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  1. Notts County manager, Ian Burchnall had to patch up his side after the club was hit with several injuries to his first-team. Defender's Connell Rawlinson and, Kyle Cameron both suffering injuries which saw the magpies' bring in Ciaran Brennan, despite the return to popular centre back Alex Lacey who has since picked up a knock himself. The injuries coincided with a run of poor form for Notts, as they lost 3 games back-to-back, but magpies boss Ian Burchnall has cause for celebration with several key players close to making their full return. "I expect him back by the Stockport game," said Notts County, head coach Ian Burchnall. "I hope so, but we have to just scan the knee, he took a bad blow on the knee a few weeks ago, and we've kind of patched him up, because you know Connell Rawlinson has been away with his injury and, Kyle Cameron has been away. "Alex Lacey was probably the lowest risk to get back on the pitch but after those two games in quick succession, he was really struggling on Wednesday, so we just decided that we couldn't risk it today we had to rest him." He added, "Hopefully that we can give him now, maybe the FA Cup game off and prepare him for Stockport. "Connell Rawlinson should be back ready for the FA Cup game, Kyle Cameron's back, he came through that really well." Due to an injury to Sam Slocombe, Notts brought in highly-rated youngster Anthony Patterson. Although the injury to Slocombe was picked up in training and, considered to not be serious, the magpies' acted swift to bring in cover for the suspected 3-week absence of the regular shot-stopper. "Sam Slocombe should be back as well, so it's starting to look bright from that front, but again you know Adam Chicksen's playing through, He's got a bad rib injury, he came off. "To be honest, he was in a lot of pain before the game." Before expanding "I think against Woking he fell into the post and, we don't know if it's broken or not. "It's very, very sore in the ribs and, he's playing through the pain barrier for us. So we had to get him off, it was too much by the end and, hopefully we can give him a rest now. "Joel Taylor pulled up with just a tight groin yesterday, so again, we need to treat him with Adam Chicksen struggling, a little bit. We hope that we can get him back ready for the FA Cup." Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    10 points
  2. Recent results have certainly created a whole raft of opinions about whether the squad is good enough, whether the manager is good enough, is the system right and a lot more, but let’s have a look at where we are. Two seasons ago, we came into the National League in complete disarray and most of us were simply hoping we’d avoid successive relegations. We managed to get stronger as the season went on, making the playoff final (and I think we’d have had a chance of automatic promotion if the season hadn’t been curtailed). With more expectations last season we faltered badly after Christmas but got to the playoff semi-finals again. In both of those seasons, teams went up without having huge resources or expectations, in Barrow, Harrogate and Sutton. Hartlepool maybe had more expectation but were still not huge spenders. This season, Grimsby has made a great start after relegation and seem to be a contender at this early stage while we’ve all read and heard of the big spending Wrexham, Chesterfield and Stockport. Notts’ owners and management have said that we won’t be competing with big wages – and an example of that is when Ian Birchnall said Chesterfield blew us away with the deal they offered Calvin Miller. Wrexham have signed players from League One when their current clubs didn’t want them to go. When that happens, it puts into perspective what is on offer elsewhere. Notts have recruited technically good young players with a good academy background and the ability to play the type of football both owners and coach want to play. The idea is that with good coaching, they improve and not only progress Notts but also their own careers as we aim to sell them and make the club financially strong. All of that comes with a lot of advantages, but also some testing times. Young players make mistakes. In fairness, all players make mistakes, but younger ones lack the experience to handle certain situations as effectively as they can, such as the recent capitulations against Woking and Halifax where it was real ‘rabbits in the headlights’ stuff. When you play football from the back, it carries more risks. Even Barcelona and Manchester City have times where their goalkeeper passes it out to an opposing forward, so we should expect to see a non-League keeper (or, in the case of Patterson, a League One third choice keeper) doing the same. If we seek to play entertaining football, such as we saw at Barnet and in brief spells against Aldershot and Woking, we need to accept the other side. We saw with the return of Kyle Cameron at Yeovil how the defence seemed more composed, albeit still giving chances to a really poor side towards the end. Going back to those games against Woking and Halifax, let’s not forget that for around 75% of those two games we were in control and should have coasted towards victories. On that