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  1. 2 hours ago, DangerousSausage said:

    You could probably accept this result had we collected a minimum of four from the last two. But in the context of those, it isn't enough. It looks like we'll be scrapping it out for the last one or two play-off spots, and like @Elite_pie I've got no confidence we'll even make it to the final.

    Teams that win promotion keep clean sheets and rack up the ugly wins, and we don't. That's been the common thread between the last three seasons - a soft underbelly. We were in the lead against Chesterfield and twice against Solihull. That's five priceless points against immediate promotion rivals that we've blown. If we keep fluffing the big games, we'll get nowhere.

    If you had to describe why I don't think we are likely to go up in just three words, "a soft underbelly" would be hard to beat!  We have a lot of positives, but for some reason we can't translate those positives into points.  Something is missing, if we could recruit a box to box midfielder in a lower league mould of Neal Bishop or Ryan Yates it could make all the difference.  We seem to have an abundance of midfielders who at this level are comfortable on the ball and technically gifted, but we seem to lack someone who maybe doesn't have the fancy touches but will crunch into tackles that stop the opposition playing.  I think it's a vital role, but one that our recruitment policy doesn't seem to recognise.

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  2. 11 hours ago, Piethagoram said:

    Jaros 6.5 Couldnt be faulted for any of the goals. so nearly saved the penalty for Solihull's opener, then wrongly adjudged by the hopeless ref for a 2nd penalty, linesman overruled

    DKE 6 Combative, bordering on a red card

    Rawlinson 6 Game made for his heading

    Lacey 7 Great header to score from a corner

    Chicksen 6 Got exposed defensively at times for not putting in a challenge

    Francis 5 sometimes too easily challenged in midfield

    Vincent 5 effort yes, but quality wasnt there

    Brunt 5 hit the post, coudnt make things happen

    Ruben 8 motm .... 2 goals 1 assist

    Wootton 7 a better game than recent performances, lovely through ball to Ruben

    Roberts 5 Anonymous 2nd half


    Apart from giving Wootton and Roberts a 6, I'd agree with those marks.  I know the centre midfield combination was forced on us, but they offered very little protection to the defence and Solihull found it easy to get into the final third.  The overruled penalty was a ridiculous decision by the ref.  It happened right in front of us, and Jaros got to the ball first with a strong hand then their player tripped over his arm.  I really don't know what the ref thought he saw, but the lino was right next to it and thankfully corrected him.

    A good game and probably the right result in the end.  I think we'll sneak into the playoffs, but I have no confidence in us winning them.

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  3. 4 hours ago, Fozzy said:

    It was worse @DangerousSausage

    Started off quite promising for the first few minutes. Yeovil started the game with the high press, but we managed to get through it and created a couple of really good chances. We then went right off the boil and the rest of the half was pretty average.

    Second half we were woeful. Awful header from Francis to put us in a mess and although Jaros managed to block the first effort, he had no chance with the goal as he was out of his area. 

    Never put them under any real pressure and got lucky with the equaliser. 

    Highlight of the day for me was the Melee. Tempers were frayed, so our response was to bring on that timid soul DKE! Their number 14 was subbed to stop him getting sent off from another foul and I thought Ruben was going to go with his reactions to the ref not giving him anything.

    I think at the moment unless something changes, we'll struggle to make the playoffs, we're not a big or physical enough a side and if teams press us we struggle as we only have one playing style.


    That's a good summary.  Based on the clear cut chances we created in the first half it's a game we should have won, but once we had given them a goal we were truly awful and a bit fortunate that their marking was lacking in stoppage time.  We look good when we are on it, but hard working, well organised, but limited teams like Yeovil cause us more problems than they should.  I think we'll make the playoffs, but winning them looks a bit of a dream at the moment.

