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  1. What's been happening in League Two over the last week? Here is Pride of Nottingham's round-up of the biggest League Two news from the last seven days. - Accrington Stanley are likely to finish as League Two champions but the champagne currently remains on ice as Newport County ran out 2-1 winners at Rodney Parade on Tuesday night to deprive the Lancastrians of the point needed to seal the title. - Luton Town have also secured promotion to League One, coming from behind on Saturday to claim a point at Carlisle United to send them back into the third tier for the first time in a decade. - At the other end of the table, Chesterfield have been relegated, a second successive drop in divisions after falling from League One last year, and manager Jack Lester paid the price before relegation was mathematically confirmed as he left the Proact Stadium. - At present, four teams will be vying for that all-important third-placed finish in the league - incumbents Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City, Notts County, and Lincoln City. - Sixth-placed Coventry City, meanwhile, are hoping to hold off Mansfield Town, the only team outside the top seven that can still get into the playoffs. - Towards the bottom, Barnet are the likeliest side to go down, five points adrift of safety in 23rd place, but Morecambe and Grimsby Town could yet be pegged back if the Bees win their final two games and either the Shrimpers or the Mariners - whose goal difference is worse than Barnet's - make a mess of their next two games. - Chelsea have been ordered to pay a £2.5m compensation fee to Exeter City following midfielder Ethan Ampadu's move to the club last summer. The two teams were unable to agree a fee when the 17-year old moved to Stamford Bridge in July last summer. - Striker Nathan Tyson has signed a one-year contract extension with Wycombe. The 35-year-old has scored seven goals in 33 games since returning to the club last summer. - Ronnie Henry, Stevenage's record appearance-maker, has signed a new one-year contract with the club. The 34-year-old set the new record when he played his 469th game for Stevenage against Morecambe in January. - Cambridge United winger David Amoo has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with the club until the end of next season. Amoo has made 24 appearances in all competitions this term after arriving from Partick Thistle in May 2017. - Luton manager Nathan Jones has stressed that it would take "something special" for him to leave Kenilworth Road. Jones, who was previously a coach at Brighton before taking over from John Still in January 2016, agreed a new four-year contract at Luton in January this year. Share your thoughts about this news roundup 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. What's been happening in League Two over the last week? Here is Pride of Nottingham's round-up of the biggest League Two news from the last seven days. - Accrington Stanley have been promoted to the third tier of English football for the first time thanks to a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town, Billy Kee scoring a brace for the League One-bound side. - The 2017-18 EFL Team of the Season has named Accrington's John Coleman as manager, while Kee and Wycombe's Adebayo Akinfenwa were included among the XI. - Kee was also named League Two's Player of the Year, while Ben Wilmot of Stevenage is the League Two Apprentice of the Year. - Luton Town quintet Danny Hylton, Luke Berry, Alan Sheehan, Dan Potts and Marek Stech were named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year. Accrington have three players in the side - striker Billy Kee, centre-back Mark Hughes and midfielder Sean McConville - while Coventry's Jack Grimmer, Notts County loanee Jorge Grant and Wycombe's Akinfenwa are also included. - Cheltenham Town defender Will Boyle signed a new deal to keep him with the Gloucestershire club until the summer of 2020. - Hearts announced the signature of Cambridge United striker Uche Ikpeazu on a pre-contract. The 23-year-old has agreed a two-year deal at Tynecastle and will move to Edinburgh on 1 July. - Colchester United winger Courtney Senior signed a new two-year contract with the Essex club. - Newport County reported a loss of more than £350,000 in their latest set of financial accounts, but the board says a profit is expected following their 2017-18 FA Cup exploits. Share your thoughts about this news roundup 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. What's been happening in League Two over the last week? Here is Pride of Nottingham's round-up of the biggest League Two news from the last seven days. - Unseasonal weather played havoc with Easter Monday's fixture list with several football matches, including the League Two games of Chesterfield against Newport County and Morecambe against Cambridge United. - Luton Town midfielder Luke Berry was carried off on a stretcher two minutes into Friday's 2-1 loss away to Colchester United, the Hatters later confirming that the player dislocated his left ankle and fractured his fibula. - The EFL has asked Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt to explain a bonus scheme where he buys the players burgers if they win as the arrangement is not written into the players' contracts, as per the EFL regulations. - Accrington goalkeeper Aaron Chapman went to hospital as a precaution after being involved in a car crash before Monday's win over Notts County. - Accrington striker Billy Kee, Cheltenham forward Mohamed Eisa and Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa will contest the League Two Player of the Season award. - The League Two Team of the Season was also named, featuring the following players: Lee Burge (Coventry), Dan Potts (Luton), Alan Sheehan (Luton), Jordan Willis (Coventry), Jack Stacey (Luton), Michael Bostwick (Lincoln), Sean McConville (Accrington), Luke Berry (Luton), Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe), Danny Hylton (Luton), and Billy Kee (Accrington). - In addition, Accrington boss John Coleman was named League Two Manager of the Year. - The FA released its list of how much money clubs paid in agent fees over the last 12 months - Coventry City were top of League Two (£113,620), Mansfield Town second (£85,940), Chesterfield third (£80,477) and then Notts County on £76,426. Share your thoughts about this news roundup 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 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.
