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  1. Notts County assistant manager Richard Thomas has stressed that the club's players and staff have not forgotten last season's hammering at Stevenage and will be eager to put things right tomorrow. On 4 March 2017, the Magpies travelled to Broadhall way and were beaten 3-0, with Matt Godden bagging a brace in a result that kept the visitors just five points from the drop zone. Notts are an entirely different proposition this season, currently sitting top of the table, but Thomas insists the heavy beating there has not been forgotten and hopes his players will put in a performance to make up for it. "We were walloped 3-0 down there last season and we've not forgotten that," Thomas told the Nottingham Post. "We want to get a bit closer to them this time around. "I know Darren Sarll well, we've been friends for a long time. He will want to combine unbelievable hard work with good football, which is not a good combination to come up against. "We've watched plenty of footage and I know they're a good side with plenty of threats." 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. Stevenage manager Darren Sarrl has claimed that his side's League Two encounter against Notts County at Broadhall Way will be a tight affair. The hosts currently sit 11th in the table but with things as tight as they are they are just three points off the playoffs. Notts, meanwhile, top the standings and will be eager to build on their impressive wins over Newport County and Bristol Rovers. “Notts County are a very decent side in League Two," Sarll told the official Stevenage site. "It will be a tough game and they will have a strength about their play, just like I hope Kevin has identified a strength about our play. "On the day if we are as good and enthused as we were on Tuesday night, we will have no problems. I still state we are a very good side in this league and we are playing against another. "These games should be quite tight with very few opportunities. It is very much like that and there has obviously been a big improvemnt at their football club and their stability under new ownership that makes them very competitive." 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 loanee Ryan Yates has claimed that scoring four goals in his last five games has been beyond his wildest expectations and is hoping to weigh in with more contributions. The 19-year-old's brace was crucial in the FA Cup first-round turnaround against Bristol Rovers and also chipped in with goals against Barnet and Carlisle United in November. "Since the start of the season I've been telling Mark Crossley, who organises our set-pieces, to get me in the box!" Yates, speaking to the Notts official site, joked. "My role is about keeping things simple but I'm still young, raw and learning. I would like to add goals to my game and keep chipping in with them. "To get four goals in five games has been beyond my wildest expectations but I just have to keep having the knack of being in the right place at the right time. "I have to give credit to the balls being put into the box. They're unbelievable. I've never known a team to be so good at set-pieces - we've scored so many goals from them already this season. "When Carl Dickinson is standing over a free-kick I know it's going to be worrying for the goalkeeper but there are six or seven of the lads who put them in the top corner on a regular basis in training. It's unbelievable." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with 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. The way November's fixtures have been structured, League Two's first matchday this month isn't until the 11th. Notts County have coasted into the second round of the FA Cup and been eliminated (thankfully, some will say) from the EFL Trophy, so now it's back to the small task of trying to remain top of the league standings. Up next is Stevenage away and, ahead of Saturday's fixture, Pride of Nottingham has spoken to Boro fan George Adkins (Twitter: george__adkins) to get an insight on the opposition. Q1: Stevenage is a fairly new club, being formed in 1976. What's been your best club memory so far? My best memory has to be when we beat Newcastle in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in 2011, it was the first year I started to go to Stevenage every game so to go into the next round was amazing. Q2: How does it feel to have been the first team to have won a competitive final at the new Wembley in 2007? It’s a good achievement for the team because they were the first to win at the new Wembley, showing other teams that it’s possible to get to finals at Wembley and win. Q3: You've had a good pedigree in the FA Trophy, having won two and finished runners-up since the turn of the century - which do you feel was the better win? I feel the Kidderminster 2007 was the better win because it was our first win in a cup, it was also at the new Wembley which makes it even more important. Q4: Who would you say are Stevenage's biggest rivals? Luton Town are probably our biggest league rivals because they are the closest team to Stevenage in the Football League. Q5: Who are your team's danger men? Stevenage’s danger men are Danny Newton and Matty Godden, they have both come from non league and have continued to score many goals for their club. Q6: Score/scorer prediction 1-0 Stevenage - Matt Godden Share your thoughts about this Opposition View 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.
