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  1. Kevin Nolan is looking forward to Saturday's League Two derby between Notts County and Mansfield Town but warns that the opposition are "no mugs". Both sides are in the hunt for automatic promotion this season, with the Magpies hoping to make it four games unbeaten, deal a big blow to a direct promotion contender, and claim regional bragging rights. Although the game will be the first Nottinghamshire derby for new Stags manager David Flitcroft, Nolan is still mindful of their strong squad and will treat them with respect. “It’s going to be really tough for us because Mansfield have got a fantastic squad, team and all of that,” he told the Nottingham Post. “They are no mugs and we know that. We will respect them like we always do and if you do that, you give yourselves a good chance of getting a result. "We are really looking forward to 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.
  2. Kevin Nolan has challenged his Notts County players to put together another unbeaten run as they seek to finish the League Two season off in the automatic promotion places. Saturday's 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers means the Magpies currently stand on three games without defeat, alongside victory over Stevenage and a draw with Cheltenham Town. “Earlier in the season when we had a couple of losses we have always gone eight, nine, 10 games unbeaten,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “That’s the challenge to the boys now because seven points out of the last nine is a fantastic return. “We probably should have nine out of nine but for refereeing decisions which I am disappointed about. “But we just have to keep looking after ourselves. We have a really tough game this weekend and everybody is looking forward to it. “We will have a game plan and if we stick to it we have every chance of getting 10 points out of 12.” 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 is "absolutely delighted" with Notts County's 2-1 win at Forest Green Rovers and feels the victory was "well-deserved". The Magpies had not won away since Boxing Day and it looked like Saturday's League Two game at the New Lawn was going to finish as a draw following goals from Liam Noble and Tahvon Campbell. But County managed to claim all three points when Matt Tootle struck a late winner and kept the visitors third in the table, with their automatic promotion hopes still alive and kicking. "I'm absolutely delighted and thought the win was well-deserved," Nolan told the official Notts site. "The lads were magnificent and stuck to the gameplan brilliantly. "We knew they would have a good go a us in the second half and they put us under a bit of pressure. "Tahvon Campbell came on, scored a fantastic goal and then smashed one off the bar from 25 yards. "A few weeks ago that would have hit Adam Collin on the back and gone in. "We limited them to few chances and, if we upped our quality on the ball when we won possession back, we could have punished them a lot more." 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 expressed his displeasure with the number of key refereeing decisions that have gone against Notts County this season. The Magpies boss was angry after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town when Jon Stead was clearly brought down by goalkeeper Scott Flinders but not awarded a penalty. Nolan showed his anger by refusing to shake referee Graham Horwood’s hand post-match as the Magpies were forced to settle for a point. “There’s nothing I can do about it, but I am starting to count the decisions that we should have had and, over the course of the season, it must be about five or six now,” he told the Nottingham Post. “They were all at important times too. If you look at Tuesday if we get a goal and they are down to 10 men then what more could Gary Johnson (Cheltenham manager) have done? “While I was delighted with the point, I was gutted that I was talking about referees. “I thought the performance deserved much more than what they got and that’s because it was snatched away from them. “One because of referees and secondly because of poor finishing on our behalf. “But they are getting those opportunities and they are getting there. If we keep doing that, then we will start putting the ball in the back of the net.” 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 stressed that Notts County must respect a Forest Green Rovers side who can "beat anyone on their day" ahead of their League Two encounter this weekend. The Magpies travel to The New Lawn on Saturday to face a FGR outfit that have won their last five home outings and moved seven points clear of the relegation zone. "Forest Green have been fantastic at home since the turn of the year and can beat anyone on their day," Nolan told the official Notts site of the opposition, managed by former boss Mark Cooper. "We're well aware that we have to go there, respect them and earn a result. "Mark has recruited really well and has done a fantastic job getting them up last year and making it seem so simple to stay in the league this year. "They are a strong side and play good football with two fantastic strikers in Christian Doidge and Reuben Reid so it won't be an easy one. "But if we turn up and do what we need to do we can come away with another positive result." 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 was left pleased with Terry Hawkridge's goal in Notts County's draw at Cheltenham Town and hailed the winger's perseverence in biding his time and seizing his first-team chance. The former Lincoln City man has seen little game action in recent weeks but made the starting XI at Whaddon Road and repaid his manager's faith with his side's goal. "It's been while for him and Terry has had to bide his time because of the quality we have in the squad," Nolan told the Nottingham Post after the game, which finished 1-1 after Joe Morrell levelled for the hosts. "He has worked hard and played fantastically well against Stevenage last week and he has put another great performance in tonight. "It was a fantastic finish and a fantastic goal but unfortunately we couldn't add to it with the fantastic chances we created." 