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  1. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has confirmed that his touchline dismissal against Wycombe Wanderers was punished by a fine. The Magpies boss was sent to the stands during Good Friday's goalless draw with the Chairboys when he protested a decision not to award Shola Ameobi a first half penalty. There was a fear Nolan would receive a touchline ban for the dismissal - which he said he would appeal - but he told the Nottingham Post on Monday that the punishment was financial. “I thought the ref and the fourth official for the Coventry game were great,” Nolan said. “The fourth official managed the game, he wasn’t a mute, he spoke and even when I didn't agree at least we could have a chat. “That’s all you want when, against Wycombe, we didn’t get that and now I am being fined for something when I don’t believe I should be. “I’ve heard back and got a letter through and it’s just a fine which is disappointing. “It does not even state a lot of things in the letter because there are a lot of things he can’t remember. “That just sums it up for me. I am a bit disappointed. But I might catch the chairman on the good day and ask him for a loan!” 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 was impressed with Notts County's character and resolve as they got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Coventry City on Saturday. Pride of Nottingham-sponsored Jonathan Forte was the hero of the day at Meadow Lane with a crucial brace ensuring that Jordan Ponticelli's equalising flick would prove little more than a consolation. The result saw Notts end a run of four games without a win and reignited their promotion hopes, with a top-seven finish still very much on the menu. “I thought the lads were terrific and they got their rewards in the end,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I think the reaction shows just how big it is to get a result here for other teams given the way Coventry celebrated the equaliser. “But I thought the way we handled it, and that bit of quality and the goal we scored was fantastic. “We deserved it and we looked back to our old selves. We were really pleasing on the eye and it was a good reaction from the players. “I have spoken all season about the character this squad has and they’ve been questioned over the last few weeks and rightly so in some cases. “But we should never question what this squad have done for this club. They are standing up to the test and I am delighted for them. “We will go back to work Monday and look forward to another tough test at Colchester.” 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. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan says he has not heard back yet from the FA or EFL about whether he will face a touchline ban for being sent to the stands against Wycombe Wanderers. The Magpies boss was dismissed by referee Ben Toner during the goalless draw on Good Friday at Meadow Lane after protesting a decision not to award Shola Ameobi a penalty in the first half. If one does come his way, however, Nolan says he will dispute it and is confident of having it overturned. “I haven’t heard from them as yet,” he told the Nottingham Post. “But I don’t expect to be. If I do I will be appealing it because I think I have good grounds for it to be turned over once they hear my side. “I know I was in the right and the decisions I was asking for, the referee got wrong. There was no clarity from the fourth official, which is what he is supposed to be there for. “If you had watched me on Monday (against Accrington), there was no reaction to anything because the fourth official managed the bench as well as being in constant contact with the referee throughout. “I thought they were magnificent and I told them that after the game.” 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. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has warned that Coventry City will be desperate to bounce back from their 6-2 home loss to Yeovil Town when they come to Meadow Lane on Saturday. The Magpies, who sit fifth in the League Two table, will be taking on a side just two places and two points behind them. In addition, the Sky Blues - who beat Notts 3-0 in the season opener at the Ricoh Arena - boast the best defensive record in the division with 38 goals conceded in 40 matches. "You have to expect a reaction from them after the result they had on Monday," Nolan told the official Notts site. "Mark Robins is a good manager and a lovely fella. He and his players will make sure they get a response because they will be hurting. "But I want a reaction from my players after losing at Accrington on Monday and not winning our last home game. "Coventry have been fantastic away from home and still have one of the best defensive records in the league so I expect it to be a tight game. "We are going to need people to be confident, consistent and patient because our opportunities may not come until the last 10 minutes." 