  4. Jaros 6.5 - encouraging debut, great save from the ludicrous penalty and let down by his defenders for the goals.
    Brindley 6 - some good blocks and tried to get forward.
    Lacey 5.5 - started well, struggled a bit when they got into gear.
    Cameron 6 - not everything went his way, but can't fault his effort.
    Richardson 5 - posed problems early, but was anonymous for much of the game.
    Palmer 5.5 - probably his least effective game in a Notts shirt, well below his usual standard.
    Brunt 5 - the odd good pass, but had less impact as the game progressed.
    Roberts 8* - quality goal, and our main attacking threat throughout.
    Taylor 6 - got involved, but struggled to find the final ball.
    Rodrigues 5 - the odd moment of class, but yet again mostly ineffective.
    Wootton 5 - didn't get a lot in terms of service, but offered minimal threat.

    Vincent 5 - didn't offer much when he came on.
    Sam 6.5 - more good moments than bad, better then most.

    A very disappointing defeat after looking good for the first 30 minutes. After that, we were simply outthought and outfought. We had a midfield who were decent when they had the ball, but were very poor when they didn't. This game highlighted all of our weaknesses, and we need to accept that pretty football sometimes doesn't work at this level if we are to keep our season alive. We don't need hoofball, but we need to mix it more.

    The ref was awful, but he wasn't the reason we lost. The penalty he awarded was one of the most ridiculous decisions I've seen for a very long time, and once he decided that Lacey had committed a foul for the free kick that led to their winner it surely had to be a red card rather than a yellow.

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  5. Slocombe 6 - only routine saves to make, but did ok.
    Rawlinson 6 - was sound defensively, but doesn't offer the forward threat of Brindley on the right of a back three.
    Cameron 6.5 - decent performance moved back into the middle.
    Chicksen 5.5 - not as good as he usually is in what I consider to be his best position.
    Nemane 5.5 - battled well but struggled to beat his man and create anything.
    Francis 6 - a few decent passes but nothing decisive.
    Vincent 6 - worked hard but his ambitious passes mostly missed the target.
    Roberts 6 - a few good moments but never posed a real threat.
    Parsons 6 - willing to have a run at their defence, but lacked the final ball.
    Mitchell 5 - struggled to get involved, disappointing overall.
    Sam 7* - showed both sides of his game, but mostly the better side today. His first goal was easy, his second was a good bit of finishing. Hopefully he can still have a part to play in the more important games.

    Rodrigues 6 - a few good passes, a few poor ones.
    Taylor 5.5 - good to see him back, but no real impact.
    Richardson 6 - got into some good positions, but didn't make the most of them.

    Happy with the win, but I think today showed how important Matty Palmer and Kyle Wootton are to the team.

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  6. 4 hours ago, Piethagoram said:

    Patterson 8.5 Beaten early by a thunderbolt at the near post, but penalty save from Mullen was a game changer.

    Brindley 8 Was going to mark as 5.5, with so many loose passes but that diving block in the area was worth an additional 2.5

    Lacey 7.5 Thought he had a controlled game, defensively sound against a potent attack. Not his usual display of attacking passes

    Cameron 8 Cross for Wootton sublime, even if slightly deflected.

    Francis 7 Thought he had a good game. Just needs to eliminate the odd mistake

    Palmer 8 King pin again, recycles stuff and some good challenges

    Vincent 7.5 Live wire performance, does make space and orchestrates thing. Shame about conceding the penalty, though the Wrexham player read him and won it. Touch unfair

    Chicksen 7.5 Comes in, does a job

    Richardson 8 Was always getting into position to receive the ball. Class when he is around the area, as you know the ball isnt going to be wasted. Scored too!

    Mitchell 6.5 concussed apparently , so withdrawn after 45. Involved in Notts penalty

    Wootton 8 Goal machine, end of


    Sam 6.5 The enigma, but he kept the Wrexham defence occupied, more than Mitchell did. How did he put that header over?

    Unusually high marks from you!  I would have gone a bit lower in general, but a potentially big 3 points.