basis, it maybe isn’t a million miles away from being a winning team. The trick is to make those mistakes fewer and less costly. But we’ve had a spell where our goalkeeper and 3 central defenders have been injured, and most teams would struggle to cope with that, even with the loan players. One of the things Notts have struggled with recently is the results against teams in the bottom half. Take last season as an example. Notts did the double over champions Sutton but then lost to bottom-placed Dover (okay, results expunged, but the point still stands). And against teams who finished in the bottom half of the table, Notts had a record of 40 points from 21 games, with 5 defeats – a record of 1.9 points per game. In my opinion, this is where league titles are often lost, by dropping points in the games you should make the most of. So far this season – early as it is – Notts has 17 points from 7 games against teams in the bottom half with no defeats, a record of 2.4 points per game! And this is with what is almost universally acknowledged as a team that hasn’t clicked yet, so there’s lots more to come. So, what do Notts need? I think this squad plays better and it a bigger threat when playing 3 at the back and 2 wide men, as long as the wide men do their defensive duties as well. Playing with four at the back makes it feel as if we’re being outnumbered somehow. But a crucial part of that is working as a team and, just as importantly, keeping hold of the ball when we have it. Sometimes, players seem to give it away very easily and that invites pressure all the time. We have goals from all over the team, but I’d love to see someone playing with Kyle Wootton. He seems so alone at times, with no-one within 20 yards of him. Which is fine if he’s able to control the ball and lay it off, but how often does a ball come at an awkward height, or the defender is all over him? If we had someone alongside to pick up the pieces – as Rodrigues did towards the end of last season – it gives the opposing defence something extra to think about. Join the Pride of Nottingham in discussing what role you see Lewis Knight fulfilling in the upcoming season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    7 points
  3. When a team's confidence is high, they can become unbeatable, and it's the same with losing but at the other end - things become harder. There's a mix of obvious issues, one of which I said with the mistake against Torquay, which is defensively we don't control the game well. This has always been down to the formation/tactics, but also the players in the crucial areas simply not being at the stage where they can do the roles at an acceptable level. I mean, all the blame Sam Slocombe got - it seemed unfair to me. It came across like people looking for someone to blame, I think it's incorrect. I think one key issue is being hands-on with pressing, marking, and actually dealing with threats. If there's a lot of pressure, it's like we can't absorb play or prevent things from happening. Focus becomes too much, players stop doing the basics. I am not sure if it can be pointed to just a tactical issue, Pressure can make people react unnatural, and I think when we lose this becomes part of the equation. The players aren't crap, they're just ineffectively coping or dealing with games as they probably should do. Whilst I believe that the loss of Sam Slocombe, Connell Rawlinson, and Kyle Cameron has been a huge impact on things. I do feel it's not related to just pressure, confidence, injuries etc. I also, still believe that some players aren't quite up to par with their fitness - although I do acknowledge that this should have less impact. With form, and what I said beforehand coming into play. Another point I feel that is worth making, I don't think Michael Doyle will make much of a difference, but again I could be wrong. The next win should naturally ease things, I'd like to see the club play actual centre backs once able to do so - this again should help with the formation/tactics. Yet, nothing will change until Notts stops being so predictable, or soft on the ball. I'm not looking for excuses either, I say what I think and feel.
    6 points
  4. super ram and granny pie are two members who add a lighter side to pon, what with their comments about granny getting you with grannys walking sticks. some might not know that she is currently in hospital again. i think its grannys third time in 2021, i hope the doctors and nurses have gotten to the issue because i look forward to seeing grannys comments. i am sending granny all of my love and i hope you are okay @super_ram, please let her know we are all sending our well wishes.
    5 points
  5. I haven't noticed any ill comments towards DKE, myself. It's debatable as to the benefits he brings to the squad, something which I think should always be welcomed. Fans will naturally like certain players, others will simply not. I also, think timing and performances plays a role, if there's a meltdown or worry within the Notts community - I think that will bring this sort of comments out. However, there's no room for abusive or hateful comments. Calling a professional footballer that gives an 100%, just seems lazy and a rash way to call a player. Very childish...