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. I know I'm not the only Notts County fan who feels deflated following the last couple of months at Meadow Lane, seeing a side that, following full time in the New Year's Day win over Port Vale, was second in League Two - four points behind then leaders Luton Town and seven clear of fourth - now in fifth, seven adrift of the top three and just four above eighth. We've seen Notts put in superb performances this season and also grind out results, and it was superb to see - and obviously expectations rose as the prospect of automatic promotion, or perhaps the title, was a real possibility, and so having such hopes dashed is painful. However, this is where perspective and hindsight come into play. The bulk of the team this season is the same as that of last season - in 2016-17 Notts were punching below their weight for the first half, before Alan Hardy and Kevin Nolan arrived and lifted each of the players to punch above their weight, and indeed safety was ensured before the final day. This time round, the players got off to a flying start in the league (aside from the Coventry opener) and soon enough we were topping the table, and as the weeks went on, the Magpies continued to impress - still very much punching above their weight. But an EFL campaign is very much a marathon, and as it turned out, Notts might have led the pack early on, but the rigours of the 46-game season, plus all the other cup competitions, will take their toll on the players physically and mentally. From a transfer perspective, January didn't go to plan - losing Ryan Yates was a huge blow and I don't feel we've fully recovered from it; Mason Bennett was good but injury prone and unfortunately he got sidelined in his first full game; Matty Virtue has been sub-par, while Liam Noble and Noor Husin have been decent but not superb - and certainly not . I think only Ben Hall has been a legitimately great signing. Alongside losing Yates, the Bennett loan was also a massive blow, given how Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead could now not get their rest, and indeed they have completely run out of steam. But calling for Kevin Nolan to be sacked, as some people have been doing, is very much a joke, except for the fact they seem to be serious. Yes, Notts have all but fluffed automatic promotion; yes, Notts are in poor form and face a battle just to stay in the playoffs; yes, I'm not especially confident that they could succeed if they do finish in the playoffs. But would I have taken worrying in the top seven of the table rather than the bottom two? Absolutely. Do I think Nolan and Hardy will be wiser come the end of the season, whether we get promoted or not? Yes. And do I think both of them, plus the better players in the squad, would remain at ML and a summer of good recruitment could see Notts build on and have a team that could genuinely fight for promotion next season? Yes, I do. Pep Guardiola didn't meet expectations last season at Manchester City, finishing without a trophy. Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't much cop in his first few seasons at Manchester United. But they were afforded time, in spite of some braying fans calling for them to be sacked, and they went on to greatness. Nolan is a young manager and has a lot to learn - same as Hardy in terms of owning a football club. And it's not like we're fighting for our EFL life, like we were last season - worst comes to worst, we spend next season in League Two, we can add a few more pieces to the jigsaw, and we go again. All I know is, anyone calling for Nolan to be sacked is outright deluded - remember what happened with Keith Curle a few seasons ago? Gunning for promotion into the Championship, yet even that didn't seem good enough for some, and now what most of us wouldn't give to be there now. So be careful what you wish for, because as disappointing as things may seem now, they could be much, much worse. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has expressed his delight in being able to welcome Michael O’Connor back to action. The midfielder played the last 13 minutes of Easter Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley when he came off the bench to replace Noor Husin. O’Connor was playing a first-team Notts game for the first time since last April when he suffered a serious knee injury in a 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth. “I think I’ve spoken a few times about Occy and how amazing he has been with the staff,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “Credit to Tom Hallas the physio and his team who have worked tirelessly with Michael. “With the way Occy has gone about his rehab it is an absolute testament to the lad and our medical staff that he was able to have 15 minutes. “I am delighted for him and it has given me another selection headache. But it’s a massive bonus to have your captain back. “I was happy with him and you can see he brings that character and he got involved in a little few bits and bobs. “But it’s going to take him time and that’s why we wanted him to play those minutes because it’s another tick in the box. “Hopefully going into the next three or four weeks we will see a lot more of him. He will feature a lot more and regularly.” 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 claimed that Notts County would be “in a much better place” had Mason Bennett’s loan move from Derby County not been thwarted by injury. The striker joined the Magpies on the last day of the January transfer window but was forced to return to Pride Park after rupturing his hamstring on his first start for the club against Barnet. “You only have to look at the impact Mason had when he came on against Crewe, got his goal and hit the bar,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He gave us something different to what we didn’t have. He is such a quality player and for his injury to happen in his first full start for us was a devastating blow. “If we had him, we would have been in a lot better place because of the quality I would have had at my disposal. “He gave us that lightning pace, and he was clever with it. He could carry the ball too and he was our main target in January. “We had to wait until the final hour to sign him, then a week later he is going back to Derby. “It was incredibly frustrating but that’s gone now. But I still feel we have a good enough squad to achieve what we want. What we’ve got to do is prove 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.