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. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has hailed Michael O'Connor's attitude in his rehabilitation and comeback from a serious knee injury. The club captain needed surgery to repair his cruciate ligament and his meniscus following a blow suffered in last April's 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth at Meadow Lane. However, O'Connor has made a return to full training and played 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Scunthorpe United on Monday. Magpies boss Nolan has been delighted at how the Northern Irishman has acquitted himself in his comeback and says he is already well ahead of schedule. “Michael played in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Scunthorpe which a few of the lads who haven’t played recently were also involved in,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We want those players ready for the games coming up in case of injury. “Occy got 45 minutes in and he’s been absolutely fantastic in his work ethic. It is a testament to himself and the medical staff in how they have handled his return. He’s way ahead of schedule, but we won’t push him too hard, too soon. “He’s on a plan and I am hoping he comes through that unscathed without suffering any fresh injuries. That’s always the worry when you’ve been out for such a long time. “But over the last week he has been involved in full-contact training and I must admit he’s got focus and a determination to come back fitter and stronger. “He’s worked so hard and tirelessly and I am hoping this is the next step in getting a black and white shirt on before the end of the season. This month may be too soon, but, again, there is no pressure on 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.
  8. Kevin Nolan has confirmed that Ross Fitzsimons will not be involved in Notts County's League Two away game at Cheltenham Town after suffering a car accident on Monday. The former Crystal Palace goalkeeper was involved in a collision near Trent Bridge, and Nolan says he was not hurt but was shaken and as such will not be travelling to Whaddon Road with the squad. “It was nothing serious but Ross will not be travelling,” he told the Nottingham Post. “Obviously he’s a bit shaken up and it’s unfortunate because he’s just got a new car. “As you can imagine, now that we know he is alright he has taken a bit of stick. But the protocol is that we make sure he is alright and his safety and health is the most important thing. “It’s an unfortunate incident and one you don’t realise you have to deal with until you walk into the office. Cars can always be replaced. It might have actually knocked a bit of sense into 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.
  9. Kevin Nolan has described referee Graham Horwood as "an absolute shambles" following his performance in Notts County's 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night. The Magpies boss was unhappy with an incident in the 17th minute when Jon Stead was brought down by goalkeeper Scott Flinders in the box, only for a penalty not to be given. Stead went on to assist Terry Hawkridge for the game's opening goal shortly before the break, but the Robins equalised in the second half through Joe Morrell for a share of the spoils. "I don’t want to talk about referees but I am going to have to after that,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He was an absolute shambles and I mean it. Everybody in the stadium knew it was a penalty and even their players ran past me and said ‘how did we get away with that’. “If that decision goes for us we could got 1-0 up and they are down to 10 men after a short space of time. “I am just so disappointed because they are the decisions you have to get right. “But I was delighted with the first half, and in the second half they changed system and threw everything at us. “I am delighted with the point, but I felt it should have been all three.” 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 has rubbished suggestions of the wheels having fallen off Notts County's League Two promotion campaign and stressed that they are in a very good place at the minute. Just 12 points separate second-placed Accrington Stanley and 10th-placed Lincoln City and, with 10-12 games left of the season depending on the team, the stage is set for a gripping promotion race. “There will be a lot of expectation and you just hope that does not transmit itself onto the pitch,” he told the Nottingham Post. “You don’t want people getting anxious because you can sense it in your players then too. “You don’t want them to go in their shell and we’ve already had a bit of that this season because of the success we have had. “I am hoping we have learned from that. But I’ve said to the players that we’ve had a fantastic season regardless because nobody expected us to be here. “Nobody thought we’d be where we are in July or August, not in September and even October. “It was only in November when everybody started saying ‘you are going to be allright’. “In December everybody said we were spot on for promotion and that we should go up, and January it was the same. “In February though, all of a sudden people believe the wheels have come off. “That goes to show how much it changes on a month-to-month basis. But why should we worry now? We’ve got to embrace it and enjoy it. “Everybody else up there and around us are expected to be there because they are teams who have built to have success this season. “We haven’t. We are building to get there. This club is going in the right direction and that is the most important thing. “We are in a very good place at the minute and long may that continue.” 