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Notts County put in a much-improved performance against Bury in a goalless draw that saw warm applause by the Black & White Army at full time.
Neal Ardley had clearly talked some sense into his ailing players as they were bright from the off, with Rob Milsom going close with heading wide before rifling wide from just outside of the box, while Shaun Brisley also came close.
David Vaughan then smashed the post with a superb effort from long range, while Kristian Dennis and Andy Kellett missed gilt-edged opportunities before the break, giving the Notts fans something to smile about - something which hasn't really happened often this season.
In the second half, Bury picked up the pace as Chris Stokes headed just wide, but Notts soon regained the momentum and were given a superb opportunity from the spot when Andy Kellett's cross was handled in the box
Jon Stead, County's top scorer with eight goals this season, took to the spot, but this time, Mr Reliable spurned the opportunity as he shanked his effort way over the bar into the Kop.
Notts did dust themselves off and continued to impress, with Matt Tootle seeing a half-volley palmed away by Bury goalkeeper Joe Murphy, but in the end, the spoils were shared at the San Sirrel, with Notts three adrift of safety.
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Some pros and some cons at Meadow Lane this afternoon as Notts County failed to beat Bury, with Jon Stead missing a penalty, but put in a much-improved performance that saw warm applause by the Black & White Army at full time.
Neal Ardley had clearly talked some sense into his ailing players as they were bright from the off, with Rob Milsom going close with heading wide before rifling wide from just outside of the box, while Shaun Brisley also came close.
David Vaughan then smashed the post with a superb effort from long range, while Kristian Dennis and Andy Kellett missed gilt-edged opportunities before the break, giving the Notts fans something to smile about - something which hasn't really happened often this season.
In the second half, Bury picked up the pace as Chris Stokes headed just wide, but Notts soon regained the momentum and were given a superb opportunity from the spot when Andy Kellett's cross was handled in the box
Stead, County's top scorer with eight goals this season, took to the spot, but this time, Mr Reliable spurned the opportunity as he shanked his effort way over the bar into the Kop.
Notts did dust themselves off and continued to impress, with Matt Tootle seeing a half-volley palmed away by Bury goalkeeper Joe Murphy, but in the end, the spoils were shared at the San Sirrel, with Notts three adrift of safety.
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Notts have met Bury 118 times in their history.
Notts: 43
Draw: 28
Bury: 47
Bury won the reverse fixture 4-0 at Gigg Lane in a match they dominated from start to finish.
It was a result that stopped Notts’ five game unbeaten run. It was this result that started the fall back down the table and eventually led to the sacking of Harry Kewell.
Stats
Notts have won 1 of their last 12 league games (a sequence which started with the 4-0 loss at Bury earlier in the season).
One positive (a rare thing at the moment) is that Notts have scored in both home games Neal Ardley has took charge of.
Whilst their home form has been brilliant with four successive wins at Gigg Lane, Bury have hit a bad patch away from home in which they are winless in three (2-2 vs Cambridge, 4-2 vs Oldham and 2-1 vs Mansfield).
Danger man Danny Mayor has completed the most successful dribbles this season in League Two with 128.
Seasons in each division
First Division (or Prem): 22
Second Division (or Champ): 39
Third Division (or League 1): 29
Fourth Division (or League 2): 23
Notts vs Bury (head to head stats and where they rank)
Goals scored: Notts – 26 (joined 17th with Yeovil and Morecambe), Bury – 45 (1st)
Goals conceded: Notts – 51 (1st), Bury – 28 (joined 17th with Port Vale)
Top Scorer: Notts – Kane Hemmings (7), Bury – Nicky Maynard (9)
Most appearances this season: Notts – Ross Fitzsimons (24), Bury – Joe Murphy, Chris Stokes, Adam Thompson (24)
Team News
Enzio Boldewijn and Lewis Alessandra will not be returning until past the new year.
Elliott Hewitt was subbed off with an injury early into Wednesday’s game with Macclesfield and may miss out here.
Keston Davies will be suspended after his late red card against the Silkmen.
Ben Hall is out long term and will probably not make another appearance for Notts this season.
Bury made changes for their game against Mansfield and manager Ryan Lowe may want to change the team again.
Top scorer Nicky Maynard and top assists leader in the league, Nicky Adams were two players who may return to the starting XI.