  8. Notts County are now seven points adrift of League Two's automatic promotion places as they were beaten 1-0 at Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday. Mark Hughes's early goal was enough to settle the game between the sides at the Wham Stadium as the Magpies slipped to fifth in the table. Notts wasted three gilt-edged opportunities to equalise with Jonathan Forte hitting the bar, while Matty Virtue and substitute Jorge Grant both shot wide when unmarked. With Stanley winning, and Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers also recording victories, Kevin Nolan's side face a mountain to get back into the top three, and surely the target must now be remaining in the playoffs. How did the Notts contingent and fans react to the loss? Here is a round-up of some of the post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan "We didn't put them under enough pressure. We had very good possession but we didn't put it in the right areas. "We had two glorious opportunities and didn't put either in the back of the net. When you do that, it changes the game. "I thought we more than matched them in a few areas and Adam Collin made some good saves, which is the difference. "Our goalkeeper has had to make saves whereas we have had opportunities to get shots in and we haven't made the goalkeeper work, which is the most disappointing part of it." The Black & White Army Mark Connors: Shut up moaning KN is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t - if he had named an unchanged side the moaners would have slated him - at the end of the day we are a middle table side who KN has motivated to do better,we have run out of steam and need the fans to try to get us in the playoffs by getting behind the lads not keep moaning and criticising Kevin Hopcroft: Hang on we are away at top of the league. This is a team that is beating everyone. I would have taken a draw. Admitted we need a quick striker. But lets remember where we have been the last few seasons. This is progress just need to buy in a few positions. I can not stand the haters coming out when we lose. The re build was mid table this season and push for promotion next season. We have been over achieving. In Hardy and Nolan we trust. COYP Matt Craig: Same old **** nolans tactically inept 1 shot on target all game nolan out Neale Tristram What on earth happened over Christmas?? We've gone back to playing like we did before Nolan! Play offs looking dodgy with 2 points from 12 which isn't going to keep us in the top 7! Big clear out in the summer. Craig Spencer: just got back and we lost to the better side.end of. Coventry city 3 points at the lane plz#and to all the nolan moaners YOU KNOW IF HE f@@ks off somewhere else i hope your happy.its a crucial stage of the season UNITY IS NEEDED NOTTS FANS ;CMON UNITE AND LETS GET THE LADS OVER THE FINISH LINE.YOU PIES #BIG SHOUT TO NOTTS CO SUPPORTERS CLUB 1947 FOR A GREAT DAY OUT!! Andy Whibberley: Can't believe people are calling for Nolan to go. The endless managerial merrygoround at Notts was a disaster on the pitch and made the club a joke. Coleman has been at Accrington a total of around 15 years. Or about 25 managers in Notts terms. Look where consistency gets you. Sheridan is doing well again. Shall we get him back?? Adrian Wheatley: Just can not put the ball in the net if the rumours are right sign up Ranger till the end of the season or we won’t even make the play offs Will Hart: At the beginning of the season I was hoping for a top 10 position based on the fact this season was all about stability. Therefore a bonus if we make the playoffs. Darren Handley: Blah blah blah for the people that have a bad opinion about the bad tactics I wouldn’t waste your breath as the nodding dogs who was nodding away with the trews will always call you a non Notts supporter these noddies would still be happy if we was in non league.it was in trew we trust now it’s in hardy we trust another business man with no football brain but hey wait untill we get new hotels we can all be buzzing about that Luke James: Well played Nolan! what a half hearted attempt at a vital game in the season. We will be lucky to get play offs on this form. Spencer Burrows: we've been poor for some time now, we're not even good enough for the play offs. Nigel Trueman: No surprise tbf. playing mid table results wise. fully expect to finish outside the playoff places and sorry to say it but with a rebuild required next season a mid-table finish David Nicholls: We've **** it now.... playoffs at best... 2 points from 12 isn't it.... that's not the performance of winners.... Martyn Malone: Was never going to win there even with 7 changes bye bye Automatic might just make playoffs at this rate 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.