  5. Kevin Nolan has urged his Notts County charges to put last week's 3-0 defeat at Stevenage behind them, think about how far the team has come in the last 10 games, and focus on "another big game" this Saturday. The Magpies saw their five-match unbeaten run come to a halt at the Lamex Stadium last week with the heavy loss in Hertfordshire, cutting the gap between them and the bottom two to five points. However, the manager is hopeful that Notts can bounce straight back when they host Hartlepool tomorrow. "We had a fantastic run previous to the result last weekend, and it just shows how far we've come," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "Go back 10 games to when I first walked in we'd just gained a point after the first weekend and gone into the bottom two, and we were looking up at a lot of teams who weren't around us. "It looked like a three or four-way scrap, but what we've managed to do in that time is bring a lot of teams around us into the scrap. "We've got a cushion at the minute, but we knew we weren't safe. I kept telling you, and you didn't believe me. "It's going to be a battle and every game is going to be tough, because every game in this league is tough. "One bad result last week has not changed my mind. The positives out of it all was that we went five games unbeaten and that's what we've got to try and achieve again. "The lads are working hard, they are buying into it. It was unfortunate we didn't reach our standards last week, but it wasn't all bad. "At 3-0 it looks as if it's terrible, but we had a spell in the first half when we could've clawed a goal back and that would have changed the whole sense of the game. "But it wasn't to be and we've got to take it on the chin, and we go again. "It's another big game now because it's a home game. We've been fantastic at home since I've come through the door. "I'm sure Hartlepool are going to come here and show us respect and we'll show them respect, but hopefully we're going to do enough to claim all three points." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat.
  6. “It’s crucial that we stay grounded, and remember that football can change ever so quickly, and live in hope, that when the road becomes bumpy, which it will, we remain strong, united and continue to pull in the same direction”, was a phrase I used in my most recent article. Saturday proved to be a stern reminder that football can indeed change ever so quickly. Following a superb performance and result at Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday evening, Notts fans (me included) could be forgiven for predicting another battling victory on Saturday. Oh how we were wrong. Travelling down the M1 at 10.30am with a nice cold bottle of Peroni is how my away days normally begin and Saturday was no different. There was however one major difference in the pre-match conversation I held with my companions whilst on the road – there was a sense of optimism, a sense of excitement and a sense of real belief that we would carry on our turn around in form. Something which has been lacking during the previous 6 months. Notts never looked like replicating the performance of Tuesday night, especially after falling behind after 3 minutes. Don’t let the stats fool you, we were poor, we were second best and we were way off the pace. The opener was real school boy defending, something that can be forgiven in the 90th minute, but not in the first three! A short corner went completely un-noticed by the slowly reacting Notts defence, and the inevitable happened. An-unchallenged cross into the box was swiftly followed by a un-challenged header into the top right hand corner of Collins’ bulging net. Wonderful start by the Pies. I missed the header as I was still taking in the fabulous scenery and trying to figure out the starting line-up. Never mind. Onwards and upwards I thought. Notts never really got going – at all. Most disappointingly was the lack of fight for the second ball. I don’t buy the ‘we had a long trip midweek’ line that I overheard by a few Pies fans on exiting the ground. The players weren’t tired, they’re professional footballers whose sole job role is to play football. I have no sympathy for ‘tired’ footballers. I will note however, that Kevin Nolan didn’t use this as a reason for our defeat on Saturday and took it on the chin and accepted we were poor – which was the most refreshing. It was never going to be a walk in the park. ‘We don’t get down when we lose – and we don’t get upbeat when we win’ is the philosophy Nolan is trying to grow into his players' mindset. It has been working, hence our form and our position in the form table. However, it must be clear that the effort and performance shown on Saturday falls well below the expectation of Nolan and indeed, the fans. Notts player ratings at Stevenage (6 as average): Adam Collin – 5 – Frustrating but can’t be blamed for any of the goals. Very unprotected for all 3. If he has been instructed to slow the play down, then this may explain his constant hesitation to release the ball to the full backs. Don’t think he actually made a save. Clackstone – 3 – I felt sorry for the lad. He got torn to pieces down his