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  1. Kevin Nolan has praised Notts County for getting a result in their final regular game of the League Two season against Luton Town and is optimistic ahead of the playoffs. The Magpies finished fifth in the table with a point against the already-promoted Hatters in a goalless draw at Meadow Lane and will face Coventry City in the semi-finals. “It was an enjoyable game for the fans because there were lots of chances and plenty of oohs and aahs,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “But I am delighted we got the clean sheet and I always thought it was going to be a tough game no matter what. “We created chances although I thought we could put them under more pressure when they went down to 10 men. “That’s something we can work on, but overall it was a good positive result to take into the play-offs. “It was important that we got a result in that respect and I thought the way we bounced back from defeat to Grimsby was good. “I love clean sheets and we’ve got one and that bodes well for the next couple of weeks. “It’s been a fantastic 46 games and we’ve got two games now in a knockout competition and we’ve got to be better than Coventry over 180 minutes. “If we are then I feel we will be going to Wembley.” 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. Kevin Nolan has admitted that letting Liam Walker leave Notts County was a tough decision but could not stand in his way after being given an opportunity to play elsewhere. The Gibraltar international left Meadow Lane on Monday having had his contract terminated by mutual consent, having made just 19 appearances this season and failing to make the squad altogether in recent weeks. "Liam got given an opportunity to go elsewhere," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "He rang the club and asked if he could go to pastures new and I didn’t want to stand in the lad’s way. "He’s been a fantastic pro and just didn’t get the opportunities he would have liked and that’s because I thought there were players ahead of him in the team. "He’s got great quality and I know wherever he goes he’ll do well because of the way he is. "I didn’t want to take that opportunity away from him because football’s a funny world and in two weeks’ time that opportunity might not have been there for him. "I had to make a tough decision and I think is for the best for Liam and for us moving forward. "I don’t know all the ins and outs of where he’s heading next, but I said for as long as he is here then he is more than welcome to come and use the facilities, and if he needs to train. "We can either put him with the lads or with the younger group. It was unfortunate for Liam because I think he expected a bit more than when he signed, but that’s the way football goes. "But I wish him well and good luck in the future because I believe he will go somewhere and succeed." 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.
  3. Kevin Nolan has described Notts County's League Two regular season finale against Luton Town as a "fantastic opportunity" to prepare for the playoffs. The Magpies' 2-1 loss at Grimsby Town, combined with Wycombe Wanderers' 2-1 win at Chesterfield, saw the Chairboys fill the last top-three spot in the table. Notts cannot finish any higher than fourth or lower than seventh, but before navigating the playoffs, must first see out the 46th and final fixture, and awaiting them on Saturday is second-placed Luton. “It’s just about making sure now that we’re ready and we’re prepared for the playoffs,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “There’s no better time to do it than start with a fantastic opportunity and a fantastic game with Luton who were deservedly going up. “They are going to bring 4,000 plus fans and it’s going to be a great atmosphere and a great occasion. “Then we know we’ve got the business of two games which is going to give us the season highlight or lowlight. “But I said to all the players that no matter what happens from now on, I’m proud of every one of them for what they’ve done and what we’ve done as a team this year. “We’re just hoping that we can get over their final hurdle now.” 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.
  4. Kevin Nolan has claimed that he is not fussed over who Notts County will face in the League Two playoffs. The final matchday of the regular League Two season will be played out on Saturday, with the Magpies facing Luton Town at Meadow Lane. Notts will be seeking victory in order to finish as high as they can in the playoff places, and have already beaten Exeter City, Coventry City, Lincoln City this season. “It doesn’t matter who we get,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve just got to make sure that we be ourselves. “We’ve had some good success against all those teams so for me, it doesn’t matter. “We will know this time next week who we’ve got and we will start preparing. “Hopefully that preparation will do us right and we’ll be having a trip to Wembley.” 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. Kevin Nolan has quickly switched attention to the League Two playoffs and says he is looking forward to them as he hopes to guide Notts County up to League One via Wembley. The Magpies were beaten 2-1 at Grimsby Town on Saturday, a result which, combined with Wycombe Wanderers' win at Chesterfield, has seen the Chairboys take the last automatic spot in the table. Luton Town are up next for Notts, who will seek to finish as high up in the playoff positions as possible, to determine who Nolan's boys will face in the semi-finals. “I’m looking forward to them now,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I’ve been involved in two play-offs and I’ve won them both. It’s a great way to go up, it’s a great occasion, but we’ve still got a massive job to do. “We’ve got three big and tough games coming up now, whoever we meet in the play-offs. Our lads will be up for it and we’re going to have a right good go at it. “Hopefully over the two legs we will be the better team and see ourselves at Wembley.” 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.