  9. Kevin Nolan has refused to concede defeat in the chase for automatic promotion from League Two despite Notts County's latest bad result. The Magpies are now seven points behind third-placed Wycombe Wanderers following their 1-0 loss at tabletopping Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday. Mark Hughes's goal settled the contest in Lancashire where Notts hit the bar through Jonathan Forte, while Matty Virtue and Jorge Grant also squandered good opportunities. “We’ve got 15 points to play for and if we get all 15 then who knows what can happen?” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “You can never stop believing but what we’ve got to do is keep doing what we have been doing all season and wait for the next one to come along. “On Saturday that seven point gap could become a four-point gap and then the week after it could be one if we do our business. “All we have got to do is get back to what we were earlier in the season. But I thought there were lots of positives to come from the game. I was just disappointed that we didn’t test their keeper enough.” 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. Kevin Nolan is looking forward to pit his wits against his friend John Coleman as Notts County head up to Accrington Stanley for Easter Monday's League Two clash. The Magpies are preparing for their second consecutive game against promotion-chasing opposition following the goalless draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Meadow Lane on Good Friday. "I'm really looking forward to pitting my wits against John," Nolan told the official Notts site. "He is a fantastic fella and someone I enjoy playing against even though he gets the better of me the majority of the time! "He has got the right people in and they know how to win games. They are all in it together and they do things the right way. "He has been there for a long time and done fantastically well at that club. They're firing on all cylinders and we have to make sure we are ready. "We will be analysing their strengths and weaknesses to hopefully come back with a positive result so we can start another run. "There will be changes because of the turnaround and because we want to keep everyone fit, ready and raring to go. With the squad we have at our disposal, we have the ability to 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.
  11. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has claimed that he was sent to the stands for “waving his arms” during his side's League Two home goalless draw with Wycombe Wanderers. The Magpies manager was left fuming by Ben Toner’s decision not to award a penalty after Shola Ameobi was pulled down by Adam El-Abd in the Chairboys box. Having previously been given a talking to by the official, Nolan was then banished to the Derek Pavis stand where he watched the rest of the game in the directors’ box. “It was laughable and he sent me off for waving my arms,” he told the Nottingham Post. “When the penalty was not given all I heard the fourth official say was that ‘he has to go the stands’. “I think he was looking for a bit of a name for himself because he sent Kevin Nolan to the stands. That’s how I’ve seen it because he was very arrogant all day. “They just haven’t managed the situation and when you’ve got two teams who are playing for something, you’ve got to send the best referee. “He was by far not the best referee they could have sent for this game. “Something has to be done because they (referees) have cost us a lot of points and four or five penalties which are blatant. “They are not ones that are debatable. How many times can I keep accepting 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.
  12. Kevin Nolan has reiterated that Notts County must be wary of the whole Wycombe Wanderers ensemble, not just Adebayo Akinfenwa. The Magpies lock horns with the Chairboys on Friday at Meadow Lane, a big League Two clash between the fourth-placed hosts and the third-placed visitors. Akinfenwa is the standout player in the squad due to his size and ability to batter through defences, but Nolan insists Gareth Ainsworth's team has quality across the field. “Everybody goes on about Akinfenwa but people forget there are 10 other lads in that team,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “It’s not just one man. They have good individual players who know the game. They play to a system and Gareth drills them very well. "We just have to match them in every department. We were very short of that against Chesterfield and there’s not been many times that has happened this season. “That’s why we’ve been successful as we have. We’ve got to make sure we are up for everything. “Hopefully our quality will shine through, as it has done for the majority 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.
