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  1. Kevin Nolan says he is "absolutely delighted" to have steered Notts County to a playoff place in League Two and wants the Magpies to win the next two games and "finish off in style". Notts hammered Yeovil Town 4-1 on Saturday which, combined with other results, has guaranteed them a place in the top seven. With two games left, the Magpies still have a chance to claim an automatic promotion place, which Nolan is gunning for. “One of the staff made me aware when I walked back in after the game and I am absolutely delighted,” he told the Nottingham Post. “Everybody would have snapped your hand off at the start of the season if we would have been offered a play-off place. “But I am delighted for the lads because they’ve been brilliant all season long and I want them to finish off in style. “I want to win the next two games because you get your just rewards when you do that.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  2. Who was your man of the match for Notts County against Yeovil Town?
  3. Notts County have secured a spot in the League Two playoffs thanks to Saturday's resounding 4-1 win over Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane. In addition, victory took the Magpies to within two points of third-placed Wycombe Wanderers - who lost 3-0 at Accrington Stanley - with two games left to play. Both sides traded blows throughout the first half, Jonathan Forte riflling a shot past the post before hitting the bar with an audacious lob but Yeovil also having numerous opportunities to open the scoring. However, it was Notts that took the lead on the stroke of half time as Dan Jones let rip with an audacious long-range effort which took a deflection and wrongfooted Yeovil keeper John Maddison en route to goal. After the restart, the hosts doubled their advantage in comical fashion, Liam Noble's cross in the 54th minute being emphatically thumped into the visitors' net by Glovers defender Tom James from around 20 yards out as he attempted a clearance. Elliott Hewitt made it three on 69 minutes, cutting in from the left and bearing down on goal before firing low past Maddison. And four minutes later it was four, Lewis Alessandra latching onto Forte's ball and dribbling past two defenders before netting from close range. Although Alex Fisher netted a consolation in injury time from a free kick, the result was in no doubt whatsoever and the Black & White Army could celebrate another huge step in the team's promotion bid. Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  4. Alan Hardy has expressed his delight with Notts County for both their progress on the pitch and off the pitch. The Magpies prepare to face Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane this afternoon and, should results go their way, a playoff place will be mathematically guaranteed. Writing in the Nottingham Post, Hardy said: "If somebody had told me at the beginning of the season that on April 21 we would be in contention to secure a play-off spot, I would have snapped their hand off. "Yet here we are, preparing for our penultimate home game of the season knowing if we better Mansfield’s result we’ll be guaranteed a top-seven finish. "That would be an excellent achievement for us – particularly with another two games left to play - and, while it certainly won’t be easy, I have every faith that the players will get their part of the job done. Then it’ll be over to Mansfield! "Of course, if things don’t go to plan there’ll be no panic from our side. No matter what happens this season, it’s been a terrific performance from the players, management, supporters and staff. "The progress we’ve made both on and off the field is remarkable – as demonstrated by the recent news that we have been nominated for three prestigious awards by sports hospitality experts Stadium Experience. "This recognition comes after a season of rapid progression in the commercial side of the business. "In the summer we refurbished two of our biggest suites, rebranded our packages and worked on improving the quality of food and service in all our corporate areas. "It’s our vision to become a world-class venue for both matchday and non-matchday events and these nominations show we are now operating on a par with some of the biggest sports clubs in the country. "I’d like to congratulate our commercial director, Amanda Fletcher, and all members of staff – casual and full-time – for contributing to this wonderful achievement. "I’m very grateful to everyone who supports us in our efforts to generate additional revenue, which is absolutely essential for a club like ours. "Ticket revenue is by far our biggest earner but, if we’re to compete at the level we want to, we must maximise our ‘through the week’ income streams and be imaginative in our search for new ones. "We’re already working at a level which I feel belies our current position in the football pyramid but we have to keep striving for more in order to support the growth we’re hoping to achieve on the pitch. "Here’s to another three points against Yeovil Town this weekend." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  5. Prediction league round 43

    Derby County 2 v 1 Middlesbrough (joker) Leeds United 1 v 1 Barnsley AFC Wimbledon 1 v 0 Oldham Athletic Portsmouth 2 v 1 Charlton Athletic Forest Green Rovers 0 v 1 Chesterfield Wycombe Wanderers 0 v 2 Accrington Stanley