    Great game, great crowd, great atmosphere, and full credit to both sets of fans.  It just deserved to be played at a higher level than this.

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  7. Slocombe 6 - dribbling in his six yard box isn't his thing, but he did what he had to do efficiently.
    Brindley 6 - not one of his better games, but he played ok.
    Lacey 7 - solid and dependable.
    Cameron 7 - love the way he leads by example, but a couple of dodgy moments late on.
    Richardson 6.5 - improved as the game went on, looks like he could be a good loanee.
    Palmer 7 - a bit off the pace first half, showed his qualities in the second.
    Vincent 8* - energetic all over the pitch, was at the heart of many of our good bits.
    Roberts 6.5 - still not quite there and maybe not in his ideal position, still caused them problems.
    Taylor 6 - struggled to get forward as much as he usually does.
    Rodrigues 6 - another in and out game, the silly booking was disappointing.
    Wootton 8 - missed a good chance very early, but more than made up for it later. Crucial to our promotion chances.

    Parsons 7 - added an attacking threat on the left, hopefully he'll get his chances to show what he can do.
    O'Brien 6 - came on when the game was won, but played his part.
    Francis n/a

  8. 1 hour ago, Chris said:

    I'm not stressed about Notts, we should easily find the form to finish in the play-offs - we'd need a massive downfall of form to fail that.

    I don't think that's true, it's so tight at the top end that even a slight dip in the form we've shown so far could see us miss out on the playoffs.  The 'games in hand' bit makes the table a bit inaccurate, so I did a table based on points per game:

    1. Chesterfield 2.12 PPG (GD+20)
    2. Boreham Wood 2.06 (+13)
    3. Halifax 1.94 (+12)
    4. Bromley 1.89 (+12)
    5. Grimsby 1.78 (+11)
    6. Notts 1.78 (+8)
    7. Solihull 1.78 (+4)
    8. Stockport 1.76 (+8)
    9. Wrexham 1.74 (+14)
    10 Yeovil 1.65 (+4)

    The difference between 5th and 9th place is tiny, so we need to maintain our current form as a minimum.  There's still a long way to go, and we still have to play a lot of the lower teams, so our fate is still in our own hands.  Any team that can put a long unbeaten run together from now will have a good chance of the automatic spot.

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  9. On 19/11/2021 at 11:30, Elite_pie said:

    Does saying "end of" mean nobody else can comment?  Of course his performance can be defended, and to prove it here are a few match ratings from elsewhere:

    Chicksen 7 - Flipped a switch 10 mins into 2nd half and had a fantastic 15mins. More of that, please.

    Chicksen - 8* - Thought he was excellent. Another assist too

    Chicksen - 8* - Was troubled a couple of times by Rochdale's high press early on but recovered and delivered a sublime cross that led to the equaliser. Was brilliant in the second half.

    Two of them made him their man of the match, I would have rated him a solid 7 and thought he had a decent game.


    Probably an age thing because I don't do emoticons, but does your smiley face mean that you find my post laughable?

    If so, I would be interested to know why.

  10. 13 hours ago, Joshua said:

    Chicksen did play poorly, end of. Even his fans can't defend his shoddy performance against Rochdale.

    Does saying "end of" mean nobody else can comment?  Of course his performance can be defended, and to prove it here are a few match ratings from elsewhere:

    Chicksen 7 - Flipped a switch 10 mins into 2nd half and had a fantastic 15mins. More of that, please.

    Chicksen - 8* - Thought he was excellent. Another assist too

    Chicksen - 8* - Was troubled a couple of times by Rochdale's high press early on but recovered and delivered a sublime cross that led to the equaliser. Was brilliant in the second half.

    Two of them made him their man of the match, I would have rated him a solid 7 and thought he had a decent game.