  13. Kevin Nolan has urged Notts County to "right the wrongs" from the 3-1 loss to Chesterfield last week and get their League Two promotion tilt back on track against Wycombe Wanderers. The Magpies lock horns with the Chairboys on Friday at Meadow Lane, a big League Two clash between the fourth-placed hosts and the third-placed visitors. Nolan admits the last few days have been tough but says Notts have bounced back from bad results before and is confident the same will happen against Wycombe. “It’s been a tough few days because of the loss, but what this team has proven is their togetherness, will, character and fight,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve have been good at responding and we’ve got to do that again. “I am not one of those managers who because we’ve lost one game will start punishing players. If something needs to be done or said, it will be. “We don’t go day by day here. We do everything for a reason. People are quite quick to forget the success by doing what we have done with this squad. “And the only excuse we had on Sunday is that we weren’t good enough. It’s now down to us to put right the wrongs.” 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.
  14. Kevin Nolan has remained coy over whether he will make changes to the Notts County starting XI for Friday's big League Two promotion battle with Wycombe Wanderers. The Magpies suffered a blow in their promotion ambitions at the weekend as Chesterfield ran out 3-1 winners at the Proact Stadium. On Good Friday, fourth-placed Notts will be hoping to reduce the point gap - currently four points - between themselves and the third-placed Chairboys, and Nolan could be tempted to make changes. “We have a good squad here and because of the quality of it, there are changes that can be made,” he told the Nottingham Post. “I’ll be discussing that this week. “But these lads have been fantastic. Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture. They have been great and that’s why they are where they are. “We are hoping now for a response and from what I’ve seen this season, I am pretty certain we will get one.” 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 stressed that he has "no qualms" about Notts County fans booing at the end of their 3-1 defeat at Chesterfield given the abject performance by the visitors. The Magpies were convincingly beaten at the Proact Stadium on Sunday as Sid Nelson, Zavon Hines and a Kristian Dennis penalty made Dan Jones's free kick a scant consolation. More than 1,400 Notts fans were at the game and a sizeable amount booed their team's shoddy display, and Nolan says they were entitled to voice their opinion. “They have come to watch the game and if they are not happy with it then they can share and voice that opinion,” he told the Nottingham Post. “For me it wasn’t good enough and we were second best all over. I’ve got no qualms about the fans. “We brought more than 1,400 fans which is fantastic and what we want. “They were there until the end of the game and then when it was over, and if they don’t feel it is right, then they are going to voice their opinion. “Nobody can hide from the fact that we weren’t good enough, but we’ve got to move on.” 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. Kevin Nolan has slammed his Notts County side for failing to even do the basics as they were beaten 3-1 by Chesterfield in Sunday's League Two encounter at the Proact Stadium. The Magpies were sub-par in Derbyshire as Sid Nelson and Zavon Hines made the most of defensive mistakes to put the Spireites two up by the break. Notts then halved the deficit with a Dan Jones free kick late on but not even nine minutes of stoppage time could push them to find an equaliser, instead conceding again via a penalty. “When you are not in top form and not really playing well, you just go back to the basics,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “But we didn’t even do that well. That’s disappointing from us because that’s what we’ve been good at all season long. “We will be having a meeting, but I can’t put my finger on one thing on where it went wrong. “They battled better than us. They played with a better temperament, they made a lot better decisions than us. All in all, they got what they deserved. “When we got back to 2-1, we spoke about how well we fight back, but even then I thought we didn’t even put them under pressure. “We didn’t put enough balls into the box and I just thought everybody was below their normal standard. It showed and you can’t have that many off 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.