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. Kevin Nolan has stressed that Notts County are doing their all to be ready for all outcomes in wake of the potential postponement of Saturday's League Two fixture at Cheltenham Town. The Magpies and the Robins are awaiting a pitch inspection at Whaddon Road on Friday morning that will determine whether the game will go on or not. Nolan said the show must go on in terms of preparation even if several players could not get into training on Thursday with such poor weather across the country. “The weather has hampered preparations, but we are fortunate that we have an indoor facility we can use so we can get some work into the lads’ legs,” he told the Nottingham Post. “Unfortunately we could not get the full squad into training, but the majority of them were, which I was delighted about. “We are just preparing as usual. It’s tough, but it’s like Christmas in the fact that the show must go on. “You’ve got to stay professional and be ready. I know everybody is tipping the game to be off, but I’ve not been involved in many games which have been cancelled because of the snow. “We got some good quality work in on Thursday, but when you are missing a part of the squad it’s a pain. “We are doing everything to prepare right and to make sure everything is spot on. If the game is played or if it’s not, we are ready for all outcomes.” 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 stressed that he wants Notts County's players to have "no regrets" come the final day of the season. The Magpies have 11 games left of the League Two campaign and they remain well in the promotion hunt. The 2-0 win over Stevenage was followed up by by third-placed Wycombe losing at home to Coventry City in midweek which keeps Nolan’s side just a point behind an automatic promotion slot. “I keep saying to the boys it’s all about us and what we do,” he told the Nottingham Post. “If we keep applying ourselves then I feel we will give ourselves a fantastic opportunity of where we want to be. “We’ve got a great chance, let’s just enjoy it, let’s keep working hard and have no regrets come the final day of the season. “I feel that with the squad we have and the people we have, I can’t wait for the run-in.” 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 expressed his happiness with Jorge Grant returning to goalscoring form for Notts County. The 23-year-old midfielder scored his 18th goal of the season on Saturday as he broke the deadlock in an eventual 2-0 win over Stevenage at Meadow Lane. Nolan had admitted last week how Grant was annoyed at his lack of goals in 2018, having netted 16 times before the turn of the year, and revealed how he had a tough week prior to the game. “I spoke about Jorge before the game but he’s had a tough week with his family which I won’t go into,” he told the Nottingham Post. “He is a young boy who is learning a lot and this is his first full season. He is learning a lot and he has been unfortunate because when we have needed him to step up and try to get us out of a hole, he’s been one of the eight or nine in the hole with them. “But we are all together and working hard to get back out of it. Saturday was a clear sign that we are starting to scrap our way out of it. “I am delighted with that and Jorge’s attitude was fantastic. When he came on, he looked really good and had that clear mind back. I thought he took his goal fantastically well and I was delighted for 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.
  14. Kevin Nolan has praised Notts County's players for not letting the crowd's anxiety in the Stevenage game filter through to them before they got their goals in the 2-0 win. The Magpies endured a tense afternoon at Meadow Lane last Saturday but managed to find the breakthrough on 77 minutes through Jorge Grant not long before Shola Ameobi added a killer second. The home fans were understandably nervous given how the game was going and how Notts had floundered in some of the previous game but Nolan was pleased with how his side overcame the tension. “There was a fair bit of anxiety,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve got to make sure we try to stay cool, calm and collected and I thought we did. “There are going to be moments when you hear a little groan in the crowd and I just thought they handled it fantastically well given where we’ve been in the last few weeks. “The more you handle it, the more you can play in that environment and then the confidence and quality will come out.” 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 praised Notts County's perseverance as they ground out a 2-0 win over Stevenage on Saturday. The Magpies had suffered a downturn of form prior to the League Two game at Meadow Lane and were in danger of seeing their promotion hopes fade away. Although the performance was little to write home about, Notts nonetheless succeeded in taking all three points thanks to late goals from Jorge Grant and Shola Ameobi. "The players have found a way to win the game today and that is a fantastic trait to have," Nolan told the official site after full time. "It was never going to be smooth sailing and we have had performances where we have not hit the high notes of previous months. "But we have to start building back towards that and today was a clear sign that everyone is in it together. I thought our little bits of quality shone through." Nolan also revealed that the players will get a little downtime over the next few days as a busy schedule of two games a week will now finally ease, with the next match not until next weekend. "The lads are going to have a good couple of days off to go home, recuperate, relax and have some time away from football because it's been a tough month," he added. "We have had a game every four days this month and not many teams have done that so we have to make sure we get these lads fully rested and recharged for another tough game at Cheltenham next Saturday." 