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  11. On 17/11/2021 at 12:25, Chris said:

    Adam Chicksen is not a centre back, he was just awful and Anthony Patterson didn't look calm at all - although he made some very good saves. I felt Chicksen was largely poor the whole game.

    Adam Chicksen wasn't played as a centre back, he was played on the left side of a back 3 which is his best position and in my opinion he did a pretty good job.  

  12. Good question.  I often look at their forum and after they won their first two games they were convinced Clough was the man.  The following 12 games have produced 5 draws and 7 defeats, and many now want Clough out.   Stags fans 'worst case scenario', where their main rivals Chesterfield and us go up and they go down is looking a slight but increasing possibility.  Even though they are a division above, I'm sure us and the Spireites are enjoying the season more than they are!

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  13. Patterson 7 - a couple of good saves, distribution superb first half but went a bit awry in the second.
    Brindley 7 - some good forward runs out of defence.
    Rawlinson 7 - a good, solid performance.
    Cameron 8 - won most of his challenges, really good goal, led by example.
    DKE 6 - usual commitment, but let down by his crossing.
    JOB 7 - always involved, covered a lot of ground.
    Palmer 9* - Sheer quality. Always available for a pass and barely wasted a ball. Too good for this level.
    Vincent 6 - seemed to be trying a bit too hard, not many things worked.
    Taylor 7 - did well defensively and going forward, caused them a few problems.
    Rodrigues 6 - no real impact, a few decent runs but struggled to work a shooting position.
    Wootton 7 - held the ball up well, got others involved.

    Roberts 6.5 - took a while to get going, unlucky not to score.
    Mitchell 5 - had a good chance to win it, but badly scuffed his shot and it ended up more of a pass back to their keeper.

    The ref 4 - he seemed so determined not to be influenced by the crowd that the 50/50 decisions went 90/10 in their favour. It had to be a really blatant foul for him to give us a free kick.

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  14. Patterson 7 - not a lot to do in the way of saves, but confident with his handling and distribution. Deserved a clean sheet.
    Brindley 7 - looks good on the right side of a back three, defended well and helped to build a few attacks.
    Rawlinson 7.5 - looked rock solid all afternoon until his brainfart at the end.
    Cameron 8.5 - looked more like the player I hoped we'd signed, commanding performance at the back.
    Kelly-Evans 8.5* - his best game for a while, did everything you expect from a wing back all over the pitch.
    Palmer - 8.5 - always available, barely wasted a pass, looks a class above this level.
    O'Brien 7 - as usual not everything worked, but always in the action.
    Vincent 8 - gave us something extra, lots of energy and movement, composed finish for his goal.
    Taylor 7 - solid defensively and a threat going forward.
    Rodrigues 7.5 - seemed to be singled out as the danger man, linked play well and worked some good positions.
    Wootton 7 - missed two pretty good chances, but kept going and deserved his goal.

    Roberts 6.5 - got involved, helped us keep hold of the ball in their half. I have to mention his woeful effort when he had possession in the centre circle and their keeper had gone up for the corner. A real chance, but it went nearer the corner flag than the goal. He probably needs a bit of extra training with Michael Doyle on scoring 50-yarders!
    Mitchell - n/a.

    A really enjoyable game and an excellent atmosphere, where the tempo was quicker and we played some really good stuff. There wasn't a weak link in the team and every player did their job. This showed what we are capable of, we just need to do it more often.

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  15. 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.

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  16. The most hilarious head butt in football history came from our much  revered Prime Minister Boris Johnson (piethagoram might like this one) in a charity game.  He seemed to forget he was on a football pitch, and reverted to something between a rugby tackle and 'what we got up to at public school':



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  17. 1 hour ago, Chris said:

    The key word is rotation, Ruben Rodrigues for me, needs to be dropped to the bench for at least one game.

    If he's carrying a knock, unfit due to pre-season or just finding it difficult - he hasn't been the same recently at all.

