward and protecting the back. Style of Play, Strengths, and Weaknesses Colchester United like to get the ball out wide where they have pace, whilst showing determination to take on the opposition with direct runs. They also tend to knock it back into the centre of the park where again they like to run in order to create chances and find space. They can carefully craft chances whilst not being afraid to be patient within their build up play. The majority of chances fall just outside the opposition area where they aren’t afraid to have a pop at goal – which will be a test for Notts to ensure they close them down early as possible. Tactically they build in the right way, showing a nice mixture of styles and methods in order to create organic chances. However, they’re prone to wasting chances but nonetheless they’re a team to be wary of. At the back they are quite solid and well organised, teams find it hard to gain space – whilst breaking them down isn’t easy at all. They hide their weaknesses well, which teams often explore during the half way period on how to exactly attack them – this will be a good test for the creative players within the Magpies’ ranks and the centre pairing within midfield will need to be knocking on Colchester’s door in terms of causing them problems. I can’t see many one-on-ones being created, so Notts may be force into drawing fouls for free kicks or taking shots themselves from distance. Share your thoughts about this Scouting Report 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.
  5. Notts County have met Colchester United 43 times over the years, all league encounters except for one Sherpa Vans Trophy tie in 1988. The Magpies are in front when it comes to head-to-head, having won 21 games to Colchester's 15, with seven draws. The first fixture between Notts and Colchester took place on 23 February 1959 at Layer Road, a Division Three clash which finished 4-1 to the U's. The last fixture was last season on 1 April, the Magpies winning 3-1 at Meadow Lane. All league encounters between the two have never taken place higher than the third tier. History Colchester United Football Club is a baby in English football club terms, having been born in 1937. However, Colchester Town Football Club, the club's predecessor, was around since 1873. Despite dwindling crowds in the mid-1930s, though, they refused to follow its neighbours Ipswich Town in turning professional, much to the disapproval of its fans and players. As a result, Colchester United was formed, with the intention of playing professionally, and went on from strength to strength while its stubborn neighbour fell into decline and eventually folded. Colchester United are responsible for one of the FA Cup's greatest ever upsets, when, in February 1971, they defeated the infamous Don Revie's Leeds United, an established top flight side who would finish second that season, by three goals to two. The U's were in the fourth division at the time. The U's won the Football League Trophy (now the Johnstone's Paint Trophy) in 1996-97. and also compete in a competition called the Essex Senior Cup, a tournament contested by mostly non-league clubs within the region (Colchester usually field a youth/reserve team for this), winning this trophy back in 2009-10. Micky Cook holds the all time club record for appearances with Colchester, having played nearly 700 games between 1969 and 1984. Notable former players include Titus Bramble, Alec Chamberlain, Mark Kinsella, Kevin Lisbie and Newcastle cult hero Lomana LuaLua. The town of Colchester is said to be the oldest recorded town in Britain on the grounds that it was mentioned by Pliny the Elder, who died in AD 79. It was for a time the capital of Roman Britain, and is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Since 2006, Colchester has been one of 12 places in the UK where Royal Salutes are fired to mark Royal anniversaries and visits by foreign heads of state. Team news Notts County are assessing Jon Stead ahead of Saturday's game after suffering a dead leg in the draw with Yeovil in midweek. Magpies manager Kevin Nolan fears that the game at Meadow Lane could come too quickly for the veteran striker to be involved. Jonathan Forte, who replaced Stead at Huish Park and scored the opening goal, took a hit to the face at Huish Park but he is expected to be alright to play. Shola Ameobi was rested against Yeovil but he will return to contention for the weekend when Notts look to protect their unbeaten league record at Meadow Lane this season. In-form Colchester will check on the fitness of winger Doug Loft ahead of the trip to Meadow Lane. Loft was recalled to the side for the midweek win over Lincoln but was forced off late in the first half because of a shoulder problem. Midfielder Sean Murray is stepping up his recovery following knee surgery along with forward Kurtis Guthrie, who has been sidelined by long-term ankle trouble. Winger Brennan Dickenson, club captain Luke Prosser and midfielder Courtney Senior are all working their way back from respective knee problems. Share your thoughts about this Stat Attack 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.
  6. Prediction League Round 20