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 stressed that he did not expect Notts County's season to be all plain sailing but is confident the team will get out of the rut they're currently in. The Magpies spent a good chunk of the season in the automatic promotion places, even holding top spot for a number of weeks. However, County's form has tailed off in 2018, with four defeats, two draws and just three wins from the nine league games this calendar year. This has sent Notts - previously boasting a sizeable cushion into the automatics - tumbling down into the playoff places, with eighth-placed Lincoln City now just five points behind. “I was under no illusion that we were going to go through a tough time this season,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I always said we were going to hit a bump in the road and it’s getting a bit bigger and bigger. “But, listen, we have got to get ourselves out of it - and we will. “Looking at the lads, I believe that they believe they are going to get out of it, and hopefully that starts on Saturday. “Then we can look to start building from there. But, as I said, you don’t go from being poor to being top-notch in an instant. “We’ve just got to get back to being where we were six weeks ago.” 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. Kevin Nolan has admitted that Jorge Grant is getting frustrated due to his downturn in form but stresses that Notts County can't just rely on him all the time. The 23-year-old has scored 17 goals this season but only one has come this calendar year, which has coincided with the Magpies also stumbling in League Two. Nolan has addressed Grant's form in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's meeting with Stevenage but wants each player to take full responsibility. “Jorge has played a lot of games and he is getting a little bit frustrated because he is not in a rich vein of scoring form,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “But it’s not just down to Jorge. We can’t just look to him to get us out of it all the time. “It has to be a collective responsibility and there are too many of us who are under par week in, week out. “That’s why we are getting these inconsistencies. You can afford to have two or three, but when you are at seven or eight, then it’s not good enough for us. “We have to find the right solutions as quickly as possible. Once we do I am sure we will get that confidence high and you will see the best of the boys again.” 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 has urged the Notts County players to "stand up and be counted" over the coming weeks as the League Two campaign enters its latter stages. The Magpies' form has taken a downturn in recent weeks, the last eight league games yielding four defeats and just two wins. On Tuesday night, Notts fell to a 1-0 defeat at Cambridge United which saw their hopes of automatic promotion take another huge blow. “They are not used to losing games so regularly all season,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “Before the turn of the year we had only lost three whereas we’ve now lost four since the start of January. “They are bound to be feeling the pressure when that starts happening because people start griping. “People start having a go and it’s about being able to stand up and be counted. “I will stand up and be counted because I’ve been through this in my career and hopefully I will help them come through it and be better people and players for it. “It’s down to me to help take the pressure off and we are doing that week in, week out, day in, day out to switch them away from league tables etc. “We just need to concentrate on us. It doesn’t matter what happens in February, it’s what happens in April and May. “That’s when the real pressure comes. Hopefully we’ve had it and when it comes round again in April and May we will be ready and more experienced for it. “We are a team in transition with lots of new players who have only joined me in July. “They have done fantastically well and I am not taking that away from them or making an excuse, because I believe where they are is because they are good enough. “At the minute they are just finding it a bit tough, but we all have to stick together to make sure we get back to where we were as quickly as possible.” 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 says he is "deeply disappointed" with Notts County's 1-0 loss at Cambridge United and believes his players are lacking confidence in the final third. Medy Elito's goal on the half-hour mark condemned the Magpies to defeat at the Abbey Stadium, which dealt yet another blow to their fading automatic promotion hopes. Nolan is however hopeful that Notts can get back on track when they face Stevenage at Meadow Lane on Saturday. "I'm deeply disappointed because I thought we were starting to get back to where we were and I feel we have come away from that today," Nolan told the official Notts site. "There wasn't much in the game but we didn't deal with Uche Ikpeazu well at all tonight. We looked at their strengths and we didn't deal with any of them and we didn't do anything to exploit their weaknesses. "I have said to the lads we have another quick turnaround and another big game on Saturday where we have to get three points. "I can't put my finger on (why we're not scoring) but we will be working hard over the next 72 hours to make sure we are ready for Stevenage on Saturday. "There's a lack of confidence to try something in the final third for a lot of them. "With the quality we have across the frontline we have to start breaking teams down much more than we are. "I believe it won't take us long to get back to where we were this time last week after a positive result against Carlisle." 