side and should have been replaced by Hewitt after 30 mins with Duffy coming into the middle. Fully expect a shuffle on Saturday. Hollis – 4 – The best of the back 4 but he shouldn’t be the focal point of our defence. A decent covering centre half but not a leader. Caught way out of position for all 3 goals. Hewitt – 4 – Godden had him at 6’s and 7’s for all 90 minutes. A better defender against big centre forwards but horribly exposed against the excellent movement of the Stevenage front two. Bola – 4 – His worst game for us so far. Terrible distribution and looked exhausted at the 60-minute mark. An excellent wing back when we are in our attacking element but will never be a full back. Would be perfect in a 3-5-2 as a LWB. Milsom – 5 – Missed his partner in crime and was left exposed by the lack of positional sense by Thommo and Grant. Thompson – 5 – Lots of energy – lots of running – no impact. We missed O Connor terribly today and wouldn’t be surprised to see Tootle or Smith in the middle on Saturday to give us more balance. Grant – 4 – Is not a ball winning midfielder which is the role he was asked to play today. Can not play in a two-man midfield and needs to be given less responsibility. Perfect for the Alan Judge role. Yeates – 5 – Probably our best player – but be under no illusion, he was poor. Really tried to make things happen but the complete lack of movement alongside and in front of him made it difficult. Stead – 4 – Worst performance I’ve seen from Stead. We were under pressure from the first minute and Forte would have been a better option to try and hit the channels. Missed a good chance at 0-1. Ameobi – 4 – Missed our best two chances and clearly isn’t a goalscorer. Needed pace alongside him today to take the pressure of his hold up play. A bad day at the office all round. Normal service will be resumed on Saturday... won't it? #12thman #COYP Share your thoughts about Alex's feature on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat.
  7. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has admitted that Michael O'Connor was missed at Stevenage, where the Magpies fell to a 3-0 defeat on Saturday. The Lamex Stadium saw Notts' five-match unbeaten run come to a halt as Matty Godden and Jack King scored three unanswered goals between them for the hosts. Magpies captain O'Connor did not feature as he is suspended following an accumulation of ten yellow cards, and Nolan said the absence of "one of the top players" for the club was notable. "He was always going to be a massive miss for us especially when you are coming to teams like these (Stevenage)," he told the Nottingham Post. "Occy (O'Connor) has been one of the top players since I came in. He's been brilliant. "But we have got good players and we just didn't turn up. It will be a learning experience for them and some of them have got to take it on the chin a bit quicker and get out of the rut they put themselves in so early in the game. "There were a lot of players who started sloppily and it took them 10 to 15 minutes to get out of it. When you make that first mistake, it's important you don't make the second, the third and the fourth. It just seemed that we weren't at the races." 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.
  8. Notts County have fallen to a 3-0 defeat at Stevenage on Saturday which puts them just five points above the bottom two in League Two. Matty Godden's double sandwiched Jack King's strike as the hosts earned a seventh win in eight games. The result also sees the Magpies' unbeaten run come to an abrupt end after a renaissance of sorts under Kevin Nolan. Notts County's official site has published the video of the highlights from the game at the Lamex Stadium, so you can see for yourself if you haven't already. Share your thoughts about the match and the highlights on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat.
  9. Kevin Nolan has bemoaned the "terrible start" Notts County made in their trip to Stevenage on Saturday, which resulted in a 3-0 defeat. The Magpies were a goal down after just three minutes when Matty Godden pounced from close range to head in Steven Schumacher's centre. Stevenage were nearly pegged back on several occasions but they went on to seal the win with two quickfire second-half goals at the Lamex Stadium. Nolan told the Nottingham Post: "The lads knew what to expect. Stevenage have been on a fantastic run and you can see why. "It was a terrible start. No matter what level you play at, the way you start a game is massively important. It was not good enough. "We didn't deserve to win the game and I think the result is a fair reflection of that. "It is a disappointing day all round but we go again – we cannot get too low when we lose in the same way we did not get too high when we were winning games. "We were unbeaten in five games before today and the lads have been fantastic during that time so now we need to go on another run like that. "We will go through this game again and I have told the players it will be a long day in the video room but once we put it to bed we will focus on Hartlepool, which is a huge game at home for 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.
