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  1. Massive game. Best home form over the last eight games vs best away form over the last eight games

    Win this and we will launch right into the auto promotion pack, plus it will keep our strong home record going.

    Two teams who like to play expansive football so I imagine more space will appear than normal. Booty must start. Also must be weary of Scott Quigley as he is high up in the scoring charts. We kept Jamie Reid out, no reason why we can't do the same

  2. He is the best man for the anchor role in our midfield. Jim O'Brien and Regan Booty can play that role if they wanted to, but they are more suited to the forward thinking passing role and hurtling forward to support the forwards.

    Doyle can bring the ball out from the back when the centre backs split. 

    He's not just that guy who spreads the butter connecting defence and attack, but he makes them crucial interceptions when the opposition start going forward in numbers, as Ebbsfleet were on Saturday in the 2nd half.

    He can dictate the tempo of the play, something that's important in home games, plus he can take the pressure of the centre backs playing out from the back

  3. I think his move to Grimsby was to help the wage bill to help bring in players in January

    Not sure what game it was but I know Swindon was definitely one we dominated 1st half and were poor 2nd half.

    He wasn't fit last season (neither was anyone) due to a woeful pre season (cheers Kevin). 

    He's that type of striker that loves to be in and around the penalty area and when used correctly, he can be of huge importance. That's why he's got such a good goal record, the 18 yard box is his oyster and his finishing is good

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  4. 3 hours ago, liampie said:

    most fans have said we will be a force to reckon with once they gel, there seems to be signs of this. we just need to get behind the club, manager and players.

    no inbetween.

    We seem to be almost there in terms of the squad gelling and we do get behind the team quite a lot. There are good signs being shown game by game

    Especially the last few. The will to win and the ability to change up our tactics. Another good sign is the strong team togetherness to bounce back from defeat and also keep calm and remain focused when we are behind in games. 

    These are vital essentials that a team,  that wants to be up at the top of the table, needs. 

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  5. We have one of the larger squads in the league I believe. Plenty of competition for places which is important as it keeps everyone on their toes and makes sure that no players are slacking

    Also vital we have squad depth for these stages in the season when the fixtures build up and injuries become more frequent

    Not just that but we have strength in depth too. For example in midfield we have Michael Doyle (anchor man), Jim O'Brien and Regan Booty (Forward thinking passers) and Mitch Rose (the presence and the ball winner). We also have Tom Crawford who is energetic and likes to roam forward too.

    Up front as well is another area. Kyle Wootton (the target man), Wes Thomas and Nathan Tyson (pace and pressing), Kristian Dennis (poacher).

    The quality is unlike many in this league (no disrespect but not many teams have our strength in depth). Some in our squad shouldn't be playing at this level but Notts and Ardley have the pulling power at this level to attract. 


    GK - Slocombe, Fitzsimons, Kean (if you can count him)

    RB - Brindley, Kelly-Evans, Tootle

    CB - Turner, Rawlinson, Lacey, Bird

    LB - McCrory, Bakayogo

    CM - Doyle, O'Brien, Booty, Rose, Crawford

    W - Boldewijn, Shields, Osborne

    ST - Wootton, Dennis, Thomas, Tyson

    Out on loan: Dunn, Howes, Campbell, Culverwell

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  6. Slocombe 7 - Made crucial saves in the second half when Fleet piled on the pressure. His usual commanding self

    Brindley 6 - Some decent runs forward. Solid defensively. Quiet afternoon to be fair

    Rawlinson 7 - Was involved in the carnage in the 93rd minute. Got the flick on (him or the Ebbsfleet player did) for the 3rd. Solid as ever

    Turner 9 - Resisted the Ebbsfleet pressure early in the first half. Won almost everything. That goal. What a king

    McCrory 6 - Struggled with Myles Weston at first but once he settled down he was fine. Had a busy afternoon

    Boldewijn 7 - Excellent going forward and did well defensively too. Always believe in Enzio

    Rose 6 - Much better than he was against Hartlepool. His type of game. A bit better with his passing and was always involved in trying to win it back

    Doyle 7 - Helped connect defence and attack. Made some crucial interceptions and tackles winning the ball back

    Booty 8 - The guy is pure class. Wand of a left foot, forward passing machine. 

    Wootton 8 - Sign the guy up. So consistent with his performances. Hold up play exceptional. Finishing very good too

    Thomas 8 - Ebbsfleet couldn't cope with him. The turn and run for the second goal was brilliant. Chased down lost causes



    Tyson 6 - Lively when he came on. Involved in the carnage at the end

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  7. Previous league experience. Was unlucky at Gills with injuries. Sounds like Gills fans liked him. 

    Understandable to add a centre-back to the ranks as we need cover there heading into the part of the season, where the fixtures are stacking up again cos of the cup competitions and and where the pitches become bobbly meaning injuries can become more frequent.