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. We're edging towards the end of February and Notts County's forward problems continue following the backfiring of our January gamble. Bringing Mason Bennett in on loan seemed a great idea at the time, given he's a highly rated and clearly talented footballer, very much admired by most fans of his parent club Derby. Unfortunately, Bennett is also injury prone, something which plenty of Rams fans I spoke to mentioned in sighing tones - were it not for his injury issues, he would probably be an established first-team despite his young age. And he showed his quality on his Notts debut against Crewe, getting the final goal in a superb 4-1 win, but then, the harsh reality of his injury record kicked in as he had to be taken off early on against Barnet with a hamstring problem, on which he has needed an operation. It's a bad situation for all three parties - Bennett is injured and must now go through the healing and rehabilitation process, Derby will be gutted to see one of their most talented youngsters suffer another setback, and Notts are back to square one in terms of their striker conundrum. So we have Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead, who simply haven't got the legs to do 90 minutes week in week out (sometimes twice a week); Jonathan Forte, who remains overlooked by Nolan and, if we're being especially critical, hasn't had the same impact as a starter as he does off the bench; Lewis Alessandra, who hasn't got the quality in front of goal and finishing touch of a centre-forward; Callum Saunders, who is too raw and inexperienced to be thrown in at the deep end now; and Alan Smith, the footballing equivalent of using a plaster to fix an amputation. With the transfer window now closed and the emergency loan system very kindly phased out by the suits up top, that leaves us having to root through the dumpster that is the free agent market in order to find somebody. Maybe that's a little harsh - after all, Shola Ameobi was snapped up last February after the transfer window closed, but Ameobi has always been a model professional who was unsure whether to hang up his boots until former teammate Nolan persuaded him to link up with Notts, and his attitude at the club has been superb ever since signing on the dotted line. This year, the free agent market is noticeably less impressive, and a name that Nolan has mentioned in terms of prospective signings should ring alarm bells among all the fans. Nile Ranger. The talented, prodigious forward who could now be leading the line for Newcastle United, and perhaps England, but who instead finds himself without a club after being dismissed by Southend United due to "reoccurring disciplinary issues". Now, I'm very much one who believes in second chances in any walk of life, and if an individual is genuinely remorseful and shows proper contrition, they should be given another shot instead of being thrown onto the scrap heap, which as a society we are quick to do. Ranger has been given numerous chances by clubs in hope that he could have knuckled down and delivered as per his talent, but every time, it's simply not happened, hence why a player who should be gracing the higher leagues now finds himself without a club. Even if we discount the multiple charges he's had over the last 10 years, some of which have resulted in convictions (the latest just last year for online banking fraud, which resulted in him being tagged and not being able to play evening games due to a curfew), there's also the general attitude issues. Do Notts really want a player who has celebrated a goal by using his boot to mimic a machine gun, or whose timekeeping and disciplinary issues led to his latest club cancelling a contract midway through the season despite having committed to 2020 just a year earlier? And yes, Alan Hardy did confirm on Twitter today that Ranger "was on a list, along with several others, but none of those are being pursued", which seemingly puts paid to that speculation, but let's not forget how Liam Noble wasn't "being pursued" either. So no. Personally I would not like to see Ranger signed by Notts, where he could risk disrupting the dressing room and potentially making the wrong headlines, which by proxy means Notts will make the wrong headlines, before an unceremonious mid-season cutting of ties further down the line. And aside from that, there's got to be a level of principle in the club. And I would personally rather see Notts not get a reinforcement and run the risk of not getting promoted than giving a chance to a player who's spurned far too many over the years. Share your thoughts about this feature article 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 was sad to see Shaun Derry lose his job as Cambridge United manager but has tipped the former Notts County boss to be back in the game sooner rather than later. The Magpies head to the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday to face the U's, who are currently being managed by Joe Dunne on a caretaker basis. Cambridge have experienced an upturn in form under Dunne, having won two games under the 44-year-old and Nolan believes they will be tough opponents. “It will be tough because Cambridge have hit a bit of form,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I was gutted to see Shaun lose his job and I haven’t had chance to call him yet, but I will. We are close off the field so it’s unfortunate what happened. “But their team are doing well and we have to go there and put a stop to that. “I don’t think Cambridge have changed too much because when I last spoke to Dezza in the office after the game at our place, he was talking about how he had to patch up a lot of things. “He was finding it difficult because a lot of his experienced and top players were out. “But he will be back in the game no doubt because of how good he is as a manager. “We have done our homework on them and nothing much has changed because the majority of the players were all under Shaun anyway. “They might tweak a few things here and there, but very rarely will it massively change. “But they will be full of confidence because they have won two on the bounce. “It’s going to be difficult, but if we stick to our game plan I feel we can can come away with another positive result.” 