    5 points
  6. Notts County returned to winning ways, after a spell of 3 defeats in a row as the magpies' lost to Altrincham, Woking and Halifax. Head Coach, Ian Burchnall expressed his relief after beating Yeovil Town 2-0 away from home at Huish Park. The win saw Notts move just a single place in the National League, from 10th to 9th, but comes at a time when fixtures are becoming increasingly harder on paper, with Stockport County next up to face the Nottingham club. During his post-match press conference, Head Coach Ian Burchnall said: "Very relieved, yeah, especially after the kind of week, or so that we've just had really disappointing results and the nature of them as well. "So really happy to get a strong away performance, and kind of put that behind us and, hopefully, kick on now. "I think we needed to see a reaction from the last game, we talked about it and that the way we finished the game and that the nature of that game really hurt us." He added, "That showed today, that we came out, and it was a good footballing performance. "Very spirited fighting performance as well, with some very good individual gameplay in there as well. "We've talked about and addressed it and I think we've discussed why that happened, and what we should do if we get in that situation again. "I thought when we were one nil up, I thought we managed the game well at one nil, we didn't stress, we didn't show signs of panic in there. "We stayed very calm and then, even after two nil, you see, we kept the ball in their half, instead of stressing, and I think we just saw the game out in a much more mature way." Notts County forward, Ruben Rodrigues has stepped back into the spotlight initially after the suspension to team-mate Cal Roberts, by becoming the club's current highest goal scorer in the National League with 6 goals. "Four in his last three, he could have had more today. He knows he should have shot before half-time. "Great performance from him, on and off the ball, I thought he defended very well for us, from the front and found the spaces between the lines very well, and was a constant threat, so yeah happy with him in goalscoring form." Next up, Notts will play Tamworth in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, but return to league action against Stockport County on October 23rd. Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    5 points
  7. It's a tough decision, ever since we ended up here - the majority said its hard but yet some still think we should be running away with the league. I think if you look at any of the serious contenders, there's room for improvement and I think for us it's all about focus. Chesterfield have taken themselves from being a dire National League team, to one fighting for promotion. And, at least we aren't Wrexham. I am happy with the season so far, but if we lost a game - I won't be reading what the majority of others have to say. Mostly because it soon takes its toll when all you want to do is enjoy the season for what it is.
    5 points
  8. What are your thoughts on what is currently happening with Notts right now? Why are the players leaking and giving goals away???
    4 points
  9. Notts County have confirmed the loan extension of Sunderland goalkeeper, Anthony Patterson. The 21-year-old originally signed for the magpies as a short - term cover for regular number one Sam Slocombe, who picked up an injury during training back in September. We have extended Anthony Patterson's loan deal until 9 January. Via the clubs official site, head coach Ian Burchnall said: "We'd like to say a big thank you to Sunderland for agreeing to let Anthony stay with us, "He gives us very strong competition and both he and Sam will benefit from being pushed hard by each other every day. "Our involvement in the cup competitions, which Anthony will be eligible for, makes the autumn/winter period a busy one for us, so this move ensures we have excellent cover to see us through." It is believed that Anthony Patterson, still forms part of Ian Burchnall's plans within the National League - despite Sam Slocombe expecting to make his full return soon. Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    4 points
  10. I've only just read all these wellwishing posts.Thank you all so much.I'll pass on all the messages to @GrannyPieASAP. Just to bring everyone uptodate I managed to visit her Monday(very strict covid rules) and I'm pleased to report that she is comfortable and very talkative.She also phoned me later Monday evening to let me know she'd been moved to a different ward and now has some company.She is due some more tests which should confirm the doctors thoughts and with a bit of luck she will be back home before too long.I know when I tell her so many people have been asking about her it will mean a lot to her and will cheer her up a lot.Thanks again to all.PS the first thing she asked me was how did she do on the prediction league lol
    4 points
  11. I don't think Super has yet noticed this, I can see he hasn't been on but we're looking forward to seeing GP return.
    4 points
  12. Get well soon @GrannyPie I know how much Chris and family adore you. That kind of love is special.
    4 points
  13. So with last nights results for Grimsby and Chesterfield does that put our loss at the weekend into perspective? For me it just goes to show that this league is still massively unpredictable and no matter what we as supporters think/expect most teams are capable of beating each other on their day. It’s going to be another exciting season again I just hope we’ve done enough come the end of it.
    4 points
  14. The results: Cardiff City 0-1 Reading Derby County 0-0 Swansea City Fleetwood Town 1-2 Charlton Athletic Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Oxford United Bristol Rovers 1-3 Swindon Town Colchester United 0-2 Salford City Maidenhead United 2-3 King's Lynn Torquay United 5-0 Wealdstone --- That was a tricky one. As with Notts, points were at a premium this weekend, but five of you did manage to get five points each: @Dripsey3, @gtownjohnno, @barnet11uk, @Chris, @TheSkipper (welcome back!) - 5 @Dan, @super_ram - 4 @ARLukomski, @KB1862, @liampie - 3 @magpiejue, @4everapie - 2 @nottsnutter, @Megan_Elizax, @GrannyPie - 1 @DangerousSausage (what's wrong with me this season?) - nul points --- Aaaand here are the standings. @Dan is top by a single point and @gtownjohnno joins the top three: Dan - 72 Dripsey3 - 71 gtownjohnno - 67 super_ram - 66 nottsnutter - 60 jimbob - 59 magpiejue - 58 4everapie - 57 barnet11uk - 51 Megan_Elizax - 50 DangerousSausage - 44 ARLukomski - 43 KB1862 - 43 GrannyPie - 43 Chris - 37 Feral Fox - 29 liampie - 19 Joshua - 9 allardyces tash - 8 Alex - 7 TheSkipper - 5 Canadian - 4 --- As on Tuesday the teams in the Proper Leagues are playing in something called the EFL Trophy (a competition we've opted out of for the time being), the next prediction league round is this coming Saturday. So keep an eye out for the fixtures here from Wednesday evening onwards. Thanks for playing and have a good week!
