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Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has claimed that his players will learn a lot from their second 4-1 loss in a row in Saturday's pre-season friendly loss to Leicester City.
Lewis Alessandra gave the Magpies the lead but, despite putting in a much improved performance to the game against Derby County last week, the Foxes struck back through Wes Morgan, Hamza Choudhury, Demarai Gray and Islam Slimani.
"There was lots of good stuff to come out of it," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "We played some really good stuff at times.
"We expected the quality they brought. I've just said to the lads, that's what happens when you play top opposition.
"They're Premier League players and they'll do what they've done today. They've capitalised on mistakes.
"They've scored from a corner and then two minutes later we've given the ball away (and Leicester scored). They'll punish you.
"That's what it's all about. They've shown some lovely finishes, but we'll learn from that."
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Kevin Nolan has admitted that Notts County were like "rabbits in the headlights" when they had possession against Derby County and wants more confidence from them ahead of the Leicester City friendly.
The Magpies lost 4-1 against the Rams last week and Nolan gave a scathing assessment of his players, and although he admitted that they've been put through their paces this week, he wants a better performance on Saturday.
“I am looking for them to be tighter and that they don’t switch off as much,” he told the Nottingham Post.
“But they’ve had a tough week and they will be playing with tired minds.
“I want us to relax when we get the ball back and try to keep it in certain areas.
“I thought we turned the ball over quite cheaply at times on Saturday.
“But when we did keep it, we actually did some good stuff with it.
“I want them to believe in themselves because it looked like they were rabbits in the headlights when they got possession back.
“We have tried a few things to drill into them so they can learn from it and hopefully it bodes well for Saturday.”
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Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has revealed that Kristian Dennis is in line for his first pre-season appearance this weekend.
The forward, who scored 21 goals for Chesterfield last season, missed the Magpies' opening three friendlies due to injury.
However, Dennis is now back to fitness and Nolan says he will be involved against Leicester City on Saturday at Meadow Lane.
"He's back," Nolan told the official club website.
"We were gutted when we realised he wasn't going to be with us for the last week or two but he's come back and really had a good go.
"He's settled in well with the lads and I'm really looking forward to seeing him play at the weekend.
"He comes alive in the box. What we've got to do is make sure we're ready to supply him with lots of touches in that area. I'm sure he'll get his rewards.
"But it's the same with the others. Jon Stead is at the front in all the running at the minute. You wouldn't have thought he's 35 - it's unbelievable. He's come back absolutely flying.
"Kane Hemmings looked really sharp when he came on last week, too. It's competition for places - it's what we want."
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Joe Jones
Notts County have signed midfielder Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, the brother of Liverpool and England player Alex, on a two-year deal from Portsmouth.
The 20-year-old becomes a Magpies player when his Fratton Park contract expires at the end of this month.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be fit for the next couple of weeks as he is recovering from a broken leg sustained towards the end of last season.
“When I played in the FA Cup here last season, I caught the eye of the manager,” he told the official Notts site. “It just went from there really.
“Notts got in touch with my side and Portsmouth didn’t want to offer me another contract, so I was was very happy to sign here.
“The manager wants me to push on and challenge the right-back and give him some competition.
“It is a good move for me to get out of my comfort zone and try and prove myself somewhere else and promotion is what we should be looking for."
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Notts County will take on Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Newcastle United's academy side in the group stage of the EFL Trophy.
The Magpies have been placed in Group G of the competition’s Northern section.
The 48 EFL clubs have been placed into pre-determined groups, with consideration given to ensure travel time is minimised for supporters and recovery time is maximised for players.
Players from EFL clubs who are out on loan in the National League and below are now eligible to feature in the competition.
Meanwhile, invited teams have been restricted to fielding two players over the age of 21 and more than 40 first-team appearances.
Lincoln City are currently the holders of the trophy after beating Shrewsbury Town at Wembley last season.
The EFL Trophy gets underway commencing the 3rd of September.
Northern section
Group A
Carlisle United
Morecambe
Sunderland
Stoke Under-21s
Group B
Bury
Fleetwood Town
Rochdale
Leicester Under-21s
Group C
Accrington Stanley
Blackpool
Macclesfield Town
West Brom Under-21s
Group D
Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury
Tranmere Rovers
Manchester City Under-21s
Group E
Burton Albion
Port Vale
Walsall
Middlesbrough Under-21s
Group F
Barnsley
Bradford City
Oldham Athletic
Everton Under-21s
Group G
Doncaster Rovers
Notts County
Grimsby Town
Newcastle Under-21s
Group H
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
Scunthorpe United
Wolves Under-21s
Southern section
Group A
Crawley Town
Gillingham
Portsmouth
Tottenham Under-21s
Group B
Cambridge United
Colchester United
Southend United
Southampton Under-21s
Group C
Newport County
Plymouth Argyle
Swindon Town
Chelsea Under-21s
Group D
Bristol Rovers
Exeter City
Yeovil Town
West Ham Under-21s
Group E
Cheltenham Town
Coventry City
Forest Green Rovers
Arsenal Under-21s
Group F
Northampton Town
Oxford United
Wycombe Wanderers
Fulham Under-21s
Group G
AFC Wimbledon
Charlton
Stevenage
Swansea City Under-21s
Group H
Luton Town
Milton Keynes Dons
Peterborough United
Brighton Under-21s
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Joe Jones
Notts County played their first home game of the 2018-19 programme at the weekend as they hosted Derby County in a pre-season friendly.
