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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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...
    2 points
  5. Thought Hungary were so well set up...a mixture of their top 3 pressing, discipline to keep players behind the ball, making it difficult for England to find space
    1 point
  6. Good little player DKE, yes he has had a difficult time during those 3 defeats but so did every player.
    1 point
  7. Expected to see the White Hart in Arnold on the list to be honest. I used to go in there a fair bit back in the 90s. Now has a Lidl on the site. Same with the Porchester Arms on Woodborough Road, a place I often visited in my early 20s.
    1 point
  8. That is very generous of you to give them a game against 10 men!
    1 point
  9. Give the ball to Rodrigues in areas he can get a clean shot off, he will hurt the opposition 9/10.
    1 point
  10. @CliftonMagpie I think Yeovil handled the recording mate, they've uploaded the same highlights.
    1 point
  11. Those 3 losses pretty much eradicated all thought of our unbeaten start. That win against Yeovil has quietened everything down again. That said those 3 games revealed some weaknesses, call them what you want but lack of focus, lack of desire, lack of calmness, even a lack of clinic finishing. You learn from your mistakes and all I can hope is that we have! The injuries definitely haven’t help but I like that IB doesn’t want to use that as an excuse as it’s a squad game after all. For those coming in it’s a chance to prove themselves and show why they deserve a spot in the first 11. Some people are still questioning the squad as a whole, even I'm not 100% convinced. Are our forward options as strong as they can be? Do we need more of an nasty edge in midfield. It's way too early to properly judge the new signings, a lot of them are young and I just think a bit of patience is required. So I'm not overly concerned right now... We're going to have ups and downs over the course of a season. Let’s just hope the next few games see us back on the up again!
    1 point
  12. yes, i have read and seen some very stupid comments about how dke is to blame for everything during the three defeats. its from people who cant accept that notts will lose and go into a pathetic meltdown.
    1 point
  13. Some people will blame anyone or anything thing, any grown adult using fraud to comment on a footballer without using grown up words has lived a sheltered life.
    1 point
  14. @upthepies has expressed my thoughts on this, pretty much.
    1 point
  15. 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.
    1 point
  16. I fail to see why anyone would actively hate DKE, he tries and gives his all. I would understand views about him not being good enough, although my personal opinion is different. I do think at times he gets caught out but as a squad player, he's good to have a round.
    1 point
  17. 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.
    1 point

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