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Opposition View: Notts County vs. Forest Green Rovers, Saturday 7 October 2017

Joe Jones

Notts County entered October at the top of League Two, although they were left reeling from a 3-1 derby defeat at Mansfield Town, with the scoreline only marginally better thanks to Carl Dickinson's late consolation.

However, being brought back down to earth could be beneficial in the long term as it showed the Magpies players that great form and momentum can come crashing to a halt, so back to the drawing board.

Up next for Notts is a home game against the league's basement side, Forest Green Rovers, promoted from the National League last season.

Pride of Nottingham spoke to FGR fan Connor to get an insight on Saturday's opposition.

About Connor: In my early 20s, been a fan since 2012, and my favourite player is Dale Bennett.

Forest Green are in the EFL for the first time in their history. Tell us about their rise and how it feels at present.

It's incredible really, uncharted territory for the town of Nailsworth and the region of Gloucestershire. For years and years FGR was just a local non-league club that you'd pop down to support alongside a couple hundred other people, but since Dale Vince took over the club it's been an incredible rollercoaster ride and we're making the most of it, even if things are a little murky at present.

Much is made of the club's green credentials - and opposition fans seem eager to mock this aspect. What do you make of it?

At first it did seem like a bit much when Vince made all those changes to the club but it's a noble cause, it's for the good of the environment and so most of the fans have happily got behind it. As for the opposition fans mocking us, we've got used to it now. It's pathetic and cute at the same time, won't say much more than that.

Mark Cooper used to be Notts manager but the manner of his departure left many fans unimpressed. How is he doing at FGR?

Cooper was a popular choice at the time and managed to get us promoted. However, his relationship with the fans isn't very good at present, and he appears to have lost the dressing room too. The biggest mistake was giving him a five-year contract, because sacking him would cost the club a lot in compensation, but likewise Cooper isn't exactly under that much pressure to deliver.

Liam Noble was famously the subject of interest from Notts in the summer but he won't be playing - what's happening with him?

The official line is that Noble is going to be absent because of a medical issue. The club's PR hasn't been very good in the last couple months so fans are speculating as to what exactly it might be. But the general consensus is that it's something potentially sensitive and confidential so aside from unbased speculation, there isn't really anything more to it.

Who are your danger men?

Christian Doidge got 27 goals in 44 games last season and got off to a good start this season with 4 in his first 5, though his form has tailed off since then. Dale Bennett is one of the most consistent players in our line-up, is skilled and always gives 100%. And then we have Keanu Marsh-Brown and Noble, neither of whom are playing at the minute sadly.

Final score?

With how things are at the minute at FGR and bearing in mind County's form, I'd be delighted to take a draw. I'll go with 1-1.

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