  17. Notts County's promotion hopes suffered another blow as League Two strugglers Chesterfield ran out 3-1 winners in Sunday's encounter at the Proact Stadium. The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes Andy Kellett's corner was touched on by Drew Talbot and Sid Nelson chested the ball past Magpies goalkeeper Adam Collin from point-blank range. Elliott Hewitt then missed a sitter before the Spireites doubled their lead through a poor clearance that was rifled home by Zavon Hines. Notts huffed and puffed and laboured throughout the early afternoon but they put themselves within a goal of getting something from the game thanks to Dan Jones's free kick. Despite the County goal and nine minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no salvaging of a point as Chesterfield went on to score a penalty in the dying moments of the game. How did the Notts contingent react to the result? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan (official Notts site) "We just have to take it on the chin. Chesterfield were better than us on the day. They worked harder and did the bits in and out of possession really well. "They kept it a lot better than us and fair play to them they got their just rewards. "What we have got to do is concentrate on us. They were the better team but we were way below our standards." Kevin Nolan (Nottingham Post) "We have had a fantastic season and the bigger picture is that we are still in a fantastic position. "What we have to do now is make sure we go back to being ourselves as soon as possible - we have seven games to respond. "Over 39 games so far this season these lads have shown why they deserve to be where they are in the table and I am hoping today is a blip. "I am looking for a response right away and, if we get that, we will be okay." John Thompson (BBC Radio Nottingham) "There was never really a plan B. It's a frustrating game all around. This was a very bad 90 minutes. "Today their two centre-halves dominated (against Stead and Ameobi), there was a lack of pace. Chesterfield were constantly running at the Notts defence. They (Notts) look a bit devoid of ideas out there today. "There was no real leadership out there. There was nobody wanting the ball. The players didn't seem to know what was the right way to win the game. "(Nolan) has got to address it and think about perhaps a change in formation." The Black & White Army Northants Pie: John Thompson summed our season up perfectly when he said Chesterfield are playing football and Notts are just hoofing aimless balls towards Ameobi & Stead... we got found out mid November and haven't changed it since, unfortunately. Christopher Key: Abysmal. Long ball for almost 90 minutes. We didn't look like a top table team at any point. Didn't win first balls, couldn't defend. Psychologically, we couldn't hack it. Want to find a positive, but just can't. Rosemary Sanders: Disappointing isn’t the word doesn’t bode well in view of forthcoming fixtures !! Not enough strengthening of the squad in January but the players have done their best Mr Hardy dig deep in your pocket . Come on you pies don’t lose it now. Martin Bates: Not really surprised. This "holding, shielding, midfield line" just doesnt work. Sooner or later you need to put a tackle in & preferably before they get to the penalty area. Just because it worked at H vs Swansea, it hasnt worked since! I just cant understand how Husin, the best technical player at the club cant get in the team. He can keep a ball, play it & ask for it back. Noble & Hewitt just offer nothing offensively notwithstanding Hewitt has had a good season. 7 game season, the teams who go out & try to win will go up. Those who play safe will miss out. I'll leave it to others to work out which Notts fall under! Colin Hodgson: Stop playing the same team week in week out. They are all looking knackered. At least we are in the mix and a lot better off than last season. So improving immensely just need to freshen it up in the final hurdle of the season. Kevin Nolan's black and white army! Thomas George Polkey: No where near good enough. Why does Nolan seem very reluctant to put on forte?????? Having two slow strikers and heavily relying on the long ball will not give Notts much of a chance. Tony D Beardsley: 2-1 down & into injury time & our goalkeeper has more possession than our goal scorers so says it all really! Jason Chambers: We’ll be lucky to make the play offs if we carry on playing like that, never mind autos! That chance has gone now. Poor performance. Jaychristina Kasraie: Embarrasing everytime on tv , makes them look like clowns, not on form today Rob Freeman: Failing to invest properly in the January transfer window will ultimatley cost Notts promotion. Luke James: Played league two football at a league two team Nolan looks like he is panicking and not trusting own his tactics play like that over Easter and we will he resigned to the play offs possibly not even that! Steven Taberham: 5 points lost in 2 out of the last 3 games. Just not good enough. May just about stay in the play off places. Dean Belfield: We got what we deserved nothing! To be fair to chesterfield they played us off the park. To many passengers we need to take a good look at ourselves and change our approach its not good enough! Mark Nixon: There is no pace in the team what so ever the front 2 are like statues need to mix it up league 2 defenders hate pace and we still left them both on. Why not take Dicko off and put another forward on?? We were 2 down. 