    Burton Albion 1 v 1 Sunderland Fulham 1 v 0 Millwall Fleetwood Town 2 v 2 Blackpool Northampton Town 1 v 2 Bury Exeter City 1 v 1 Accrington Stanley (Joker) Swindon Town 2 v 0 Newport County
  7. Kevin Nolan is optimistic that Notts County duo Adam Collin and Michael O'Connor will come back to the “top of their game” after providing an update on their return from long-term injuries. O’Connor has been sidelined since April because of a serious knee injury, while Collin has been absent after suffering a knee injury of his own in last month’s win over Barnet. "Michael has been on an anti-gravity treadmill which has allowed him to run in straight lines," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "Losing him was a massive blow to us and having him in the squad this year would have put us on another level because of his quality and what he brings to the team. "Adam's swelling has gone down and he's meeting with the specialist so we will have more news soon. “We're hopeful he will come out of the brace so he can start getting back to work sooner rather than later. "He has been fantastic since I walked through the door and he has taken his performances to another level this season after finishing last season strongly. "The most important thing is we get them back at the top of their game and we are not putting them under any stress to ensure there is no recurrence of their injuries. "They're two massive characters but it's brilliant to see how well the lads have coped without them." 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.
  8. Prediction League Round 20

    Burton Albion 1-2 SunderlandFulham 2-1 MillwallFleetwood Town 1-1 BlackpoolNorthampton Town 2-0 BuryExeter City 2-2 Accrington StanleySwindon Town 2-0 Newport County (joker)
  9. Should Forte be in our plans?

    He's the most natural striker we have and should be utilised far more, but there is something that Nolan doesn't like about him, so he will most likely be gone in January which will be a shame as I have some fond memories of him in his earlier spells with the club. We'll sign a striker in January, but I bet he won't be a natural goalscorer, more again of the Stead/Shola mould.
  10. I go to very few away games nowadays, not like the 90s when I went to every home and most away games from September onwards (always saw out the cricket season first). I think I lost the appetite for it during the trust years and haven't really regained it and I also have a wife who hates football, so I think it is only respectful to spend some time with her at the weekends!!
  11. Shaun Brisley: 'I am enjoying my football at Notts County'

    Like him , does the simple thing good steady defender and gives us an extra threat at set plays , proved to be a good addition in my opinion .
  12. Kevin Nolan: 'Richard Duffy has been fantastic this year'

    I don't quite agree, he's been better and slightly decent - yet frequently he costs us results by making poor decisions or by not defending at all. Brisley has been much better and this is his first season.
  13. Kevin Nolan has expressed his wholehearted support for Richard Duffy after the Notts County captain conceded a penalty at Yeovil Town on Tuesday night. The Magpies had edged ahead through Jonathan Forte at Huish Park but were pegged back after Duffy brought down Francois Zoko in the area and the ex-Notts forward converted from the spot for a 1-1 final result. Nolan admits that the Welshman was upset with himself over the decision, but said such slip-ups happen and insisted that the defender's positive contributions over the course of the season have been plentiful. “Richard was disappointed because he gave the penalty away, but it happens,” the manager told the Nottingham Post. “He has kept us in games and has been fantastic this year. He is our skipper and we are all in it together. We all win together, we all lose together, we all draw together. “But, at the end of the day, I am at that happy medium again where I am not going to get too disheartened about Tuesday. “I was just disappointed for the lads because I felt they had done enough to come away with three points.” 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.
  14. Two tickets for Notts County's League Two encounter against Crawley Town are up for grabs as part of a fundraising drive for St John's Ambulance. Simon Murray was given two tickets for the fixture, scheduled for 6 January at Meadow Lane, by the club with the aim of raising money for the cause. He got in touch via Pride of Nottingham to promote a charity raffle, which can be entered with a donation of just £3. Simon, an Everton fan living in Nottingham, wrote on the PON forum: "Your club have been kind enough to donate two home match tickets for your match against Crawley Town to me, as I'm raising funds for St John's Ambulance. "I am hoping to get enough interest to raffle the tickets off via your forum. All 'sales' will essentially be a donation directly to my JustGiving page. "I've used my extremely limited knowledge of your current squad (gathered from a combination of seeing you dispatch a young Everton side in the EFL trophy, sitting through a 1-0 win over Swindon in the pouring rain, and a bunch of Channel 5 highlights), and thrown in a few apparent club legends (based solely on Wikipedia), to gather a list of 20 names. "The idea is that you donate £3 to the page, and pick a player from the list. Once all names have gone, I'll add them all to the following website, and generate a winner. "I've got a voucher from the club at the moment. I can contact them and leave the contact details of the winner for collection (I will send the covering letter and voucher in the post as well), or can arrange to collect the tickets myself and post them out. I've attached a picture of the letter received, just to give peace of mind. "All help and support is very much appreciated. I'll be sure to check back regularly and mark what names have gone. The closing date for entry is 17th December 2017, and I will draw from whatever names have been sold on this date." To see the names that are still available, and for more information, here is the link for the original post on the PON forum. Speaking to Simon, he told PON of his decision to share his fundraising on this site: "I had a look over a couple of forums, but this one seemed like an active and friendly bunch. Reminds me of the old days of a since disbanded Everton forum ran on the Bluekipper fan site. Despite Kieran Dowell's efforts for Forest I think County have definitely become my adopted team of the area after the generosity of the club and yourselves!" With the Magpies continuing to go from strength to strength under Kevin Nolan and boasting impressive home form, the opportunity to win two tickets for just £3 is one not to be missed! But don't forget - the closing date is Sunday 17 December so get in there quick! Chris and JJ have already made donations, and with all the great work St John's Ambulance does, it's a very noble cause that deserves all our support! 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.
  15. Does winning impact the amount of away games you do?