  6. Kevin Nolan has acknowledged that Notts County 'got what they deserved' as they fell to a 2-1 loss at Grimsby Town on Saturday. Nathan Clarke fired the Mariners in front only for Dan Jones to stab home late on to seemingly salvage a point. As has been the case one too many times this season, however, Notts bottled it when it counted the most, Jamille Matt scoring a stoppage-time winner to firmly shut the door on County's automatic promotion ambitions. Magpies boss Nolan was frustrated at how the afternoon unfolded which has left Notts settling for the lottery of the playoffs, and could have no complaints with the result. “We huffed and puffed all day but never really put them under enough pressure,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We didn’t use our game plan effectively and we got what we deserved. “I didn’t think we deserved a win and even a draw may have been kind to us. “But fair play to Grimsby they had to win to stay up and that’s fantastic for them. “I am just disappointed it has ended the way it has. I’ve been proud of the players all season long. “It would have been lovely to be going into the final day with a chance of getting promoted but we’ve had a fantastic 17 months. “I am so proud of my lads and we intend to enjoy ourselves in these next three games.” 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.
  7. Kevin Nolan has given his thoughts on Notts County's upcoming League Two clash at Grimsby Town and confirmed that Jorge Grant is in contention to make the squad. The loanee was out with an ankle injury as the Magpies ran out 4-1 winners over Yeovil Town last weekend but has made a swift recovery. With so much resting on Saturday's trip to Blundell Park, Nolan is pleased to be able to call on his top scorer as Notts seek to get into the top three. "Jorge trained today and everything is fine," Nolan told the official Notts site on Thursdsy. "We feared the worst when it happened, but he’s a good healer and he’s got that determination. "He took a few hits today, so I’m confident he’s back and raring to go. Jorge was rightly named in the PFA Team of the Year. He’s been brilliant all season long and you want players who have contributed as much as he has available to you. "The lads have put themselves in a fantastic position to put the pressure on and we’ve secured a playoff place, which is an unbelievable achievement considering where we were 15 months ago. All we’ve got to do is keep winning. We want to build momentum, have a strong end to the season and we’ll see where we are. "But we’ve got Grimsby in the way. They’re not mathematically safe and it’s their last home game of the season, which always has a good feeling about it. It’s another tough one - but it’s another we’re looking forward to." 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. Kevin Nolan has claimed that he is not paying any attention to Notts County's League Two promotion rivals and is only focusing on what his team can do. Three consecutive wins have edged the Magpies to just two points behind third place Wycombe Wanderers with just two fixtures left. Although many connected with the club will be keeping tabs on what results Wycombe and fourth-placed Exeter City get over the next eight days, Nolan is not interested. "I don't know who they are playing, I must admit," the Notts boss told the Nottingham Post. "I keep saying to everybody else not to worry about anybody. "We've got to worry about ourselves and we've got to make sure we do what we do, and if we do that we give ourselves a good opportunity of coming off at 5pm on Saturday with three points in the bag, and hopefully the pressure still on Wycombe and Exeter. "For me, the most important thing is we recognise what such a special season it's been for us, and what we've done and how far we've come in such a short space of time. I'm going to enjoy it no matter what, and I hope my lads are going to enjoy it. "I think over the last few weeks they have, with a lot of good determination and a lot of good work, which has enabled them to get into this position. We've got to win and hope other teams drop points. If we win both games we give ourselves a great chance." 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.
  9. Matt Virtue has praised his teammates at Notts County for helping him out during his loan spell from Liverpool and is especially happy about Kevin Nolan's characteristics and man-management skills. Since arriving in Nottingham, the 20-year-old took a while to find his feet but is now fully integrated in the squad, making 12 appearances so far, and he is enjoying the dressing-room atmosphere. “All of them really (have taken him under their wing), I can’t fault any of them. All of them have been class," Virtue told the Nottingham Post. “Obviously it’s my first loan spell, they’ve all helped. Shola’s (Ameobi) an experienced head and he’s been a massive help, but all of them have been a massive help. I couldn’t really single any of them out. “What I’ve noticed about (Nolan), his man-management skills are really good. He gets the most out of his players like that second half performance at Colchester, he really got the best out of us and I’m really enjoying being underneath him, and learning quite a lot from him. “Hopefully, being on the end of a successful promotion run with Notts into League One and then see where it takes me in pre-season. I’ll go back to Liverpool in pre-season, work as hard as I can and see what happens from there.” 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.