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Well, it's finally got to that stage - Notts County are bottom of League Two, bottom of the Football League, and bottom of the entire pyramid of professional English football. 92/92. 👏👏
Macclesfield Town, managed by one-time Magpie Sol Campbell, put in a display that overshadowed the hosts at Meadow Lane and claimed a 2-1 win which saw them leapfrog Notts off the foot of League Two.
Frankly, it's the same old story. An overall turgid display, the odd good moment following the equaliser where County looked as though they would go into the lead, only for shoddy defending to prove our downfall.
Scott Wilson rattled home the opener in the first hald, making the most of plenty of space to apply a good finish past Ross Fitzsimons.
Against the run of play, the second half brought a leveller for Neal Ardley's side when good hustling from Jon Stead lead to Keston Davies squaring for Kane Hemmings to drive home.
Nine minutes from time, however, Wilson once again had the freedom of the area to sweep the ball into the bottom corner of the net nine minutes from time.
Although the Silkmen saw a man sent off late on, the numerical advantage was chalked off as Davies was then shown a straight red card for firing the ball into an opposition player's face while on the ground.
Well... despite the performance and result, it was nonetheless good to see the Black & White Army present to show their support.
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ARLukomski
Well, it's finally got to that stage.
Notts County are bottom of the Football League.
Macclesfield Town, managed by one-time Magpie Sol Campbell, put in a display that overshadowed the hosts at Meadow Lane and claimed a 2-1 win which saw them leapfrog Notts off the foot of League Two.
Frankly, it's the same old story. An overall turgid display, the odd good moment following the equaliser where County looked as though they would go into the lead, only for shoddy defending to prove our downfall.
Scott Wilson rattled home the opener in the first hald, making the most of plenty of space to apply a good finish past Ross Fitzsimons.
Against the run of play, the second half brought a leveller for Neal Ardley's side when good hustling from Jon Stead lead to Keston Davies squaring for Kane Hemmings to drive home.
Nine minutes from time, however, Wilson once again had the freedom of the area to sweep the ball into the bottom corner of the net nine minutes from time.
Although the Silkmen saw a man sent off late on, the numerical advantage was chalked off as Davies was then shown a straight red card for firing the ball into an opposition player's face while on the ground.
Long-suffering Notts fan ARLukomski, who's experienced far too much footballing misery for such a young man, continues to persevere with his superb vlogs - here's his latest entry.
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PON_News
Well, it's finally got to that stage. Notts County are bottom of the Football League.
Macclesfield Town, managed by one-time Magpie Sol Campbell, put in a display that overshadowed the hosts at Meadow Lane and claimed a 2-1 win which saw them leapfrog Notts off the foot of League Two.
Frankly, it's the same old story. An overall turgid display, the odd good moment following the equaliser where County looked as though they would go into the lead, only for shoddy defending to prove our downfall.
The Silkmen actually got the ball into the back of the net on 16 minutes, only for some deliberation by the officials to eventually chalk the goal off for offside.
But there wouldn't be any disputes in the 36th minute when Scott Wilson rattled home the opener, making the most of plenty of space to apply a good finish past Ross Fitzsimons.
Against the run of play, the second half did bring a leveller for Neal Ardley's side when good hustling from Jon Stead lead to Keston Davies squaring for Kane Hemmings to drive home.
But it just wouldn't be the Notts class of 2018-19 if they weren't to shoot themselves in the foot, would it?
Wilson, picked out by a teammate, once again had the freedom of the area to sweep the ball into the bottom corner of the net nine minutes from time.
Although the Silkmen saw a man sent off late on, the numerical advantage was chalked off as Davies was then shown a straight red card for firing the ball into an opposition player's face while on the ground.
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Hello and welcome to this midweek PONcast Extra, which will preview Notts County's crucial League Two home meeting with fellow strugglers Macclesfield Town.
The Magpies are 23rd in the table while the Silkmen are bottom of the league, hence the importance of Neal Ardley's side getting a result against one-time (literally) County man Sol Campbell's side.
In addition to the matchday 24 preview, the PON boys also reflect upon the recent match against Grimsby Town - not that you need reminding but it didn't go very well (understatement through gritted teeth).
Also, how could Ardley work with the squad to gain better results? This is another question we look into.
We also speak about our score predictions how the game at the San Sirrel may pan out.
All this and more only in the PONcast Extra: Macclesfield Town Preview.
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Notts have met Macclesfield 17 times in their history.
