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  1. Breakdown of key topics: The Danish brothers were attracted to Notts because, the clubs history, Nottingham as a city, the potential and a fantastic opportunity. 2019/2020 aim is to hopefully gain promotion - however, they feel it's not expected and Neal Ardley must establish the team. Long term goals: Create an excellent scouting infrastructure to enable the club to sign the right players from the English leagues and overseas. They want to work with the fans so that the club can attract newer and more fans. It's hoped the club can go as far as it can, creating new memories. Hardest challenge faced coming in was forming the team, due to the time limits. Neal Ardley acknowledges that the new owners came straight in, they helped him to move quickly to make the signings and some of the players didn't have a pre-season. Media has been interested in the takeover in Denmark, that we are the oldest professional club and additionally with Kasper having played here - Danish people like supporting one English club, perhaps Notts? Things had to happen very quickly, they didn't have much time to look at players nor due proper financial diligence with the takeover. Both were happy with completing, they just wished they had more time. Unsure what to expect from owning a football club, they acknowledge that the staff have plenty of experience which makes their life easier. Spending money respectfully and carefully, Neal Ardley doesn't want to mismanage this. Owners look beyond defeats, they look at the bigger picture. Two new scoreboards to be installed, with support from Lifeline and the OSA. The club wants to promote the heritage, yet there are no plans currently to open a museum. Neal Ardley instructs everyone to go up for corners as it allows for more space, those with height have a threat. i.e Ben Turner, Kyle Wootton etc. There are no plans to have our own training facilities, but the club hopes to have something more permanent in the future. Neal Ardley starts Enzio Boldewijn because of his current ability, rather than form and despite Sam Osborne being described as a having a bright future - he's not see as being better, despite being a 'hard worker'. What do you think of the evening and, the items discussed? You can watch the event below.
  2. The simple answer is yes, we do miss Jim O'Brien. What Notts has done without him on the field has been impressive, however, I imagine it would be a lot more better if he hadn't broken his arm. I know, Jim's excited about his return, but it's still some time away. Things revealed in a scan not that long ago shown delays in his healing, the club doesn't want to rush it - which is a good thing. I do, feel we require a player like O'Brien who isn't afraid to get involved. Isn't afraid to be tired, press or run for every ball. This is something, naturally which our team is missing and Mitch Rose doesn't offer anywhere near suitable cover right now.
  3. Performances like Saturday can lead to inconsistencies, and, it can also highlight complacency. Does it make Notts County a poor team suddenly, no. We do have good players, it's a simple fact that not enough performed well at all, and when this happens you won't get a result. If Notts had managed to pull one back, I think it could have spurred the players on further. My concern, is fans seem quite split with regards to Neal Ardly - who for me, at least needs this season to establish some sort of consistency. Yet, the failure to see that Barrow would claim 3 points does come as a bit of a ground hogs day moment. I agree with everything @ARLukomski, we just need to settle ourselves back down.
  4. While the Barrow fans seem to be largely windup merchants on Twitter, I don't think any Notts fan would deny the better team won the game. It's just; I rarely see poor winners in such a pathetic demonstration of childish celebrations. I would have happily gone home, accepted that Barrow deserved the win, but the way they acted is just unfortunate. I can get over the way they attempted to incense our fans, does that demonstrate how much winning meant? No, Leigh, it doesn't. It highlights them as poor winners. Running over to their travelling fans, for me would have highlighted how much it meant to them. But, besides this - again they deserved the win. They did homework on us, shut Notts down and knew exactly how to contain us. Plus, at times Barrow was quite enjoyable to watch (when they weren't time-wasting, diving, playing dirty). All part of their tactics mind, I get that! This all put to one side; I feel there are things we can learn from this. Notts won't win every game, just like Barrow won't remain top of the National League table for long if they continue to be vein. 1] - Once our keeper has the ball, the players need to be quicker to make space and move without clustering themselves into areas which only benefit an organised opposition. Sam Slocombe can be very quick to release the ball, however, despite this we don't counter that well, and against Barrow, this would have been highly effective I feel. Don't get me wrong; it's improved from the days whereby nobody seemed to want the ball, but even I could make more movement after dislocating both my knees than some of our players. 2] - Retaining focus on the game rather than antics! Several players mentioned to me after the match that Barrow players repeatedly rubbed the result in their faces. While this is again poor showmanship, whatever happened to wanting to prove people wrong? This type of s**t is precisely the type of thing which fuelled me when I used to play. Good players, they use this to their advantage - just like Lee Hughes did back in his playing days at Meadow Lane. Michael Doyle, at times, almost lost his head, this isn't what you want to see from the clubs captain. 3] - Stop rushing passes! There's no point rushing, it leads to poor play, and often it just makes people panic. Damien McCrory was a visible offender of this, likewise Mitch Rose, who hasn't been the same since Michael Doyle returned from his suspension. Enzio Boldewijn rushed that shocking back pass, although if people wanted to be a bit fairer on that - why did we play so high? Especially knowing how eager and quick, the barrow players were to break. It makes no sense at all. 4] - Sometimes, changes are required at half time! If you want to try to get a result, sometimes you need to force a change. Enzio Boldewijn should have been subbed early, his free playing role just created space, and it made it more difficult for Richard Brindley to defend. I accept, most of the players performed quite badly, and it wasn't a good team performance at all. Yet choosing to stick, when it's isn't working. Just reminds most people that Ardley tends to leave things late, he doesn't have a plan B and individual players no matter what their form are always going to perform inconsistently when they don't fear being dropped. 5] - Better homework is required! Barrow did theirs on us; it just sometimes seems like we have no idea how to counter when good teams come to Meadow Lane or even play us. There's no point trying to chase a 2-0 lead, without acknowledging that the opposition is playing a different game. Or, only that our tactics aren't working. Before Barrow's goal, Notts looked okay, and chances did fall. When it went wrong, well it never seemed likely that we could salvage a point from the game. After last season, I can't be the only Notts fan who wishes to see more fight from our players. This season is far from terrible, we are doing better than Chesterfield, and I would like to maintain this. Would I be annoyed that Notts failed to make the playoffs? No, it's more about working together and losing games where we put in an excellent performance ourselves. Kyle Wootton and Wes Thomas are the only two players that can walk away from the Barrow game, feeling like they had put in any shift. I know, Thomas doesn't feel he played well as he told me himself. I don't want to see the squad suffering the same old problems that we tend to see.
  5. I'm disappointed, yet every team has an off day and it means very little. I am sure the lads will respond to this positively, Barrow whilst being somewhat childish and dirty - they deserved the win. I don't want to comment any further on them, otherwise I might still be typing my thoughts here, tomorrow! I thought the strikers did well enough, little service and a major lack of quality from the crossing. Simple fact is, too many had an off day.
  6. The one and only Wes Thomas. It's interesting that I early on, suggested that his finishing was better than what was labelled. I recall being told he won't score more than 5 and that he can't hit a barn door. Whilst he does miss some sitters, what do people expect at this level? The wonderful strikes he has scored, certainly show that he's lethal when given plenty of time. He'll finish the highest goalscorer IMO.
  7. I still think it's more important to be pushing Regan Booty, however, I do see how his experience and recent form does help the club. This will most likely be his last season for Notts. I hope he wants to end his career with a bang, and I don't mean elbowing or kicking an opposition player. Sorry Michael, you've walked into this one. I do value what you bring, I'm just unsure if you would be guaranteed a start if I was Neal Ardley.
  8. Unless of a knock, or an injury, I don't think any changes would be required. I think the squads pretty settled, I'm looking forward to the game.

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