    4 points
  15. And so it begins, who had 7 games into the season for the first manager to be sacked? Well two managers have gone in the same day. Harry Kewell leaves Barnet second from bottom with 2 points and 0 wins. Danny Searle leaves Aldershot third from bottom with 4 points and 1 win. I'm more shocked with the Aldershot one, they played well against us and the teams before us by all accounts. They've just won and draw as well so I feel they would've gradually been on the way up. And they've played us, Chesterfield, Boreham Wood, Yeovil and Solihull - all teams in the top 10. Not an easy start at all. I think they've made a big mistake there. As for the sacking of Harry Kewell, he isn't exactly a guy that fans warm too, but he's signed a lot of players in the summer - and a lot of them have been players he's worked with before. Yes they've started badly but when a manager signs a whole new squad you've got to give him a bit of time... I think Barnet will really struggle this season.
    4 points
  16. Notts County have completed the signing of 21-year-old centre-back Ciaran Brennan from Sheffield Wednesday until the 27th of November 2021. The Sheffield-Born player arrives at Meadow Lane as cover for Connell Rawlinson and Kyle Cameron, who are suspected to be out for two-to-three weeks after picking up injuries. Reports had been circulating that the Magpies' were interested in taking on the young defender, who is eligible to play for Republic of Ireland. "As soon as Kyle came off against Maidenhead, we knew we were going to have to dip into the loan market to add cover at the back." Said Notts County's head coach, Ian Burchnall. "We have shortlists prepared for situations like this to ensure we’re able to act quickly" "To bring in someone of sufficient quality who suits our style, Ciaran was one of the four-or-five players we looked at closely, and he came out on top. "He’s very well thought of at Wednesday and will fit in well in terms of how we want to play." Brennan who has described the loan move as 'perfect', will add defensive cover to Ian Burchnall's team. Via the official Notts County website, Ciaran Brennan said: "My brother and I were watching Notts against Wrexham on BT Sport a few weeks ago, Notts were in green, and I remember saying to him: ‘That’s the nicest kit ever – how good would it be to sign for them and wear that?! "So we both saw it as the perfect move. Now it’s happened, I can’t quite believe it!" the 21-year-old added. "I’ve been lucky enough to play at Meadow Lane before for Wednesday’s Under 23s against Forest a couple of years ago. "When we walked into the stadium, we couldn’t believe it was non-league. It’s so big, really well looked after, and the pitch is pristine. "I said to the lads there and then that it would be brilliant to get a loan move here, so I’m buzzing. "I’ve spoken to the gaffer about the style of play and had conversations with other people who know about the club, and it sounds like it’s going to suit me perfectly. "Having a possession-based approach and playing out from the back is how I’ve been schooled at Wednesday, so I feel I can slot straight in. "Getting out on loan to further my experience is something I’ve really pushed for, so now it’s up to me to grasp the opportunity and make the most of it. "I’ve not got long before the weekend – two sessions – but I train aggressively, and I’ll be trying to get straight in the gaffer’s thoughts for Altrincham." Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    4 points
  17. That is very generous of you to give them a game against 10 men!
    3 points
  18. Lacey, Cameron, Rawlinson and Slocombe are all crucial players, Notts needs them and I will be pleased to see the club go back to full strength. It's good that Burchnall acted fast to bring in the loans, I think these need extending if possible. Just to have that cover if needed, it also allows the occasional rotation.
    3 points
  19. worth a "bump" for @liampie
    3 points
  20. After Halifax's victory over Notts County, Ian Burchnall had this to say "We got caught up in a lot of the nonsense." The players on both sides became involved in shoving at the full-time whistle, which saw Shaymen come from two goals to win 3-2 with 10 men. Despite having fewer players on the field, Halifax made an impressive come-back. After a fiery encounter that led to Tom Bradbury being sent off for appearing to raise his hands at Ruben Rodrigues, order was eventually restored in the second half, as the teams made their way back down the tunnel. "I didn't see red," Ian Burchnall said in his post-match comments. "Things were said to me on the touchline that I wasn't happy with. I was polite to everybody, but then I don't think I deserved that. "I said to them at the end that I didn't feel that was the case, things were said in the heat of the moment. "There were a bit of handbags at the end, but it was no big deal." Burchnall's misery worsened when he watched an offside goal ruled out, to make the score remain 2-2, with Ciaran Brennan’s header getting cancelled out as the referee noticed an infringement in the penalty box. "I've seen it again," he said. "The referee said there was a foul on the goalkeeper, but I can't see it, the angle I've seen it from isn't great, so I'll have to see it again. "But the problem is that, after the red card, it is sometimes easy to just give something if there is just half a foul in there. "I said after the Woking game how physical they were attacking the ball. We did that, but it's a foul on us. "I was disappointed because I felt we had a winner there. Still, after that, we've got to ensure we don't lose the game." Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    3 points