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. 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  18. Shola Ameobi has stressed that he and other senior members of the Notts County contingent must "set the tone" for the rest of the squad. The veteran striker has experience playing at the top level for Newcastle United and at international level for Nigeria. Ameobi is one of several such players and coaches at Meadow Lane, with Kevin Nolan, Mark Crossley, Jon Stead and Alan Smith also enjoying playing careers at the top level. All must play their part in helping the rest of the Magpies squad handle the pressure of the League Two promotion battle, says Ameobi. “We have players and staff who have played in big games during their career under huge pressure and I think that’s a big positive for us,” he told The Mag. “Hopefully we can use that experience to help the rest of the lads. It is important the senior players set the tone for the team especially the younger players. “The manager will do that anyway, but the likes of Steady, Smudge, Duffer and myself have a big role to play in ensuring the team is prepared mentally. “We have nothing to lose going into the eight games but we will take each one as it comes. “It is important to look back at where we have come from since this time last year because we can take a lot of pride from that and use it as momentum going into the final stretch. “We know if we can manage to put a run together we could end up winning promotion. We have to deal with that pressure and expectation but we are confident within the dressing room.” 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. Kevin Nolan has stressed that Notts County will show Chesterfield "ultimate respect" when they lock horns in League Two on Sunday. The Magpies remain in the promotion hunt and will travel to the Proact Stadium for a second game against local rivals in quick succession following the Mansfield Town home draw. Unlike the Stags, though, the Spireites are six points adrift of safety in the bottom two of the table, but Nolan is not taking their lowlier league position for granted. “It’s another local derby and you've got to earn the right to play,” he told the Nottingham Post. “It might not be as intense as the derby against Mansfield but there are still bragging rights at stake. “For me, we will show them ultimate respect because they've got some good individuals and Jack (Lester)'s team play some really good football. “But you know I'm confident if we continue to play the way we have been over the last few weeks we've got a good chance of coming away with the points. “But this and the next five weeks are not going to be easy. What we've got to do is just make sure we tick the games off one by one and hopefully when we're putting a "W" next to them. If that's the case we will all be having a good time on May 5.” 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 issued a rallying battle cry to all of the Notts County contingent as the League Two season enters its final stages. The Magpies have just eight games left and they currently sit fourth in the table, still with a great chance of an automatic promotion spot and likely to at least finish in the top seven. Up next is Sunday's trip to Chesterfield, which will be shown on Sky Sports, and Nolan wants everybody to unite for the remainder of the season to help pull off something which seemed a million miles away just a year ago. “It's about us all sticking together,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We have given ourselves an unbelievable opportunity to try to get into League One, so let's enjoy it. “You couldn't have dreamt of this when we arrived in the middle of January last year. “It's there and within our grasp so let's stick together - the players, staff, fans - and let's have a really good go at it. If we do that I think we'll give ourselves an absolutely fantastic chance. “I'm sure with us all together, the way we have been for the majority of the season, we will be celebrating come May. We've got a dream now and let's make that dream a reality.” 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. Noor Husin has stated that Kevin Nolan was instrumental in his decision to join Notts County and feels he can progress as a player under the former Premier League stalwart. The 21-year-old was on the books of Crystal Palace but opportunities were few and far between for him at Selhurst Park, especially once Sam Allardyce was named as their new manager. Husin caught Nolan's eye when he scored against them whilst on loan at Accrington Stanley and, when Palace made him available for transfer in January, the Magpies duly snapped him up. "It wasn't really a tough decision to leave Palace," Husin told Sky Sports. "Kevin gave me a bit of banter about scoring against us, but he is one of the reasons I came here. He has played at the top level and my aim is to get there. I thought I could progress under him and take my game forward. "He has definitely helped me so far. I am playing regularly and he can see the game through my eyes because of the position he played. I am happy taking tips off him and understanding different things I can improve on. "Notts County is a massive club in League Two as well. I just thought it was the right time to go down a few levels and build my way back up." 