Notts: 5
Draw: 8
Macclesfield: 4
Notts won the first game between the two this season at Moss Rose. Jon Stead scored a late penalty to give Notts a 1-0 win.
This mean Notts took the lead in the head-to-head record between the sides.
Since that game, both teams have changed managers.
Stats
Whilst Neal Ardley won his first home game in charge against Tranmere, he couldn’t provide back to back wins as Notts’ miserable away form continued last time out when Grimsby ran out 4-0 winners.
Coincidentally, Macclesfield are the only team Notts have beaten away from home this season and that win has kept The Magpies above The Silkmen in the table.
Macclesfield have won 3 of their last 5 games and have moved to within three points of safety.
Sol Campbell has taken four points from a possible 9 in his first three games as manager. In those three games, they have only conceded once.
Notts’ 4-1 win over Morecambe on Boxing Day last year was their first win in a Boxing Day fixture since 2008.
Seasons in each division
Division One (or Premier League): 0
Division Two (or Championship): 0
Division Three (or League 1): 1
Division Four (or League 2): 14
Non-League: 37
Notts vs Macclesfield team stats
Goals scored: Notts – 25 (joined 17th with Yeovil and Morecambe), Macclesfield - 18 (24th)
Goals conceded: Notts – 49 (1st), Macclesfield 38 (joint 2nd with Cambridge)
Top scorer: Notts – Kane Hemmings and Jon Stead (6), Macclesfield - Harry Smith (3)
Most appearances this season: Notts – Ross Fitzsimons (23), Macclesfield - David Fitzpatrick (23)
Team News
Enzio Boldewijn, Lewis Alessandra and Ben Hall will still be all out of action for a bit longer. Alessandra may be back at the turn of the year, whilst Boldewijn maybe back by early February.
Matt Tootle may return to the Notts starting line-up. The Magpies have been playing without an out-and-out right-back for a month or so.
Experienced midfielder Danny Whitaker will be assessed ahead of the Boxing Day game. Former Forest Green right-back Jared Hodgkiss may return to the starting line-up after recovering from injury.
Winger Elliott Durrell, who scored an excellent goal in Campbell’s first home game in charge against Crawley, will also be assessed.
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ARLukomski
Notts County will spend Christmas in the bottom two of League Two following their 4-0 hammering at Grimsby Town.
The Mariners got off the mark after just over the three-minute mark, youngster Harry Clifton heading home on the rebound from Harry Cardwell's initial effort
Notts then did enjoy a period of pressure but spurned their opportunities and before the break they fell further behind through Harry Davis, who rose highest to head home.
Michael Jolley's side never looked back as Davis claimed his second and Grimsby's third, while Wes Thomas fired home on the volley to truly ruin the Black & White Army's Christmas.
ARLukomski, the ever-loyal and long-suffering Notts County vlogger, has provided us with a great insight into the game at Blundell Park.
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Well, Merry Christmas everybody.
Following the drama that was 2017, the great escape, the promotion form of the following season, 2018 has crumbled like... well, our defence.
Faltering form, failure in the playoffs, and this season, spending Christmas in the bottom two with a team that is frankly shambolic.
Grimsby Town are hardly setting the division on fire, yet they ran out 4-0 winners over a Magpies side that, aside from being dreadful, offers no hope of actually putting things right, making the non-league a real possibility.
The Mariners got off the mark after just over the three-minute mark, youngster Harry Clifton heading home on the rebound from Harry Cardwell's initial effort
Notts then did enjoy a period of pressure but spurned their opportunities and before the break they fell further behind through Harry Davis, who rose highest to head home.
Michael Jolley's side never looked back as Davis claimed his second and Grimsby's third, while Wes Thomas fired home on the volley to truly ruin the Black & White Army's Christmas.
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Hello and welcome to this week's PONcast Extra.
This week, we preview Notts County's game against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, the Magpies' last League Two game before Christmas Day.
How will Neal Ardley line up his charges? Who will he pick in his starting XI and bench? We look at such aspects from County's end.
We also reflect on the opposition and how the game might unfold in terms of what they can do against us.
In addition, how could Ardley kick on from the win against Tranmere Rovers to give Notts some Christmas cheer and build a good base upon which to tackle the rest of the festive period.
We also speak about how the Notts gaffer could use his tactics to take on his second game away.
All this and more only in the PONcast Extra: Grimsby Town Preview!