  21. Hi! Thanks for letting me in.
    3 points
  22. Patterson 7 Looks an accomplished keeper. No fault for the goal Brindley 6 Looks so comfortable coming forward with the ball, but then mind goes into indecisiveness Brennan 6.5 Looks a good player, one really bad pass blotting his copybook Chicksen 6 A steady Eddie type one has come to expect. DKE 5.5 Confidence seems to have taken a bash Taylor 5 Far too many checks inside, when a push and run on presented itself. Miller, looking the better of the deal for Chesterfield maybe Francis 4 Oh dear, just not strong enough to dictate a game Palmer 6 Again a running performance but no real forward quality delivered Ruben 6 Good chances missed but at least getting into position Roberts 5.5 Another utterly stupid booking. Altrincham doubled up on him Wootton 5 seemed lost today, not at the races https://www.nottinghampost.com/sport/football/football-news/notts-county-player-ratings-altrincham-5970194
    3 points
  23. @allardyces tash do I need to take full responsibility for the loss now ? In all seriousness it sounded poor, really poor. Off the pace all game, we’ve seen it in spells in games before but to be slow ponderous and off it all game just isn’t good enough. Thought that the injuries to the defensive players might have galvanised the attacking players but obviously not… Probably the most unsurprising thing was Cal got his 5th yellow card. It's days like these when you just think, I hate being in the national league.
    3 points
  24. Just back to South London So normally aligned with @Elite_pie in reading a game, but I thought Francis had a shocker. For every one decent pass, there were some complete dross. Slocombe 6 well protected but was called on a couple of times to make decent saves Brindley 6 Like when he does his forward runs into space, though once, he got badly caught Taylor 5.5 Very much a confidence player, just checks inside all too often Lacey 7.5 One early mistake, but didnt put a foot wrong. MoTM Cameron 6.5 Went off injured, some good, some bad...but it's good to have his heading ability in attacking situations Francis 4 see opening comment. Need a younger Neal Bishop in this role Palmer 6 Much improved 2nd half, if only he had some scoring boots on him. Mr recycle the ball Roberts 6 There is a sense of anticipation, like in the days of McSwegan when he gets the ball. Poor penalty and missed a beautiful set up from Ruben. Marked down with a stupid booking Ruben 6.5 Poor first half, but in reality, was well marked. Some good 2nd half moments Wootton 6 Not a lot of chances, effort yes,but things didnt click today Mitchell 6 A step up on Sam, really needs a goal for confidence Subs JOB 6 I lost count the number of his runs where no pass was forthcoming. Chicksen 7 Very much a player reborn under Ian. Slotted in well Better teams may find us out defensively. Can we raid Derby for a centre half and midfield general a la Neal Bishop?
    3 points
  25. Can any fan really hate on any of the current players? It seems daft to me. Probably just due to the three games where Notts struggled and people needed someone to blame. Notts fans are good at pointing the finger.
    2 points
  26. I thought it was a bonus to see Kyle Cameron selected to play against Yeovil, a crucial return in my eyes. Connell Rawlinson and Sam Slocombe will be welcomed returns too. What centre-backs would you choose? Sam Slocombe or Anthony Patterson in goal?
    2 points
  27. @super_ram there's been a lot of well-wishes from friends on Twitter and, the other Julie Henshaw - not our @magpiejue.
    2 points
  28. Common thing in football, to attack those that are well liked, give 100% or are in just poor form. A lot of it will people who can't control their emotions.
