Notts County began the 2018-19 season with a point in a tricky and ultimately underwhelming 0-0 draw with Colchester United at Meadow Lane.
The Magpies considerably strengthened their ranks over the summer with several high-profile signings rocking up at the club so the hope was of hitting the ground running against somewhat mediocre opposition.
It didn't go that way though, with both sides looking rusty in the first League Two game of the campaign, and the outcome was a share of the spoils and a clean sheet apiece.
Nathan Thomas came close when he controlled on the edge of the area before trying his luck with a superb chipped effort, but the opposition keeper was able to palm the effort away.
Colchester, meanwhile, had several attempts to breach Ross Fitzsimons' clean sheet but in the end it was honours even.
How did Notts boss Nolan and the fans react to the stalemate? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look.
Kevin Nolan on the game
“There’s lots of positives to take from it. It wasn’t the free-flowing, absolutely fantastic game or fantastic performance, but what we have seen is lots of things we can take out to be excited about.”
The Black and White Army
it was okay for the first game but if kn wants fans to give their complete backing he needs to get them playing football. there was a lot of negativity flying around and i think the performance burst a few bubbles but its early.
Really disappointing performance from Tootle. Really let the defence down today, caught out too many times letting Szmodics run free. He also failed to release Boldewjin a number of times and failed to utilise his strengths. Overall though I am happy with a point against Colchester as they will be pushing play offs this year. Think if Norris came on or started this would have been a different game. Stead put in a lot of effort which saw him get an applause when subbed but he was missing and just isn't going to find form this season I don't think. Thomas looked quick and sharp, Hemmings also. Not sure which CB I would drop at the moment though as Hall needs to be in. Heart says Duffy, Head says Brisely. Happy with areas of the game though and there is still lots to work on.
It looked like a team that was new with playing with each other, I think several players was nervous and found it hard to lift their performance accordingly.
It wasn't as bad as some are suggesting, Notts did play well in spells but too many players had an off day.
I think Colchester will be pushing for play-offs this season, so all in all not a terrible start to the season. The expectation was high, but as we've seen through pre-season no-one's really got going yet and the wayward passes coupled with some terrible first touches made it feel like just another pre-season game. Very hard to really gauge anything from the match, Cambridge away will be interesting though, both teams should be going for the win...
It's early days, but I felt like Notts was quite relaxed and never focused on pressuring Colchester. They looked a good side and I would be more positive if I was a U's fan, Notts just needs to focus more on passing forward.
Ian Ale Goode
no excuses we was rubbish end of let's hope we improve big time
Need to give the team time to gel and that won't happen overnight. Also the likes of Hemmings and Dennis and a few others have yet to reach full fitness yet. My only real concern is that we're still poor at the back with no real changes having been made in that area of the team.
Poor start to season. Should be playing to a plan from kick off... there was none!
Stead is not a target man why cannot Nolan see that
Should have played Dennis with Hemmings from the off. Then if Dennis got tired change it. There was no way we were going to win a battle in the air....
Never first to the ball and to be honest half of them didn’t look fit !!
It's tough to pass the ball around though when they do and everyone starts moaning because it's not going forward. If you want Notts to play football...
100% crap ok first game but expected better. Play football not hoofing the ball and hoping for the best. Still a points a point.
Think we missed husin. Hewitt was poor. Vaughan was ok but lacked the options. Boldewjin was targeted but created the most. It will come together I'm certain of that. Just a quick note - we lost 3-0 first game last season.
Poor... long ball doesn't work for the players we have!!
First game don't panic. They are favourites for a playoff place
Ian Ale Goode
total rubbish new team same old tactics get a grip Nolan no team work hoof the ball back passing was rubbish one chance to score all that money spent and no improvement
Frustrating, Dennis is wasted. Noones looking to find the strikers