  10. Notts County have seen their unbeaten run come to an abrupt end as they travelled to Stevenage FC on Saturday and left on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat. It had been exactly a month ago that the Magpies lost in League Two as Accrington Stanley claimed a 2-0 win on their own turf, after which Notts three wins and two draws to ease their relegation fears. However, the gap between Kevin Nolan's side and the bottom two has now been narrowed to just five points as Boro got off to the perfect start at the Lamex Stadium, Steve Schumacher finding Matty Godden lurking inside the box just two minutes in and nodding home from eight yards out. The hosts then doubled their advantage on the hour as Godden flicked on a long ball into the path of captain Jack King, who finished calmly into the bottom corner, and in the 62nd minute, Ben Kennedy played Godden through to kill the game off as a contest. Nolan subbed on Tahvon Campbell and Jonathan Forte in a bid to salvage something from the game and the former forced a brave save from Chris Day with a stinging drive, but ultimately Stevenage held out for a clean sheet and all three points. Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat.
  11. Notts County and Stevenage FC have only ever met 10 times, the first meeting coming on 17 September 2011 at Broadhall Way (known as the Lamex Stadium) - the result on that day was 2-0 to the Magpies. The last meeting, meanwhile, was at the start of this season, with the spoils shared out in a 1-1 draw - the first ever between the two sides - as Ben Kennedy opened the scoring for Stevenage at Meadow Lane nine minutes in and Jon Stead pulled level in the 18th minute. Our head-to-head record is five wins for Notts, four for Stevenage, one draw. Stevenage in their current form have only been in existence since 1976, but there have been numerous incarnations of the club that stretch back over a century. A club called Stevenage FC was formed in 1894, but they soon adopted the name Stevenage Town. In 1951 the club were founder members of the Delphian League. In 1956 they merged with Stevenage Rangers to form Stevenage FC, before reverting to Stevenage Town four years later. They had some success in the Southern League but folded in 1967, after which Stevenage Athletic were created in their place a year later. This incarnation again knocked about in the Southern League but went bankrupt in 1976. This brings us to Stevenage Borough, formed shortly after Athletic's demise, and this time they managed to prosper and work their way up the leagues until finally reaching the Football League in 2010, at which point they took the whole thing full circle by dropping the Borough from their name and becoming Stevenage FC. Despite their relatively short history, Stevenage have won a number of trophies and competitions, including two FA Trophy cups in 2007 and 2009. The Lamex Stadium holds 6,722 people, 3,142 of which can be seated. To put it into perspective, three full houses at Stevenage could fit into the Meadow Lane stands with 45 seats to spare. The highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 8,040 for a match against Newcastle United in the FA Cup fourth round on 25 January 1998. On that day a temporary stand was erected behind the away end to increase the stadium capacity to 8,100, enough to satisfy FA requirements. Two films were set in and around Stevenage: "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" and "Boston Kickout". "Spy Game" was partly filmed in Stevenage but set in Washington DC. A number of famous sporting figures were born in Stevenage, the most notable of which are Lewis Hamilton, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young, Ian Poulter, Kevin Phillips and Jason Shackell. Team news To follow. Share your thoughts about the upcoming League Two fixture between Stevenage and Notts County, as well as your thoughts on this match preview, on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat.
  12. Kevin Nolan has called for Notts County to give another "complete performance" when they visit Stevenage on Saturday. The Magpies claimed an impressive 1-0 win at Plymouth Argyle in midweek to edge further away from the League Two relegation zone. While the gaffer is aware of the threat posed by the weekend's in-form opponents, he is confident of a positive result if Notts replicate Tuesday's display. He told the official site: "Stevenage are on a great run, aren't they? They've won six out of seven so it's going to be a tough one. "We're going to study the DVDs and give the lads the best opportunity to see their strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully we can combat them on Saturday and put in a complete performance like we did on Tuesday. If we do that, we'll give ourselves a fantastic chance of getting three points again. "They're going for the play-off places and we're trying to get ourselves away from the relegation zone as quickly as possible. All the signs are there that it's going to be a great Saturday afternoon. Hopefully it'll be a fantastic game that goes our way." Share your thoughts and opinions on this news story by signing up to the Pride of Nottingham website, visiting the forum and join the chat.
  13. ... tonight, for the first time in the league since November, 2013. Just our luck, eh? Should we be worried about Saturday's game?

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