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Anyone who enjoys the traditional, historic side of football will have been dismayed at how Notts County, the world's oldest Football League club, has come so close to losing that status in recent years.
The Magpies have found themselves dwelling dangerously close to falling into the non-league over the last few seasons, although their impressive campaign in 2017-18 would have surely meant that there was going to be some form of comeback on the cards.
One thing that isn’t helping Notts however, is their managerial issues.  As of 2016, County have been through a staggering SIX permanent managers, with the most notable of those being ex-Newcastle United player Kevin Nolan, who was appointed player manager in January 2017, before being sacked in August after a poor run of results.
Ex Leeds man Harry Kewell also took charge for a small while, lasting two months before also being shown the door.
It’s become all too common in football as of recent, as we’ve seen with Portsmouth, that teams can fall from grace, and things can turn sour, very very quickly.
It’s easy to see why lower league clubs struggle, they need results but with the relatively minuscule budgets they have to try and succeed with, it’s no surprise that the board see the manager as the reason they are underperforming.
On the other hand it is them paying them their wages and if they aren’t bringing results into the team, then to a certain extent I can understand the frequent chopping and changing that happens within the league.
In all, it is clear to see that teams in a similar possession will struggle until the revenue and other forms of sustainable income increase for those ‘smaller’ teams, and then we may see teams such as County back in the big leagues.
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Notts have met Grimsby 83 times over the years.
Notts wins: 27
Draw: 21
Grimsby wins: 35
Since the two started playing each other after both clubs’ return to League Two, Notts haven’t beat Grimsby with their record being PLD 4, W0, D2, L2.
Notts have only won two of the last ten league meetings between the two sides.
Grimsby have won the last two meetings at Blundell Park scoring twice in both games.
Stats
Notts ended their nine-game winless run last Saturday when they defeated Tranmere 3-2. There looks like there is some renewed optimism in the Notts squad, now Neal Ardley has taken over.
Grimsby are unbeaten in their last six home games, winning five. In those six home games, Wes Thomas has scored five times, including a double last time out against Swindon.
Despite only taking 5 points from their first 10 games, they have managed to turn it around and have taken 20 points from their last 12.
Seasons in each division
First Division (or Prem): 12
Second Division (or Champ): 52
Third Division (or League 1): 28
Fourth Division (or League 2): 16
Non-League: 6
History
Liverpool legend Bill Shankly had a spell as Grimsby manager between 1951 and 1954.
The Mariners are 39 times winners of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup.
During the 1900’s Grimsby were one of only two teams to have permission to play on Christmas Day (along with Hull).
Grimsby helped set the current record attendance at Old Trafford in an FA Cup match against Wolves. The attendance was 76,962.
Team News
Reece Hall-Johnson is back in training and Luton loanee Akin Famewo is close to being back to full fitness after both had spells on the side-lines with injuries. Grimsby will be without Danny Collins after he came off against Swindon.
Elliott Whitehouse is still out long-term for the Mariners and Akheem Rose will be assessed ahead of the game.
Lewis Alessandra and Enzio Boldewijn are still out injured but the former may return to training in a few weeks. Ben Hall is out long term for Notts.
Matt Tootle will be in contention to return for Notts after coming back from an ankle injury.
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Notts County manager Neal Ardley has issued an update on the estimated return times for Lewis Alessandra and Enzio Boldewijn.
The two attacking players suffered knee injuries in November and are sidelined on a long-term basis, but their new boss is positive to see them back early next year.
"It will probably be three weeks before Lewi is back into training, so he's edging ever closer," Ardley told the official Notts website.
"Enzio could be back in and around training from the very end of January to mid-February. With the type of injury he's had you just have to play it by ear.
"We'll push to get them back soon but we need to make sure they don't break down again."
Up next for Notts is a trip to Grimsby Town in the first of five games between this weekend and the 5th of January.
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Hello and welcome to Episode 51 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, brought to you as always by Chris and Sam.
This week, we talk about Notts County's recent game against Tranmere Rovers at Meadow Lane, Neal Ardley's first on home soil, and which yielded a superb 3-2 win.
We also discuss how the squad's passion lifted after the triumph over the Birkenhead outfit, as captured by Dan Westwell.
In addition, we talk about the upcoming games which form the busy festive period and how they will impact County's form.
Also, we share our thoughts on the latest stories about the EFL and English leagues.
All this and more only in Episode 51 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast!
 
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