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2 pointsCK is currently managing another persons team. Ok, he has a few games left this season, but, not with his own players. (Apart from some from his development squad/youth team). He is not able to bring anyone in yet. Therefore that's it for this season. He will have to rebuild his own team over the summer. We still will not know what he can do until Nov/Dec time. When hopefully everything will be rose again. I am not saying I am against the appointment, although its not a choice that I would have made. Good luck Chris. I will be behind you as I would any manager that is appointed (well maybe Steve Evans may have pushed me a bit far). You Pies!
2 pointsBrentford 2-1 Notts County FT Went 2-0 down, got one back when Alan Judge slotted home the rebound after JCR's penalty had been saved. For the last 20 minutes of the game we proved we could cause them problems while Enoch, Arquinn and Zoko were all on together with Boucaud, Bishop and Judgey all pushing forwards aswel. Shame we had to wait till we were 2-0 down with little chance of getting anything from the game before we started having a go. You do wonder what might have been if we had that prolific striker but what can we do? We're not really in a position to pay big bucks, and thats the only way of getting such a player. Id like to think we'd really take the game to Yeovil on Monday. Other people on here who see us regularly are better placed to comment than me but the way I see it this season we've lot our opposition settle into games far too comfortably especially at Meadow Lane. We need to make them nervous early on, dont give them time on the ball, dont let them settle, get into them! No disgrace in losing to Brentford though, they're easily one of the best sides in the league and particularly at Griffin Park - theres no disgrace in losing to them. Lastly, congratulations to goalkeeping coach Kevin Pilkington on making his 150th appearance for the club today. Bartosz had a bit of a howler for the first goal and was subbed at half time as he was ill and had apparently been 'touch and go' in the build up to the game. Hopefully he'll be OK for Mondays game.
2 pointsAt last we are unembargoed and can perhaps now concentrate on football. Sorry for Coventry fans: points should be won and lost on the pitch. Football is being destroyed by money men but then again so is the nation.
1 pointA very similar story to other games this season saw Notts County start well, struggle midway through, then get back into the game just a bit too late to leave Griffin Park with no points. The manner in which the losing goal was conceded, however, was a first, as an error from Bartosz Bialkowski gifted the Bees the lead, before being replaced by Notts legend Kevin Pilkington at half time because of injury. Chris Kiwomya, in his first match as permanent first team manager, picked a 4-5-1 tactical formation. Yoann Arquin replaced Enoch Showunmi up front to play the Bees, who began the game in fourth place and enjoying a 8-game unbeaten run at home, including against Chelsea. Notts started the game brightly, a chance by Andre Boucaud going over as a Brentford defensive header fell to him. On six minutes, Bradley Wright-Phillips fired a dangerous shot which ricocheted against the post and was cleared by the Notts backline. A good chance, it proved just the spark to kick start the Bees fans' singing and chanting. On eight minutes, A cross by Jake Bidwell fell towards Tom Adeyemi, who headed over. Two minutes later, Clayton Donaldson, the Brentford striker, saw his ball whizz towards goal. Shortly afterwards, Toumani Diagouraga and Jonathan Douglas got shots from the edge of the box, Notts players throwing themselves at those balls to thwart the players. On twenty minutes, disaster struck as Bialkowski, one of Notts' best and most consistent performers, made a howler to gift Brentford the lead, as Diagouraga fired a weak sidefoot shot which trickled past the keeper. It proved to be all Brentford once they withstood the early Notts barrage, and after a wayward Alan Judge shot from distance, Brentford threatened again, Shaleum Logan and Sam Saunders causing havoc in the Notts half. Sheehan then fired wide around the 30 min mark. By the 35th minute, Brentford had taken their fourth corner, a high ball into the box, but that came to nothing. Donaldson, BWP and Douglas kept pushing forward and harassing the County back line, getting speculative shots and headers in. Notts managed to break into the Brentford half every so often, Jamal Campbell-Ryce getting a decent cross in which the keeper parried away. In an amazing twist, Bart was subbed