    2 points
  29. A piece I've written on changes that need to be made for International football. https://downthewritewing.wordpress.com/2021/10/10/international-football-changes-to-be-made/
    2 points
  30. Connell Rawlinson needs to improve on his earlier performances, but I welcome him returning.
    2 points
  31. Aww, this sucks. I know the gaffer has mentioned it a little at times but I hope @GrannyPie comes back stronger.
    2 points
  32. The results: Ipswich Town 2-1 Shrewsbury Town Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Bolton Wanderers Barrow 1-1 Leyton Orient Hartlepool United 2-1 Northampton Town Mansfield Town 0-0 Oldham Athletic Boreham Wood 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge Dover Athletic 1-2 Barnet Wealdstone 1-2 Eastleigh --- After a couple of lean weeks, we've got some higher scores! Our winner this week is @Dripsey3 on 13, closely followed by yours truly with a spectacular 12! @Dripsey3 - 13 @DangerousSausage - 12 @Dan - 10 @nottsnutter, @ARLukomski, @allardyces tash - 9 @4everapie - 7 @jimbob, @barnet11uk - 6 @GrannyPie, @Chris, @liampie, @Joshua, @CliftonMagpie - 4 @gtownjohnno, @Megan_Elizax - 3 @super_ram, @magpiejue, @TheSkipper - 2 --- So we have a change at the top, with @Dripsey3 sneaking past @Dan once again. And plenty of movement elsewhere too: Dripsey3 - 84 Dan - 82 gtownjohnno - 70 nottsnutter - 69 super_ram - 68 jimbob - 65 4everapie - 64 magpiejue - 60 barnet11uk - 57 DangerousSausage - 56 Megan_Elizax - 53 ARLukomski - 52 GrannyPie - 47 KB1862 - 43 Chris - 41 Feral Fox - 29 liampie - 23 allardyces tash - 17 Joshua - 13 TheSkipper - 7 Alex - 7 CliftonMagpie - 4 Canadian - 4 --- And that's us for another week. The next round is on Saturday, so the fixtures will be online from Wednesday. Have a good week!
    2 points
  33. Bless you, I am sending my wishes to @GrannyPie and @super_ram. I hope you both are keeping okay, do let us know how Granny Pie and yourself are doing.
    2 points
  34. Right from the start of the season I've given 3 reasons why I don't think we'll succeed: 1. We concede too many soft goals. 2. We are lightweight in midfield and are too easy to play against. 3. Our style of play seems based more on stats and analytics than what's needed to get you out of the National League. Today only reinforced that opinion. For 70 minutes we didn't look in any real trouble, but once they equalised the way we fell apart was embarrassing. In short, they wanted it far more than we did. They grew in confidence, we hid. I don't know why they resorted to all the time wasting and play acting near the end, if they had gone at us we were in such disarray they could have ended up with 5 or 6.
    2 points
  35. All the best to you and @GrannyPie, @super_ram. Wayne Rooney's reign has been "interesting", but for all his faults he does really seem to have thrown himself into his first management job. Others would have been looking for the door.
    2 points
  36. Possibly, it all depends on how we react to our last result. It's certainly handy as it keeps them within shooting distance. The only thing is that Woking are our next opponents, and they'll arrive full of confidence after beating Furlough FC - quite the banana skin.
    2 points
  37. Frustrating game at the end of the day, Notts didn't turn up and all the basics were wrong. I don't think either team played well, they just took their chance and nobody could've changed the outcome of that. Notts needs to be a lot more direct, I would welcome a change back to a more attacking formation. Those defensive issues will resolve themselves in time. I think we're both to blame, I did say 1-0 after all and that I hoped it would be to Notts. The point @Chris is trying to make is that Notts relies heavily on the more creative players, they do a lot of the running and chasing of the game. I would agree that Ruben Rodrigues is either tired or carrying some form of knock. He hasn't been at his best at all as of late and seems much slower than normal. @Elite_pie are you forgetting that there wasn't the usual break between seasons? This has to factor in with some of the players. Once last season ended, the new campaign began quicker due to the mess created by covid. As for the argumentative comment about "facilities and squad depth", that is nonsense. You cannot compare every player in this league to each other, in terms of fitness. Its a narrow and weak way to make a point. The facilities at Notts are good, it does depend on the players condition. I think Notts needs to work better as a team personally, instead of giving the ball to the out wide areas and expecting them to do the damage.
    2 points
  38. The results: Blackburn Rovers 5-1 Cardiff City Nottingham Florist 1-1 Millwall Morecambe 3-3 Accrington Stanley Oxford United 1-1 Gillingham Hartlepool United 1-1 Exeter City Sutton United 4-0 Carlisle United Dagenham & Redbridge 5-1 Solihull Moors Stockport County 2-1 Wrexham --- Congrats to @super_ram, who got this week's highest score! @super_ram - 11 @gtownjohnno - 8 @jimbob - 7 @4everapie, @Megan_Elizax, @GrannyPie, @ARLukomski - 6 @Dan, @Chris - 5 @nottsnutter, @barnet11uk, @KB1862 - 4 @Dripsey3, @magpiejue, @DangerousSausage - 2 @Joshua - 1 --- Overall, @Dan nudges past @Dripsey3 to re-take first place, but the top end of the table is looking a lot tighter... Dan - 68 Dripsey3 - 66 super_ram - 62 gtownjohnno - 62 jimbob - 59 nottsnutter - 59 magpiejue - 56 4everapie - 55 Megan_Elizax - 49 barnet11uk - 46 DangerousSausage - 44 GrannyPie - 42 ARLukomski - 40 KB1862 - 40 Chris - 32 Feral Fox - 29 liampie - 16 Joshua - 9 allardyces tash - 8 Alex - 7 Canadian - 4 --- And that's yer lot until next Saturday. Fixtures will be online from Wednesday evening onwards. Ta for playing!