Magpies boss Kevin Nolan fielded a strong starting XI against the Rams, who have England and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard on board for his first job in management.
Things did not go quite to plan for Notts, as teenager Luke Thomas scored twice to send the Rams into a 2-0 half-time lead.
Former Notts loanee Mason Bennett and Tom Huddlestone were also on target for the visitors after the break.
Kane Hemmings netted a consolation for the Magpies from the penalty spot in what ended up a heavy 4-1 defeat for the hosts, who will have much to ponder following the encounter.
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Jon Stead has described Notts County's signing of David Vaughan as a “coup”.
The 35-year-old was snapped up by the Magpies following his departure from Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.
“It’s a coup isn’t it?” Stead told the Nottingham Post.
“He’s been at the top level and the way he carries himself and the way he controls the ball, he is very clever.
“He is very relaxed and being a striker it’s somebody I look at and know that if I make that double movement, he will see it.
“At time we might have lacked that a little bit last season which was that cutting edge and final ball. He will help us with that.”
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Kevin Nolan has stated that Notts County's 4-1 hammering by Derby County at Meadow Lane would have been a learning curve for his players.
The Rams put the Magpies to the sword as Luke Thomas, Mason Bennett and Tom Huddlestone all scored, while Kane Hemmings scored a penalty for the hosts.
“When you get beat 4-1 and you don’t have a lot of the ball then it’s difficult for the lads,” Nolan said at full time. “But it gives them great exposure in terms of out of possession stuff.
“We haven’t done a lot of that yet so that’s something we can really focus and start working on it to make sure we are ready for August 4.
“It’s great having this type of opposition because it gives you something different to what we are going to be facing week in, week out in the league.
“For me, we are hoping to be up there and one of the best and when you play these teams you do nothing but learn.”
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Notts County will take on Doncaster Rovers and Grimsby Town in the group stage of the EFL Trophy.
The Magpies have been placed in Group G of the competition’s Northern section, and will also play one academy side.
The 48 EFL clubs have been placed into pre-determined groups, with consideration given to ensure travel time is minimised for supporters and recovery time is maximised for players.
Players from EFL clubs who are out on loan in the National League and below are now eligible to feature in the competition.
Meanwhile, invited teams have been restricted to fielding two players over the age of 21 and more than 40 first-team appearances.
Lincoln City are currently the holders of the trophy after beating Shrewsbury Town at Wembley last season.
Group G
Doncaster Rovers
Grimsby Town
Notts County
Invited Club
Invited Clubs
1. Everton U21
2. Leicester City U21
3. Manchester City U21
4. Middlesbrough U21
5. Newcastle United U21
6. Stoke City U21
7. West Bromwich Albion U21
8. Wolverhampton Wanderers U21
The EFL Trophy gets underway commencing the 3rd of September.
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Kevin Nolan has expressed his delight in seeing Frank Lampard enter the world of management ahead of Saturday's friendly between Notts County and Derby County.
The former Chelsea and England midfielder took the reins at Pride Park in May, 15 months after calling time on an illustrious career for club and country.
Both Lampard and Nolan were accomplished midfielders and both have entered the world of management at a fairly young age, and the Magpies boss was eager to dispense some advice and information.
"He's going to have a lot more sleepless nights," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "Even kids don't keep you up as much, but he will prosper.
"He is a determined character and you could see that in the quality he had as a player.
"He will attack management just the same. What he's got to do is appoint a good backroom staff which he seems to have got together quite quickly.
"Frank has to trust them and, as long as they are all on the same hymn sheet, I am sure he will be fine.
"When you see Frank taking this job, it is a massive risk because he could be sat behind a desk talking about it and being a pundit.
"But hats off to him. I am delighted we have got one of the most decorated midfielders managing in English football.
"He has taken the plunge and I wish him success in everything he does. If there is anything I can help him with then that's great, but I am sure he will be fine."
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Joe Jones
Even though we're in the off-season at present, we've still had plenty of football action to go by over the last few weeks.
First of all the World Cup, which has been an absolute spectacle from start to near-finish, not to mention England doing so well to get to the semi-finals and indeed continuing their participation with the third-place playoff.
At Meadow Lane, meanwhile, we're very much in the full swing of pre-season, with players coming in and friendlies being played out.