  8. Slocombe 6 - Couldn't do owt with the two goals. Deflection and a good finish. Steady second half

    Brindley 5 - Too casual at times. Played the easy ball on occasions

    Rawlinson 7 - Was good second half. His diagonal balls to Wootton and Thomas caused carnage amongst the Pools back line

    Turner 6 - Got sent to the shops for the 2nd goal. Did the dirty work second half and needed to, to keep it level

    McCrory 7 - Always offered that option going forward and played a class ball for Thomas to get us back in the game

    Shields 5 - Did ok. Some energetic bursts but sometimes lacked the run in behind. Subbed

    Rose 4 - Couldn't pass a parcel. Takes too long to decide what to do

    Doyle 5 - Very poor first half. Wayward passes a plenty. Improved a bit in the 2nd

    Boldewijn 6 - Always grafted to get the ball back. Nearly always involved in the action 

    Wootton 7 - A presence and when we went direct second half, Hartlepool couldn't cope with him

    Thomas 7 - Beat the keeper to the ball for the first and a proper poacher's finish for the second. Game saviour. A lot better in the second half when we were more forward thinking. Caused problems



    Booty 7 - Subbed on, gets an assist and makes us a lot better going forward. Our most creative midfielder

    Dennis N/A - Came on too late to make any impact 

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  9. Slocombe 6 - Could have had a picnic. Didn't really have much to do

    Brindley 4 - Everytime the ball came to him his control was poor and didn't play it forward enough. Disappeared for the goal. Did ok first half but poor after that 

    Turner 5 - Bit clunky at times. Felt like his feet were wrapped together with tape

    McCrory 5 - Ok ish. Decent with the ball at his feet

    Bakayogo 4 - Poor first touch. Another who had his legs tied together with tape. 

    Shields 5 - Energetic as usual but lack of end product 

    Rose 2 - Generous. It's not illegal to play a forward pass. Sideways and back all the time. Didn't do anything with the ball

    Doyle 4 - Tried to get us going but couldn't 

    Boldewijn 5 - Good first half. Lively. Made good runs. Faded in the last few minutes

    Dennis 4 - Quiet. Too quiet. Didn't really get any service 

    Wootton 6 - Always amongst the action going forward. Tried his hardest to get something



    Booty 5 - Yeh. Woohoo lets play our best passer at left back. That'll influence the game. 

    Thomas N/A - Got no service but meh

    Tyson N/A - Didn't really influence the game when he came on 


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  10. We've progressed really well. Things have settled down quite quickly and well and the team looks like it has now gelled. 

    I would have taken a mid-table season at the start of the season but now Notts have got themselves into a position to challenge for promotion, let's go for it.

    We've improved game on game and we are controlling games, getting on the front foot and making chances. Neal Ardley's style of play has emerged from the team in the last month. We just need to get a bit quicker with our passing but on the whole it is pleasing to see a Notts team play a passing game very well. 

    Despite having to sign players late, we have bought in some good players. Regan Booty could be a brilliant find. Exactly the sort of forward thinking and forward passing midfielder we've needed for years. Ben Turner, Connell Rawlinson and Sam Slocombe have been solid. 

    Kyle Wootton has been great since he signed. We are playing to Kristian Dennis' strengths as well and that has meant his goals have gone up from last season.

    Promotion is not an unrealistic aim now. We have progressed better than I expected. We have our club back


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  11. Slocombe 6 - Reassured us fans when he came and collected crosses and just making sure things didn't untangle in defence

    Kelly-Evans 5 - Many times in the first half his passes to Boldewijn were poor. Looked a little off the pace as he's just come back from injury

    Rawlinson 7 - Another solid performance. Becoming better with the ball at his feet

    Turner 6 - Relatively ok but sometimes would peel off his man. Thankfully, Rawlinson won everything

    McCrory 5 - Frustrating. Can tell he's only just come back from injury but everytime he got the ball in an advanced position, he went back

    Shields 8 - Superb. Constantly got down the wing. The Belper player who was marking him was shattered just after the hour mark because Sean had done him everytime. Bags of energy and pace. Getting better

    Doyle 6 - Lost his man for the goal but improved afterwards and took control and made tackles when needed

    Booty 7 - Class act. Defence splitting ball to Wootton for the goal. Some good interplay with other teammates. Will be a key player this season

    Boldewijn 7 - Scored a brilliant goal which he is capable of. Helped us get on the front foot. Made life difficult constantly for Belper

    Wootton 7 - A good goal. Hit the bar. A decent afternoon

    Dennis 6 - Should have had two goals. Intelligent runs but surprisingly for Denno, lacking the finish



    Thomas 5 - Should have scored a 3rd for Notts

    Tyson 5 - Good to see him back from injury but then cleared the ball for Belper and then karate kicked one of their players

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