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Notts County news recap: April 2018

Joe Jones

Though not quite as busy on the fixture level as the previous months, April was nonetheless a tense month, with many of the league's annual permutations becoming reality.

How did the month pan out for the Notts County contingent? Pride of Nottingham goes over the big news.

April 2

On Easter Monday, Notts suffered a big blow to their automatic promotion hopes as eventual League Two champions Accrington Stanley ran out 1-0 winners at the Wham Stadium.

On the plus side, Michael O'Connor made his long-awaited return for Notts County, coming on as a second-half substitute during the defeat for his first first-team appearance since April 2017.

April 5

Jorge Grant was named in FourFourTwo magazine's top 50 EFL players of the season.

April 7

Notts claimed their first win in six League Two games as fellow playoff chasers Coventry City were beaten 2-1 at Meadow Lane, Pride of Nottingham-sponsored Jonathan Forte scoring a brace for the Magpies.

April 9

Kevin Nolan confirmed that his touchline dismissal against Wycombe Wanderers was punished by a fine.

April 10

Highly rated Leyton Orient midfielder Charley Barker reportedly played in a friendly for Notts with a view to a future switch to Meadow Lane, though nothing more has been heard since.

April 12

Kevin Nolan said he would be having a chat with Joey Barton in hope of persuading him to come to Notts, though his former Newcastle United teammate has since gone on to secure the manager's job at Fleetwood Town.

Jon Stead triggered a clause in his Notts contract to extend his stay at Meadow Lane past the end of the 2017/18 season.

April 14

Notts came from a goal down to record a 3-1 win at Colchester United that kept the Magpies' League Two playoff hopes alive and kicking.

Shola Ameobi revealed that he is mulling over whether to retire at the end of the season but will consider it properly in the summer.

April 18

Shola Ameobi says he is not specifically looking to go into coaching once he hangs up his boots but has not fully closed the door on a potential switch to the dugout.

April 21

Notts secured a spot in the League Two playoffs thanks to a resounding 4-1 win over Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane.

April 28

On a slightly sourer note, Notts threw away the chance of making the top three in League Two after falling to a 2-1 defeat at Grimsby Town.

April 29

Matt Tootle and Jorge Grant were among the award winners at Notts County's end-of-season ceremony.

April 30

Notts announced that Gibraltar international Liam Walker had left the club with one regular season game to spare.

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