  6. Head to head Notts County and Yeovil Town have met 16 times over the years. The first game took place at Meadow Lane on 4 November 1961, with the Magpies beating their opponents 4-2 in the FA Cup. That was the only meeting of the two pre-21st century - the 15 meetings following that game all took place between 2004 and this year. The last meeting came on 21 November last year, a 1-1 draw at Huish Park. Yeovil have the upper edge in the head-to-head with seven wins, five defeats and four draws against Notts. Notts have won just one of their last nine league games against Yeovil, and are winless their last four matches against the Glovers/ Yeovil have lost just one of their last four league trips to face Notts, despite failing to score in each of their last two visits to Meadow Lane. Stats The Magpies have won back-to-back league games for the first time since they won six games in a row ending in September. The Glovers have lost consecutive league games without scoring a goal in either. They last lost three in a row without scoring in March 2015. Jonathan Forte has scored three goals in his last two league games, as many as he managed in his previous 23 combined. History Yeovil Football Club was founded in 1890, and shared their ground with the local rugby club for many years. Five years later they were renamed Yeovil Casuals and started playing home games at the Pen Mill Athletic Ground. In 1907 the name Yeovil Town was adopted, which on amalgamation with Petters United became Yeovil and Petters United. The name reverted to Yeovil Town prior to the 1946–47 season. The Somerset outfit have spent most of their existence in the lower leagues, though they briefly made a name for themselves in the 1948-49 season when they beat Sunderland 2-1 in the FA Cup fourth round. In the 1980s, Yeovil were founder members of the Football Conference, where they remained for the next two decades, save for a few relegations to the Isthmian League which usually resulted in an instant return to the above tier. Yeovil Town earned promotion to the Football League in the 2002-03 season, by winning the Football Conference by a record 17 points margin, accumulating 95 points and scoring 100 goals, remaining unbeaten at Huish Park. In their second ever season in the Football League, the Glovers went one better by achieving promotion to the third tier as champions of League Two. Then, in the following years even reached the League One playoffs, beating Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals in 2006-07 before losing to Blackpool in the final at Wembley. Six years later, however, Yeovil achieved what had been deemed unthinkable a decade earlier - they reached the second tier of English football after beating Brentford in the 2013 League One play-off final. Their stay in the Championship was brief, however, and they went on to suffer back-to-back relegations, leaving them in the bottom tier of the Football League where they still ply their trade. Team news Jon Stead could return to the Notts starting line-up, having made his return from injury at Colchester United last Saturday as a substitute. That game came too soon for Terry Hawkridge but the winger could feature this weekend. Yeovil are still without former Notts man Francois Zoko, who has one game left to serve on his suspension, while it may be too early for Sam Surridge. Nathan Smith, Artur Krysiak, James Bailey, Dan Alfei remain sidelined, as does Jake Gray, while goalkeeper Stuart Nelson will not play again this season. Share your thoughts about this preview piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  7. Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is eager for his side to go all out against Notts County on Saturday and claim the points which will guarantee their place in League Two this season. The Glovers need just two points to be sure of their place in the division next season, while safety can also be assured if bottom side Chesterfield fail to win at Forest Green Rovers. While Yeovil have been in no immediate danger of the drop in recent weeks, Way is looking to get the team safe as soon as possible, and will be pushing for victory at Meadow Lane. “You want to officially get the job done, that’s for sure, as a manager and a team, so the club can make decisions on contracts, the future of the football club, the budget for next year and not to be looking over our shoulder," Way told Somerset Live. “I’ve always felt in control and confident in the remit of what we’ve had to do and I will maintain that stance because I’ve not tried to put any pressure on the players or show any anxiousness or just come in, do the job and do everything that we can within the process to put in a performance.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  8. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has stressed that assessing the League Two table at the minute is pointless, with a lot to be determined in the final few games of the season. The Magpies face Yeovil Town in their penultimate home game of their season this weekend. Although the playoffs look like the most likely outcome for Notts, they're not mathematically certain just yet, while a top-three place is still up for grabs. “It will only matter on 5 May," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "We will know our fate then. "We could move up and down the play-off places or we could sneak into third if we win all three and others slip up. "There are so many outcomes there’s no point looking at it. All we’ve got to do is keep winning because we want to finish the season as strongly as we started it. “It’s going to be tough (against Yeovil). We look forward to what is going to be another good game - and hopefully a winning one. "Darren Way’s done a fantastic job. They’re more or less safe now, but they’ll want to put that to bed sooner rather than later. "They're a professional side but I'm sure they’ll enjoy it with the shackles off. "We were in that situation last year and it felt so much easier because there was no pressure to go and do anything.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. On this day five years ago, Notts County took on promotion-chasing Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. Under a virtually cloudless sky, with the mercury at a nice level (much like this year now actually), we won 1-0 thanks to Joss Labadie's Roy of the Rovers style free kick. Here it is in all its glory!
  10. Hereford FC fan site Bull News has conducted an interview with Phil Stant, who had a stint at Notts County between 1989 and 1991, and also served in the Falklands in the SAS. Although it's obviously more slanted towards Hereford, he also talks about his relationship with Neil Warnock at Meadow Lane, so if you fancy listening to the interview, here it is.