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. Terry Hawkridge has reassured Notts County fans by stressing that the players will not struggle to get over their last-ditch 1-1 draw to Mansfield Town last weekend. The Magpies were on the verge of recording a first league win over the Stags since 2005 in front of a bumper crowd that braved the snowy conditions at Meadow Lane. Kevin Nolan's boys took the lead in the first half through Hawkridge, but the Stags were given the chance to equalise eight minutes into the seven minutes of added time at the end of the game. Lewis Alessandra's arm was in the box and made contact with the ball, prompting referee Andy Woolmer to point to the spot, and Kane Hemmings made no mistake from 12 yards. Nolan was furious with the ref's decision, but Hawkridge says the Magpies have no time to dwell on it ahead of their League Two game at Chesterfield on Sunday. “It won’t be really tough to get over because it’s not the first time it’s not gone our way,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We just have to keep our head down, keep working and just concentrate on us. “I am sure it will kick us on because I thought we played really well and we were the better team. “We just got to concentrate on Chesterfield now. We are building some momentum and we just have to aim to pick up points.” 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. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has claimed that the weekend 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town felt like a defeat to his players. Terry Hawkridge gave the Magpies the lead in Saturday's League Two derby, played in front of a bumper crowd at Meadow Lane and in wintry conditions. However, referee Andy Woolmer played beyond the seven minutes of stoppage time and, when Alessandra handballed with his arm in the area, he awarded Mansfield a penalty. Kane Hemmings then slotted home from 12 yards out to give David Flitcroft's side a share of the spoils, leaving Nolan bemoaning a “poor” decision and hoping it won't have repercussions later in the season. “It’s not that it plays on your mind, it’s what it does to you at the end of the season,” he told the Nottingham Post. “If we miss out on a playoff place by two points what are we going to look back at? “They (referees) can’t keep getting things wrong and my lads deserved more. “They managed everything exceptionally well and they should have come off that pitch looking forward to a couple of days off with their friends and families. “They should have been happy, but they were not because of another poor decision. It felt like a defeat to them because they were robbed of three points.” 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. Kevin Nolan has claimed that Notts County were "robbed of two points" as they played out a 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town on Saturday. The Magpies took the lead in the first half through Terry Hawkridge bundling home, but the Stags were given the chance to equalise eight minutes into the seven minutes of added time at the end of the game. Alex Macdonald headed into the box in the last minute of injury time with the ball hitting Lewis Alessandra on the arm, prompting referee Andy Woolmer to point to the spot, and Kane Hemmings made no mistake. “My lads have been robbed of two points,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post following the derby at Meadow Lane. “We played really well and they got the goal they deserved. They limited Mansfield to very few chances. “The first chance they had in which the keeper had to make a save was in the 97th minute. “I am flabbergasted and I don’t know how we have come off the pitch having drawn the game. “The referee cost us two points with a horrendous, terrible, decision. It was outside the box and the referee has no excuses. “It’s so bad because my lads had to earn the right to get a goal and to try for a clean sheet. “We did enough to win the game, but the referee has given them a penalty out of nothing. “This is third v fifth. It’s so disappointing and it is happening week in and week out. But I am so proud of my lads.” 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. Kevin Nolan has questioned why Notts County have given Mansfield Town so many tickets but is eager for his players to do what they've been doing for most of the season when the two sides clash on Saturday. The Stags travel to Meadow Lane for the 1pm kickoff, which will see two sides in the thick of the promotion race duke it out for points and, given the huge rivalry between the two, bragging rights. “It’s just like any other rivalry and you live it and feel it,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “Everybody knows about it around the city and they’ve got 4,000 fans coming, which says it all. Although, I don’t know why we have given them that many tickets, I must admit. “But I am looking forward to it. I don’t think I have managed to beat them since I’ve been here. “We lost there earlier in the season, and then we lost in the Checkatrade Trophy when we made plenty of changes. “We didn’t get off to the best of starts in that game as we conceded so early on, but I just think we are going to be really well prepared. “If the lads can be what they have been for the majority of the season, then I feel we can come away with a really good result on Saturday and we will all be celebrating. “That’s what we want. We want to keep plugging away and keep the momentum building.” 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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