  10. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has urged his players to "start standing up" and enjoy the pressure as they seek promotion from League Two. The Magpies have secured a playoff spot at the very least but, with two games remaining, there is still a plausible chance of nicking a top three spot, which would ensure automatic promotion into League One. “We’ve got to now start standing up,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve been a bit indifferent for a while now. I think it’s partly that people are starting to question (the players), so they want to show people. It could maybe be a bit of that. “For me, they’re working hard and just want to get success. They want success, this team. To be where we are at this moment in time, I’m absolutely delighted. “We’re still within a shout of getting automatic promotion, and we would have loved the play-offs at the beginning of the season; I’m delighted we’ve secured that now. “We’ve got to make sure we take momentum into it, and I didn’t realise we were only two points off Wycombe, now. It’s nice, isn’t it? “There’s going to be drama, I’m delighted with it and we’re going to enjoy it. I’ve told the lads to enjoy this, because these are the best times, you know – the best times of your life. “You’ll look back at these days. I still talk about the promotions I’ve had like they were yesterday, so it’ll be special. "After what we walked into last January, to be involved in all that come the end of the season is absolutely fantastic for these boys and what they’ve done this year.” 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.
  11. Dan Jones has given his thoughts on Notts County's 4-1 win over Yeovil Town, the remarkable own goal scored by Glovers defender Tom James, the League Two playoff tilt and the atmosphere in the Notts camp. The full-back opened the scoring for the Magpies late in the first half of Saturday's game at Meadow Lane, before James's woefully miscued back-facing clearance doubled the hosts' lead. Elliott Hewitt and Lewis Alessandra added further gloss to the scoreline, with the final goal of the game netted by Yeovil's Alex Fisher as a consolation. The result sealed a playoff place for Notts, while automatic promotion as per a top-three finish remains more than plausible. The playoffs “It is great to be in the playoffs, but we’re going a game at a time. We can only look after ourselves and keep winning. “It’s nice to be part of a successful team - we have done really well. But we haven’t really thought about the playoffs yet. “It’s another win and we keep the momentum going. We can only look after ourselves.” The own goal “I had the free kick first and if the lad in the wall wasn’t eight foot tall that was going in. “But for the goal (Richard Thomas, assistant manager) has told me to get in those positions and get strikes off. “Luckily it came off and then I don’t think I’ve seen an own goal like that. “It was a mad one really and it was just our day really. “He’s done well to get back in to cut the pass out but he’s put it in the top corner so what can you say?” The atmosphere in the Notts camp “An air of confidence has come back. “Training has been good, bubbly, sharp and intense. Everyone is smiling and we’re looking like we were at the beginning of the season. “I love playing for the gaffer, the coaching staff and the boys. It’s a feel-good place with no negativity.” 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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Kevin Nolan has spoken highly of Adam Collin's big throw, describing it as a "proper weapon", and hopes the goalkeeper can continue making use of it as Notts County seek a grandstand finish in League Two. The Magpies came from behind to beat Colchester United 3-1 away last weekend, with Collin setting off a number of quick counterattacks by launching the ball upfield. “I thought Adam was absolutely tremendous again,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He has got an arm on him which means he can throw it over the halfway line quite easily. When he uses it, it’s a proper weapon. “I’ve probably taken it away from him a bit because when I came here, it was about controlling the game and making sure he slows it game down. “But when he launches it, it gives us a lift and sets a bit of a tempo for us. “We spoke about it at half-time at Colchester and said that Adam would get the ball and try to release it quickly as possible. “But you’ve also got to remember the saves he made in the first and second half to keep us in the game. “The lads then went up the other end and got the goals we needed.” 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.
  16. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has hailed Jonathan Forte after the striker grabbed his third goal in two games against Colchester United on Saturday. The 31-year-old has endured extended spells outside of the squad but his equaliser spurred the Magpies to victory as they ran out 3-1 winners at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. It was the first time Notts have sealed back to back wins in League Two since last September and Nolan praised Forte for the impact he had on the game. "You can see he's riding the crest of a wave at the minute," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "He kept Steady out, finished his goal fantastically and worked his socks off. "I'm delighted both he and Shola got on the scoresheet - and I thought Steady was terrific when he came on. "All three contributed, but Forte is showing what we all believed he had. Hopefully he can continue that form until the end of the season." 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.