off at half-time because of injury, and with Fabian Speiss not in the team for the same reason, Kevin Pilkington came on for his 150th Notts appearance. Notts began the second half much in the same way as in the first half, with zest and vigour, and got some early chances in. Judge, one of our outstanding players in the first half, sent a great ball to Arquin, but his shot was flaccid and didn't trouble the keeper. The Magpies came into the game more, and played some good possession football - save by a slip by Judge which Boucaud helped clear - but the pendulum would swing both ways, and before long, Brentford were bombing forward. In the 55th minute, the threatening Logan was superbly tackled by Jeff Hughes. By the sixty minute mark, Brentford had settled into their groove again, and the likes of Douglas and Wright-Phillips had several more chances. In the 62nd minute, the formation was changed to 4-4-2 as Showunmi came on for Hughes, in a bid to provide more firepower. Pilkington, on 63, thwarted 17-goal dangerman Donaldson, his legs keeping the score to 1-0. Even Colin Slater couldn't hide his nostalgic pride at commentating on that piece of action. In rapid succession, Brentford got three more corners to add to their tally, cranking the pressure up on the beleaguered Magpies. In contrast, Notts were on zero at that stage. BWP put the apparent final nail in the Notts coffin as his shot beat Pilkington and bounced off the woodwork. Nothing less than they deserved after withstanding the initial Notts pressure, in both halves, to maintain their stranglehold over Notts. However, Notts got a chance to pull one back, as Judge was fouled in the box to win a penalty just a few minutes later. In the 73rd minute, JCR's penalty was saved, but Judge struck on the rebound to make it 2-1. Two goals in just a few minutes took the temperature of the game to higher levels, with both teams upping their tempo. The penalty taker for Notts was then substituted on 75 minutes in a bizarre exchange, as he made way for Zoko when it looked like Arquin was coming off. A brave substitution for Kiwomya saw three strikers up front, in a bid to push for an equaliser. A spat between BWP and Gary Liddle on 77 was testament to the increased efforts by both teams, desperate in their respective attempts to restore the two-goal cushion and to equalise. Donaldson had another chance shortly after. Finally, on 81 minutes, Notts finally got their first corner of the game, which very nearly went in from Showunmi's header, but was cleared off the line. Sadly the subsequent pinballing into the box came to nothing, as the big forward missed his second attempt. Buoyed by their goal, Notts pushed forward, Judge firing an effort from thirty yards on 82 minutes. Sadly, Brentford managed to hold on to their lead, Notts' spirited fightback proving too little too late. The game finished 2-1, Notts' faint glimmer of play-off hope surely extinguished for good this season, leaving them eight points away from the play-offs with five games to play.
1 pointWill be making sure I visit my share of them, all will be new to me but hopefully a brighter season. If other things go in our way, there's no reason why Chris can't be successful for us and I hope a couple of players in, some out will make great improvements to our squad. I'll echo Muddy's comment, which is one that bugs me. Drop the 1 striker!! Unless he plays Zoko or another two optional players who can drop to the wing or accompany the striker. It just doesn't work having a holding midfield, it makes us flat and unattractive going forward. (it can work) but too much to tinker with in my opinion. Also, 3 at the back, Horrible but we should be going back to basics. Shame, I hoped Chris would come away with the points but he has my support. (even if we do see the above formation)
1 pointTony Hately, David Pipe, L Hughes
1 pointWish we'd stop playing one up front. Very negative! Congratulations to Pilks on his 150th appearance for Notts.
1 pointJust been listening to the first half on BBC Radio Nottingham. Gutted for Bart, he's a top top keeper and an uncharacteristic howler, statistically, had to come at some point (Peter Schmeichel himself made a few during his career) but we're just unable to respond. Same old story... whenever we break into the opposition half, we just can't threaten the goal. I've mentally given up on what little glimmer of hope there was for the play-offs. We're playing for pride and consolidation now, we may as well just use the youngsters now, get scouting and ensure we have a team which is competent enough on all fronts and push for promotion!
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