    I would agree with that, Ruben has reverted to the inconsistent player he was under Ardley last season rather than the exciting player we saw later on under Burchnall.  Whether it is down to a reaction from him catching Covid, who knows?  He's looked a bit lost and indecisive in recent games, and I'm not sure the deeper role he seems to be playing suits him.  Hopefully he'll play further forward against Woking with Roberts suspended, and we'll see an improvement.

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  18. 9 hours ago, allardyces tash said:

    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.

    Why is it nonsense, and why is it argumentative?  Are differing opinions not allowed on here?  Last season when we were playing twice a week we had a large enough squad to rotate players frequently, whereas some of our rivals didn't even have enough players to put 5 subs on the bench.  Also, for this level, we have state-of-the art facilities and medical back up that other clubs just don't have.  That must mean that we should suffer from fatigue less than many of our rivals.  Of course it makes a difference, just ask King's Lynn or Dover.

    If a club like ours has 'fatigued' players after 8 games, this division will be played at walking pace after Christmas!

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  19. 1 hour ago, Chris said:

    I think fatigue is impacting some players, I keep saying it.

    Really???? We have players who are fatigued after eight games, mostly playing once a week???

    When did professional footballers become so weak?  Other teams have played a similar number of games, so are their players equally "fatigued"?  Sorry, but of all the excuses we can come up with fatigue isn't one of them given our facilities and squad depth.

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  20. We managed a couple weeks in Lanzarote with the family in August, and are flying to The Algarve on 3rd October (the day after we play Woking) returning on 22nd (the day before we play Stockport).  That's 19 days away without missing a game at Meadow Lane unless we are drawn at home in the cup.  The return flights cost £39.96, and that's the total for both of us, not each!!!

    The apartments we are staying in directly overlook the training ground of the Portuguese Primeira Liga team I have become a fan of, Portimonense FC.  I first became interested in them when I saw fans walking around in black and white striped shirts, and they were a second division club then.  I have been to watch them play a couple of times, and was hoping to go again but they don't have any home games due to the international break. 




    29 minutes ago, Piethagoram said:

    Francis 4 see opening comment. Need a younger Neal Bishop in this role


    I'd even be tempted by the current Neal Bishop.  The one thing we really lack is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder like Bishop or Ryan Yates.

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  22. 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.


    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.

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  23. Slocombe 7 - one dodgy punch apart, he looked a bit more confident. One superb save low down probably earned us two points.
    Brindley 5 - a torrid night, constantly exposed and most of their dangerous attacks were down our right.
    Lacey 5 - never got to grips with their strikers, had a difficult time.
    Cameron 6 - same as Lacey, but gets an extra point for scoring the winner. He needs to show similar dominance and desire in our box as well though.
    Taylor 6 - did ok, best of the back line and got forward at times.
    Roberts 7.5 - the end product didn't match the approach work, but he was a real danger all game.
    Francis 6 - moderate first half, but improved as the game progressed. Needs a bit of shooting practice!
    Palmer 7.5* - covered a lot of ground, always available for a pass and hardly wasted a ball all night.
    Rodrigues 5 - a shadow of the player he can be. Overhit passes, poor first touch, struggled to get involved.
    Wootton 7.5 - led the line well, another goal, showed how viital he is to the team.
    Mitchell 6.5 - his pace was always a threat, I think he needs a goal to really show what he can do.

    O'Brien 6 - worked hard.
    Kelly-Evans 6 - helped to shore up the right side late on.
    Sam n/a - not enough time to rate, but the more I see of Eli Sam the more I wonder what he offers.

    We started slowly and were poor until Roberts equalised, and we were very lucky to go in ahead at half time. The 15 minutes after half time was our best spell, we created a lot and should have put the game to bed. Once they got back to 3-2 though it was a nervy last half hour, and a relief when the final whistle blew. A very entertaining game where 5-5 would probably have been a fair score. Well done to Wealdstone and their fans, they certainly played their part.

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