  17. Richard Duffy admits that Kevin Nolan's half-time dressing room dressing down did the trick as Notts County ran out 3-1 winners at Colchester United on Saturday. The Magpies trailed at half time to Drey Wright's ninth-minute opener but scored three goals after the restart, through Jonathan Forte, Shola Ameobi and Richard Duffy, to seal victory in Essex. “We were not good in the first half to say the least and we didn’t do what we were told to do,” the team captain told the Nottingham Post following the League Two victory. “We have instructions and things on the board which tells us what we need to do to win games and we didn’t do any of it. “They hit the post early doors in the second half but apart from that and when we scored the goal, there was only going to be one team who won it. “I’ve seen the manager angrier but he said what he thought and I don’t think anybody could disagree with him. “He walked out and the lads got together and had a quick chat. We got some more instructions and gladly we came out and put in a performance. “We had intent, we got it forward and we won a lot more second balls. The back four got up and in the first half we didn’t do that. “They found pockets and were playing through us and big Adam Collin made a fantastic save to keep it at 1-0. “If you are not playing well being a goal down allows you to regroup at half-time and you go again. That’s what we did and we scored three good goals.” 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.
  18. Kevin Nolan was pleased with Notts County's second half performance against Colchester United, coming from a goal down at the break to run out 3-1 winners at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. The Magpies trailed at half time to Drey Wright's ninth-minute opener but scored three goals after the restart, through Jonathan Forte, Shola Ameobi and Richard Duffy, to seal victory in Essex. “We didn’t match the standards we set last week against Coventry,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I challenged them to get back to there and show what they have shown all season which is togetherness, character and spirit. “I just thought we looked off it and we allowed Colchester too much time on the ball. “When you do that with a good side they punish you and we were lucky to get it at 1-0. “But at the score you are always in the game. We did all the right things in the second half and I thought the goals were fantastic. “We got them at the right time and the lads’ character was brilliant in the second half.” 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.
  19. Jon Stead has triggered a clause in his Notts County contract to extend his stay at Meadow Lane past the end of the season. The 35-year-old striker, who has scored 13 goals this term, had to play a set number of games and the Nottingham Post confirmed that he has passed the required target. Manager Kevin Nolan reiterated the news and paid tribute to Stead, who turned down a move to the United States last summer to remain with the Magpies. “Jon will be here next season,” Nolan told the Post at his pre-match press conference ahead of the League Two trip to Colchester United. “He’s been fantastic and is up there with Adam Collin, Richard Duffy and Elliott Hewitt in terms of their performances all season round. “I know he hasn’t had the goal output, but he has assists and has been involved in a lot of good stuff. “I am telling you if he was out of contract in the summer he would have a number of League One and League Two sides vying for his signature. We are very lucky to have him.” 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.
  20. Kevin Nolan has admitted that he hasn't given his holidays a single thought as he seeks to finish the season strongly with Notts County. The Magpies are edging closer to sealing a playoff place, which would extend their campaign beyond the standard 46 games - although automatic promotion is still a possibility. Four league games remain for Notts, with Colchester United first up at the Weston Community Homes Stadium, and Nolan spoke at length about what is coming up for his team. “You sometimes get to this point in the season and look forward to the holidays, but I’ve not even spoken about one to my missus yet,” he told the Nottingham Post. “That shows how much work we are trying to put in and to finish the season strongly. “There’s no better feeling to win, especially when it’s deserved and with a performance like last week. Coventry are a really good outfit and Mark Robins was very complimentary about our lads after the game. “We knew we had to be on our mettle if we were going to secure the win. It was just the way we did it. When it went to 1-1 you think ‘here we go again’ and part of me felt that. But you look at the lads and to do what they did was fantastic. “But they’ve been flying this week in training and have been looking forward to the game. It’s going to be another difficult one but one we hopefully can enjoy, keep the winning run going and see what happens come 5pm on Saturday. "Colchester is a tough place to go and they played us really well here. We got away with one in the last minute and I did say to their manager that we did. “We are going to be prepared for them because they’ve got some very good strengths. As I say, we’ve noticed a few chinks in their armour and I hope we can expose them on Saturday. “I am just going to enjoy every minute of it. Unless I am going to be a top manager there are not going to be many times when you get these opportunities. I am really looking forward to the games and celebrating no matter what happens on May 5 because it’s been such a fantastic turnaround.” 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.