    2 points
  39. I'm a bit at a loss with the reaction to losing, people saying 'they're semi pro' and 'we're bigger'. Football isn't plain sailing and I think the majority of fans who realise that supporting Notts has its ups and downs will understand that naturally sometimes you lose. It sounds as if we didn't turn up, and played quite poorly. So far this season I am content in terms of performances, and even now it's early to be throwing tantrums over losing by a single goal. I am surprised I haven't read any comments bashing the loanee goalkeeper or the centre back. As if people can't have bad days, it would seem the whole squad did exactly this. I agree with people who are echoing the need for another striker to chip in with assets. Mitchell isn't the answer, at least I don't think - I see no signs of him being a goalscorer. For those that dislike Sam, at least he can find the back of the net. Losing? It happens, I do believe we'll respond from this, and I just hope the negativity stops. Some Notts fans aren't very patient with things, but It's something that really should be put into perspective.
    2 points
  40. I’ve had a look at their squad and they got some decent players, some players that were really good a few years ago. Players like Ben Pringle and AJ Leitch-Smith, it’ll be interesting to see if they’ve still ‘got it.’ I was impressed with them (and us) at the game at Meadow Lane last season, think the second meeting was a bit forgettable though. IB's big choice will be whether to play Chicksen or our new loanee, Brennan. Personally if we are going with a back three I think Chicksen deserves the start… A back four, Brennan probably would be better suited to partner Lacey. Can we keep our unbeaten start going? I hope so. I think it’ll be close though and so I’ll go for another hard-fought win. Altrincham 0 Notts 1. Rodrigues to score.
    2 points
  41. Sunderland goalkeeper, Anthony Patterson has completed a short-term loan deal at Notts County. The 21-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane after regular number one shot stopper, Sam Slocombe, picked up an injury during training which will see him out of action for a few weeks. Patterson arrives following centre-back Ciaran Brennan also joining the magpies on loan - it sees the highly regarded young goalkeeper have a chance to gain further experience with head coach Ian Burchnall describing it as 'another strong addition'. "As disappointed as we are to have lost Sam." explained Ian Burchnall., "We’re delighted to have been able to add another quality loan player in Anthony, I know people at Sunderland, and they rate him really highly, as evidenced by his involvement in their first-team environment, not only this season but over the past few years. The head coach added: "He trained with the boys today, and we’ll do everything we can to fully prepare him for Altrincham. "Contact injuries like Sam’s and Connell Rawlinson’s are inevitable over the course of a long season, but to lose them both at the same time as Kyle Cameron is very unfortunate. "These are the challenge's football poses, though, and the important thing is to be prepared to deal with them, which I feel we have been." Speaking to The Northern Echo, Sunderland manager Lee Johnson said: "Anthony’s joined Notts County with a view to being involved in their game on Saturday, he’s joined on a loan, and moving to the Conference, there’s the potential for it to be a short-term loan." "Their guy has got injured, and it works well for us." He added. "It’s the level we wanted to put him at, and Notts County are obviously a big, historic club with a good stadium and fanbase. "He’s a very good goalkeeper, so it’s a gift in one sense, because he will do very well for them." Check out the latest Pride of Nottingham T-Shirt range, which is available from our online web store!: Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    2 points
  42. So Cal Roberts has quite quickly amassed 4 yellow cards: Torquay (Dissent), Wrexham (Foul), Aldershot (Simulation or was it the reaction after?) and Maidenhead (Dissent). I think I’m correct that 5 cards equates to a 1 match ban. With our supposedly easier fixtures coming to an end would you rather see him get booked this weekend (meaning he would miss Woking at home) or just wait and see how it plays out knowing that he could then miss one of the tougher games? Here’s our next 6 fixtures: Altrincham (A), Woking (H), Halifax (A), Yeovil (A), Stockport (H), Bromley (H). And do you think IB needs to have a word with him or is this just a one-off unlucky succession of bookings?