    As an exile it's a moot point for me anyway. But generally speaking, if we're struggling and going to matches feels like a chore, I'm more likely to give myself a weekend off and do other things instead. I never did while I was still in England but it might be different now when I've got more stuff going on in my life. As many people have season tickets they keep going regardless, but it must be very easy to take an away game off with all the costs and travelling involved. All totally understandable. What I don't understand is when people travel five hours to an away match and then, with the result still in the balance, leave ten minutes early to beat the traffic!
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  17. Should Forte be in our plans?

    I feel he's got a lot of strengths which we lack currently. Honestly, I think Smith got the break due to his cup performances and the fact we need a stronger character up top. I don't remotely think it means that Nolan is pushing him out of the door, this would be quite a silly move - unless Forte wanted to go (which I would understand). He's not getting the game time he probably wants, yet I agree with those who believe he should be implemented more wisely into the squad. There's the 'motivation' tag that he gets, this seems fair enough but he seems to do well when given a chance. He might be the impact sub type of player, yet I think it's for the management team to get the most out of him.
  18. Should Forte be in our plans?

    I think Forte and Shola are a better duo than Stead and Shola ( Shola and Stead are too similar and offer no variety)
  19. Prediction League Round 20

    Burton Albion v Sunderland 0-1Fulham v Millwall 2-0Fleetwood Town v Blackpool 1-1Northampton Town v Bury 0-2Exeter City v Accrington 2-1 JokerSwindon Town v Newport County 3-1
  20. Should Forte be in our plans?

    I think he needs to be, specially if Steads going to be out.
  21. No, not winning. It plays no impact on the games I attend at all.
  22. If he wants to leave he can p*** off back to Forest where they won't play him.
  23. Shaun Brisley: 'I am enjoying my football at Notts County'

    He's a very comfortable defender at this level.
  24. Nah, I get what you mean - it can be depressing but I could never attend games based on if we would win or if we are winning. A few years ago I went to the majority of home and away games, I was bitten by the football bug but sadly most things these days involve the cost and other justifications. If I have the time and money, I will go. I miss going to games, but if winning bothered me I wouldn't have had a season ticket for all the years I have done.
  25. Should Forte be in our plans?

    Forte is class when he's on fire. Fans don't judge players in the same way and they seem harsher on those who deliver a higher level of expectation. When Forte scores people love him, when he doesn't people turn offensive and call him crap. Nolan needs to learn to get the best out of every player rather than a select few, don't get me wrong he's done a great job with players Tootle, Duffy (to a point) and Collin but certain people seem to have bigger hoops to jump. It just seems very unfair to me.
  26. Match Discussion: Game 20 - The U's (H)

    Two half of good performances would be nice. The levels drop and its either a good first half and a poor second, or a poor first and a fantastic second. Those stupid flag runners best not be there, I think its daft for a team like ours.
  27. Match Discussion: Game 20 - The U's (H)

    I would prefer Ameobi and Forte on rotation with Stead. Forte needs to play over Alessandra or Smith, they just don't work hard enough up front.
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