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 revealed that Notts County are considering a move for free agent Nile Ranger but is aware of his off-the-field issues and insists that "everybody has to agree" on a decision. The 26-year-old is not attached to a club at present after Southend United terminated his contract in January on disciplinary grounds. Ranger served a month-long suspension following a serious breach of club discipline in his first season at Roots Hall before missing the start of his second campaign after being sent to prison for online fraud. Notts, however, were hit with a setback after deadline day loan signing Mason Bennett was sidelined for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury which required surgery. As a result, the club is back to square one in terms of striking reinforcements and, with the transfer window closed, only unattached players can join between now and the summer. “Nile is a complex character shall we say and he’s had a lot of second, third and fourth chances,” Nolan, who was a teammate of Ranger when the pair were at Newcastle United, told the Nottingham Post. “I am not going to lie but it’s a discussion we have had and we will continue to do so. “The one thing we have got to make sure is that the perception of our club is the right one. No disrespect to Nile, but he has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons and the wrong side of the paper. “It’s something that everybody has to agree on and if Nile does come here then we would have to have a good sit down with him and his representatives. “Everybody has to be on board with it, right the way from the chairman to the players. If there is any sort of doubt, then we have to make sure we protect the club and the squad we have." 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 stressed that each member of the Notts County squad will play a part in the latter stages of the League Two campaign. The wear and tear of the season has shown in recent weeks, with players absent through injury or illness, and tweaks having to be made to each matchday XI. In the goalless draw with Newport County, Terry Hawkridge and Dan Jones were left out of the squad, while Shola Ameobi was sidelined with a knock. Nolan says he has a tough job of selecting a squad for each game, but has assured all of his players that they will have a role to play in the coming months. “Shola was feeling his hamstring and we took the decision not to bring him to the game at the weekend. Hopefully he will be available for Tuesday," the manager told the Nottingham Post. "Shaun Brisley was back on the bench and it shows the strength in depth of the squad that we can leave out somebody of Terry Hawkridge’s quality. “He has been such an important member and still is an important member of our squad going forward. “We have a great squad to choose from and not only am I worried about what XI I am picking, it’s also about what seven I then choose from the rest. We have to make sure we have all bases covered. “They’ve just got to make sure they stay with us in terms of their attitude, because there are plenty more opportunities from now until the end of the season when they are going to have to step 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.
  24. Kevin Nolan has admitted that Notts County are on the lookout for unattached players following Mason Bennett's season-ending injury but says "nobody has been standing out". The on-loan Derby County striker has undergone surgery on an injured hamstring which forced him to limp out of the 1-0 defeat to Barnet last weekend. “We spent a lot of hours trying to get Mason over and all we can hope for is that the operation has gone well for him and he gets his opportunities when he comes back,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post/ “If there is something to be done next season then we will discuss that, but the health of the lad is most important and we wish him well in his long recovery back. “We’ve been looking at all possibilities (free transfers), but nobody at the minute has been standing out. “We'll continue to look and see if we can pull one out of the hat. But if not then I'm delighted with the squad I’ve got. We’ve still got enough to do what we need to do.” 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 declared himself "delighted" with a clean sheet and a point from Notts County's goalless draw at Newport County on Saturday but feels the Magpies could have won the game. A grind of a game at Rodney Parade ended with a share of the spoils as Notts - who had the better of the chances - slipped to fifth in the League Two table. However, Nolan was happy to see his side shut their opponents out and claim their first clean sheet in nine outings. “It was a difficult game on a difficult pitch,” he told the Nottingham Post. “But I thought the lads handled that well and defensively they looked rock solid. “We got a point, and I think we could have had all three with a bit more quality and patience in the final third. “It was a big week for us but we have got four points from two games which I am really positive about. “I am delighted with a clean sheet, delighted with a point and we’ve just got to make sure we move on and build on this now. “If we continue to keep clean sheets then it gives you an opportunity to get a lot of points on the board.” 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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