    2 points
  43. Notts County have had an excellent start to the season with an unbeaten start from the opening seven matches, with four wins and three draws. From a perfect performance against Barnet, where the Magpies came out on top by putting five past the bees who didn’t manage to find the back of the net. Semi-new Magpie boss Ian Burchnall has become a massive fan favourite by taking ‘County’ to the semi-finals of the national League play-offs last season and leading Notts County to a near - perfect start so far! The flying high Magpies didn’t have it entirely their way in the first home match of the season after falling behind early in the game due to miscommunication between Sam Slocombe and Connell Rawlinson. Later on, in the match, the big man’ Kyle Wootton scored a brilliant diving header to find the back of the net. With the match ending one a piece, the Magpie fans felt they should have taken all three points. 5 in 7 In nearly all matches for Notts County this season, the six - foot one forward has found the back of the net. Kyle Wootton originally joined Notts County on loan from Scunthorpe United back in 2019 before making It a permanent move in 2020 for a small fee of £60,000. Every season playing in the famous black and white jersey, Kyle Wootton has finished as the top goal scorer for the club. What does the future hold for Notts County? With the Notts County owners Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz being so honest, smart and incredibly responsible, the future does look good for the famous Notts County. Since the arrival of the new owners, the club has been well run and has had a massive turn around since the last owner, Alan Hardy, who put the Nottingham side up for sale after posting a picture of his genitalia on Twitter. The Reedtz brothers have set a 5-year plan out and the Magpies have one goal this year, promotion. Join the Pride of Nottingham in discuss what role you see Lewis Knight fulfilling in the upcoming season. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
    2 points
  44. We've had 2 glorious weeks in Weymouth, came back last Friday. Already booked for next year.
    2 points
  45. Slocombe 6.5 - not tested enough to merit a high mark, but didn't do a lot wrong. Brindley 7 - much better than Tuesday, defended well. Taylor 6 - a bit hit and miss, looks for the safe pass a bit too often when he should be crossing it. Lacey 7 - more like the Lacey we know. Held us together when Cameron went off. Cameron 6.5 - brought the ball out of defence well, hope his injury is a minor one. Francis 7.5* - impressed me today. Some really good forward balls and imposed himself more. Palmer 7 - not a good first half, but made up for it in the second. Roberts 5.5 - nothing seemed to go his way. Flashes of what he is capable of, but a poor penalty and a petulant booking limits his mark. Ruben 5.5 - again below par. The slightly deeper role doesn't suit what he is best at, he struggled to get into scoring positions. Wootton 6 - can't fault his effort, but he didn't get a lot of service. Mitchell 5.5 - I think there's a good player there, but he didn't show it today. Subs- O’Brien 6 - typical JOB, some things worked and some didn't, but I love his passion. Chicksen 7 - a really good replacement for Cameron. Solid, and a very useful squad member who is a bit unlucky not to start. Brilliant that we got another 3 points, but this game once again provided more questions than answers. We did the job against limited opposition, we need to show that we can do the same against the better teams.
    2 points
  46. Slocombe – 6.5 - Good save in the first half, quick to come and deal with balls into the box. Brindley – 7 - Usually positive and forward on the ball, some good strong defending as well. Lacey – 7 - Good distribution, very solid on the whole dealt well with Blissett. Cameron – 6.5 - He's also good on the ball but defensively he was caught out a few times. Taylor – 6.5 - Grew into the game, always tried to get forward and some good powerful runs. Francis – 6.5 - Some of his passing was great, some of his passing not so. Second half he dictated the game more which was encouraging. Palmer – 6.5 - Similar to Francis, both looked a bit off the pace first half. Full of running but just thought when he got into the final third he wasn't great. Roberts – 6.5 - Probably our best attacking threat, think he needs to be stronger sometimes rather than just going to ground looking for a soft free-kick. The less said about the penalty the better. Rodrigues – 6 - Really off game for him first half, passing was poor and overdid it at times when just the simple option was on... Better when he moved higher up for the last period of the game. Mitchell – 5.5 - Quiet game, a couple of good runs on the ball but didn't really trouble the Maidenhead defence. Wootton – 6 - Can’t fault the work rate and tidy on the ball when we pinged it too him but the Maidenhead CBs dealt with him. Subs Chicksen – 7 - Solid, very calm on the ball, always seems to read the game well. O’Brien – 6 - Added a bit of energy but like the other midfielders passing wasn't always great. Kelly-Evans – N/A
    2 points
  47. I don’t think there is any need to ban it from games maybe put limits on heading in training to limit the impacts. I also definitely think there needs to be a conversation about head injuries and how they are handled in football it seems to be way behind other sports in regards to concussion protocols and managing head injuries.
    2 points
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