It's effectively been a seamless transition from international football back to club football, and by the time the World Cup ends, it'll only be a few weeks until the season is back underway!
Pride of Nottingham was at Greenwich Avenue for Notts County's 3-1 friendly win over Basford United and was also at club shop on Monday to meet new signings Enzio Boldewijn, David Vaughan and Nathan Thomas.
Our photographers took snaps of the action and of the Black & White Army, so why not check out our Faces of PON galleries if you were at the events to see if you're among the papped peeps?


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Kevin Nolan and Jon Stead have both praised Notts County first-year scholar Dongda He for his performance against Basford United.
The Chinese midfielder shone in the first half of the 3-1 victory against the Evo-Stik Premier Division side and scored the goal of the game with a terrific effort before half-time.
“We’ve got a lot of good players in that position, but he is someone who we can’t quickly thrust into the limelight,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post.
“We’ve got to be patient with him, but he did really well.
“He was around good players on Tuesday, but he’s shown he can handle it.
“What we can’t do is get carried away. What we must do is manage him like we have done with a number of these boys.
“Over the next few weeks you will be seeing him and he will be getting exposed to a lot of first-team training sessions.
“And hopefully we will try to get him on the field, but we have do right by us and them (young lads).”
Stead added: “He was brilliant and a real livewire.
“Dongda wants to be on the ball and wants to try things. That is key because sometimes young players can play within themselves and be a little shy.
“But he wanted to impress and that’s only to be admired. There are a couple of things where you thought 'just calm down a little bit'.
“But you want that exuberance. He might put two or three over the bar, but then come up with a terrific strike.”
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Joe Jones
Lewis Alessandra has stated that Notts County want to “go one better” next season in achieving promotion from League Two.
The Magpies were in the promotion hunt virtually all season but were defeated by eventual playoff winners Coventry City in the semi-finals.
Since then Notts have made several high-profile signings, including Enzio Boldewijn, Kane Hemmings, Kristian Dennis and David Vaughan.
“We want to go one better, that’s the way all the lads feel in the dressing room,” Alessandra told the Nottingham Post.
“I think the signings have shown real intent and personally I would be very disappointed if we don’t better what we did last season.
“I am looking forward to it, we’ve made some good additions which has really increased the competition for places.”
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Joe Jones
Notts County have announced their squad numbers for the 2018-19 campaign.
One of the standout news is that manager Kevin Nolan has given himself number 44, implying he could take to the pitch at some point during the season.
New signing David Vaughan takes number 8, while fellow recent arrivals Nathan Thomas and Enzio Boldewijn claim 10 and 11 respectively.
Kristian Dennis has been given the number 9 shirt, while Ben Hall takes 6 and Ross Fitzsimons is officially the number 1 this term.
The list in full
1 Ross Fitzsimons, 2 Matt Tootle, 3 Pierce Bird, 4 Elliott Hewitt, 5 Richard Duffy, 6 Ben Hall, 7 Lewis Alessandra, 8 David Vaughan, 9 Kristian Dennis, 10 Nathan Thomas, 11 Enzio Boldewijn, 13 Branislav Pindroch, 14 Andy Kellett, 15 Kane Hemmings, 16 Shaun Brisley, 17 Noor Husin, 18 Terry Hakwridge, 20 Will Patching, 22 Tom Crawford, 23 Dan Jones, 30 Jon Stead, 31 Sam Osborne, 32 Alex Howes, 33 Declan Dunn, 34 Remaye Campbell, 44 Kevin Nolan
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Joe Jones
Notts County have signed former Wales international David Vaughan on a free transfer.
The 35-year-old joins the Magpies after being let go by rivals Nottingham Forest in the summer.
Vaughan has played in the Premier League with Sunderland and Blackpool, as well as in Spain with Real Sociedad.
He also won more than 40 Wales caps and represented the Dragons at Euro 2016.
“This is a massive statement of intent from us,” Notts manager Kevin Nolan told the official club site.
“He’s going to come with a lot of expectation on his shoulders but if there’s anyone who can handle it, it’s Vaughany.
“I played against him in the Premier League – he’s a very good player who went under the radar because of Charlie Adam’s profile at Blackpool.
“They were the team everyone loved watching because of the way they played and what they achieved.
“Adam seemed to get the headlines but when it came down to the accolades at the end of the season, Vaughany picked them all up.
“It’s an unbelievable coup for us. It was almost a tongue-in-cheek call into his agent. We had a few discussions – it wasn’t about money or anything else, it was about him coming and enjoying his football.
“He’s got the intelligence to play in a variety of positions but I think quite naturally he’s one who’ll get the ball, make us tick and drive the tempo we want. He’ll be able to see vital passes others in this league can’t.
“We’re now one of the youngest squads in the league so we needed that experience in the middle of midfield – someone who can take the bull by the horns and be a calming influence.
“He’s going to have an opportunity to play a lot of games and improve players in and around him.”
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