  21. Kevin Nolan has revealed that he will be having a chat with Joey Barton in hope of persuading him to come to Notts County. Barton, who played alongside Nolan at Newcastle United, will be able to return to football in the summer once his 13-month ban for betting offences comes to an end. Although the 35-year-old is being tipped to join a Premier League or Championship team, the Magpies boss said he'd have a word with him and see what happens. “Joey and I are good friends and he’s also a good friend of Darren Fletcher (board member),” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He is a top player and a top lad. I really got on well with him and I think he describes himself as Joey on the pitch and Joseph off it. That’s his quote, not mine by the way. “I get on with both of them and respect both of them very highly. From my point of view he will probably want to play at a higher level. “If that doesn’t come to fruition then I am sure there will be a conversation between me and him in the summer. “If a deal can be done, then it can, but if not then we wish him well. “Let’s just see what happens. I am not ruling it out. It’s got to be right for the club, and most importantly it’s got to be right for the player. “I got on well with him at Newcastle and we are very good friends off the field and on it. “I don’t see it having a negative impact. It will only add more quality and positivity to the squad.” 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.
  22. Kevin Nolan has claimed that Notts County are ready for every possible outcome in terms of where they'll finish this season in League Two. With just four fixtures left, it's all up for grabs in the upper echelons of the table - the Magpies look likely to clinch a playoff spot, but automatic promotion is not an impossibility. Currently four points behind third-placed Wycombe Wanderers (who, like fourth-placed Exeter City, have a game in hand), Notts are still very much in with a shout, and Nolan is prepared for every eventuality. “We will see what happens come May 5, see where we are and then reassess,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We will be ready for every possible outcome and we will give it a good go. “We are all going to give it 110 per cent and try our best to achieve what wasn’t set out to be at the start of the season. We’ve got an opportunity so why not dream and go for 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.
  23. Kevin Nolan has praised midfielder Matty Virtue for his performance against Coventry City. The on-loan Liverpool youngster was deployed on the right wing, despite the fact he usually plays in the centre of the park, in the 2-1 win over the Sky Blues. Virtue, who had received criticism prior to Saturday's League Two game, produced an impressive performance and was rightly lauded by the fanbase. “I thought Matty Virtue was very unfortunate because in every game he plays he usually gets a chance,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post.. “He didn’t get one on Saturday, but I was delighted for him because I thought he played very well. “He’s got a bit of Jorge about him in that he will get good opportunities. And I must say Jorgie looked back to his old self in that he did lots of hard work off the ball. But Matty was fantastic all game and so was Jorge.” 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.
  24. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has described Richard Duffy as his "most outstanding" player of the season and claims that "people giving him stick don’t know too much about football". The defender has flattered to deceive on many occasions this season but put in a good performance as the Magpies ran out 2-1 winners over League Two promotion rivals Coventry City at Meadow Lane. In recent weeks, some fans have been calling for Duffy to be dropped in favour of a central defensive partnership consisting of Shaun Brisley and Ben Hall. Nolan, however, says the former Wales international has had an amazing season in the heart of the back-four. “Duffer has probably been the most outstanding performer all season long,” he told the Nottingham Post. “He goes under the radar and some people give him stick. “I think it’s because the way he looks more than anything because he doesn’t look like a typical League Two centre-back who is 6ft 4in and heads everything. “I’ve been in the game a long, long, time now and I don’t understand a lot of the stick that players get. “People giving him stick don’t know too much about football. That’s my view on it because if you’re a footballer then you know what he brings to your team and what he does. “His reading of the game is first class and he’s been brilliant since I came in. His character and the way he leads people is a credit to him. “It’s a fantastic attribute he has got and that’s why he’s been ever present for me all season. "He has been one of the best players and he and Bris have had a fantastic partnership. “Then Ben Hall comes in and he has put them under real pressure to perform because he’s waiting in the wings.” 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.
  25. Leyton Orient midfielder Charley Barker will reportedly play in a friendly match for Notts County on Tuesday, according to Gloucestershire Live. The 19-year-old recently spent time on trial at Cheltenham Town, making three appearances for their reserve team. According to the local outlet, Barker is unlikely to feature in the Robins' Central League fixture at Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday, with County keen to have a look at him. Barker is on the books of the National League side as a third year scholar, but is believed to be attracting interest from several Football League clubs. Orient boss Justin Edinburgh is quoted by Gloucestershire Live as saying: “Charley has been made aware he will not be getting a pro deal at Leyton Orient. "So what we are trying to do is give him and others an opportunity to get ahead of the game and try to secure themselves a contract elsewhere." Magpies boss Kevin Nolan spent time in charge of Orient in 2016 and his assistant Richard Thomas was Barker's youth team coach at the East London club. 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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