  11. Richard Duffy has credited Notts County with helping to improve his “dire” goalscoring record. In addition, the defender believes that the Magpies’ impressive set-piece game is why they are soaring in League Two. Duffy scored his third goal of the season in the 3-1 win at Colchester United at the weekend, giving them another priceless three points in their hunt to consolidate a top seven place. “I’ve got three goals, and before I came here last season my goalscoring record was pretty dire really,” the Welshman told the Nottingham Post. “I scored four last season and and added to what I’ve got this year it’s doubled the tally in my career. I am more than happy with that, although the gaffer will say he will want a few more. “But (Shaun Brisley) has chipped in and so too have the full-backs. Goals from defenders are bonuses really and you can see that we work on it in training. If you put the ball in the box you’ve got a good chance of scoring. “At the other end if you keep them out then it gets you up the league. We’ve not conceded too many goals from set-pieces and scored quite a few. “If you did a league table on them I am sure we would be pretty high up. That’s why we are probably why we are so high up in the league.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  12. What's been happening in League Two over the last week? Here is Pride of Nottingham's round-up of the biggest League Two news from the last seven days. - Accrington Stanley have been promoted to the third tier of English football for the first time thanks to a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town, Billy Kee scoring a brace for the League One-bound side. - The 2017-18 EFL Team of the Season has named Accrington's John Coleman as manager, while Kee and Wycombe's Adebayo Akinfenwa were included among the XI. - Kee was also named League Two's Player of the Year, while Ben Wilmot of Stevenage is the League Two Apprentice of the Year. - Luton Town quintet Danny Hylton, Luke Berry, Alan Sheehan, Dan Potts and Marek Stech were named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year. Accrington have three players in the side - striker Billy Kee, centre-back Mark Hughes and midfielder Sean McConville - while Coventry's Jack Grimmer, Notts County loanee Jorge Grant and Wycombe's Akinfenwa are also included. - Cheltenham Town defender Will Boyle signed a new deal to keep him with the Gloucestershire club until the summer of 2020. - Hearts announced the signature of Cambridge United striker Uche Ikpeazu on a pre-contract. The 23-year-old has agreed a two-year deal at Tynecastle and will move to Edinburgh on 1 July. - Colchester United winger Courtney Senior signed a new two-year contract with the Essex club. - Newport County reported a loss of more than £350,000 in their latest set of financial accounts, but the board says a profit is expected following their 2017-18 FA Cup exploits. Share your thoughts about this news roundup on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  13. From Sky Sports News: The FA, Premier League and EFL are close to agreement over the introduction of a winter break, Sky Sports News understands. The FA council were being briefed on Wednesday on the progress of talks which were prompted by FA chief executive Martin Glenn almost two years ago. Sky Sports News understands the majority of planned changes are agreed in principle - with the first break pencilled in for January and February in 2020. If agreed, one round of Premier League matches would be played over two weeks, giving clubs a break from league action. In return, the FA Cup fifth round will be played in midweek, with extra-time and penalties replacing replays. Would you be happy with this, or should it remain as it is?
  14. Shola Ameobi has admitted that he is not outwardly looking to go into coaching once he hangs up his boots but has not fully closed the door on a potential switch to the dugout. The 36-year-old, who is in his 20th campaign as a professional footballer, is to make a decision on his future at the end of the season. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has said he would welcome Ameobi as a coach at Meadow Lane, but the veteran striker admits he doesn't feel he has a passion for it. “Obviously management is something you think about and people have mentioned in the past that I’ve got the mentality for it,” Ameobi told the Nottingham Post. “But it’s not something I’ve ever thought that ‘I want to go into it’. “You could see with the manager here that he had that authority in any situation. You could sense he always had that destiny whereas for me I don’t have that sense myself. “It’s something that if I do go into then I will give it my all. But it’s not something I feel I have a passion for. “There are stresses and strains and it takes a lot out of you - especially at Newcastle where they’ve had to deal with a lot. “Some people make it look seamless and others don’t. I’ve seen both sides of it and I’ve seen how much you have to give. “It’s tough because football has been my whole life. But part of me just wants to be there for my family and my kids, especially the age they are. “In management you don’t get that and I’ve seen with Kevin that it’s stressful. But I am not saying I am never going to do it because sitting out the game six months, I’ll know I’ll miss it.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  15. Kevin Nolan is eager to see Notts County build on their winning run in League Two when they take on Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane on Saturday. The Magpies followed up their 2-1 win over Coventry City with a 3-1 victory against Colchester United at the weekend to move up to fourth in the table, though they have since returned to fifth following Tuesday night's fixtures. Exeter City are now fourth in the standings, while Wycombe remain third, five points ahead of Notts with three games left. A playoff place is now very likely for Notts, but Nolan is cautious of the threat posed by Darren Way's charges, despite their lowly position of 18th. “The last two games have been fantastic and we’ve had some good football,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve got another tough game against Yeovil this weekend and they’ve had some positive and good results against some big sides this season. “But we will be working hard and tirelessly to keep this run going. We want to finish the season strongly and see where that takes us.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.

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