  5. 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 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 glorious 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. Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski recorded his matchday experience in Lancashire and shared his thoughts before, during and after the match. Follow ARLukomski on his YouTube channel by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this vlog 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. Notts County's automatic promotion hopes have been left in tatters after succumbing to a 1-0 loss away at Accrington Stanley. Magpies boss Kevin Nolan made seven changes to his starting XI given the quick turnaround of games, with the last League Two fixture - the home draw with Wycombe Wanderers - taking place three days earlier. Notts began brightly as Carl Dickinson rifled an effort wide and Liam Walker forced a save from goalkeeper Jonny Maxted in the early exchanges. Sean McConville had the hosts' first sighting of goal, his effort deflecting just wide for a corner, and from the ensuing set piece they would take the lead. The visitors twice failed to clear their lines before Seamus Conneely found defender Mark Hughes unmarked at the back post, the ensuing finish buried into the far corner beyond Adam Collin. Notts continued to boast a lot of possession despite the early setback and, on 21 minutes, Jonathan Forte rattled the bar with a bullet header from close range. Stanley, however, were the more dangerous side, with Collin keeping out efforts from Kayden Jackson and Billy Kee. The second half brought about little change at first as a Conneely effort was fumbled by Collin with Jackson unable to convert the follow-up, while Jordan Clark fired wide in a good position. Matty Virtue should have levelled for County on the hour as Rob Milsom's delivery found him unmarked six yards out but the Liverpool loanee somehow his header wide. Jackson came close to doubling Stanley's tally but was denied by Collin while Jorge Grant fired wide for County in a decent position with 10 minutes to go. Nevertheless, John Coleman's side succeeded in extending their winning record come the final whistle, while for Notts, the focus now surely changes to remaining in the playoffs. Share your thoughts about the game 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 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.
  8. Head to head Notts County have played the current incarnation of Accrington Stanley just 16 times in their history, with the record standing at 6 Notts wins, 5 defeats, and 5 draws. The first fixtures against the "new Stanley" were in August and December 1958, when both sides played in Division Three. The Magpies drew 1-1 in the first match, before losing 3-0 in the second. A hiatus of 48 years followed before the teams met again in the fourth tier, now League Two, on 9 September 2006. The result was a 3-2 win to Notts. Our recent record against Stanley is poor - 4 defeats and 3 draws in the last 7, and no win over them in the league since 2010. Stats Stanley have won each of their last eight home league games, the longest run in League Two this season. John Coleman's have also won their last five league games outright to extend their run in the league to one defeat in their past 15 outings. History The original town's team, Accrington, were amongst the twelve founder members of the Football League in 1888, before resigning from the league after just five years. A team called Stanley Villa already existed at the time, named as such because they were based at the Stanley Arms on Stanley Street in Accrington. With the demise of Accrington, Stanley Villa took the town name to become Accrington Stanley. The club re-formed after World War I and entered the League in 1921 with the formation of the old Third Division North, along with the other top northern non-League clubs. This original incarnation was dissolved in 1966, before re-emerging two years later. In 2005–06, Stanley won the Football Conference and were promoted to League Two. Ironically, Oxford United, the team they switched places with, was the team that had been elected to replace the former Accrington Stanley as members of the Football League in 1962 when they were struggling with debt. Accrington Stanley is perhaps most well known for being mentioned pejoratively by two young boys talking about their professional football prospects in a late 1980s advert by the Milk Marketing Board. Famous people from Accrington include Vicky Entwhistle and Julie Hesmondhalgh from Coronation Street, Yes singer Jon Anderson, cricketer Mike Atherton, Diana Vickers from The X Factor, and Mystic Meg. Team news The League Two leaders will check on Janoi Donacien ahead of the game against Notts, as he was struggling with illness. Ben Richards-Everton came in for the first change to Accrington's starting XI in five games and contributed to a fifth straight win. Notts boss Kevin Nolan made two changes to the side on Friday - Lewis Alessandra and Dan Jones replacing Carl Dickinson and Jorge Grant - and promised further alterations on Easter Monday. Dickinson and Grant are pushing for immediate returns, while Jonathan Forte and Michael O'Connor are also in line to feature. Share your thoughts about this preview 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 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.
  10. Alan Hardy is looking forward to this Easter's crucial League Two fixtures as Notts County take on two direct promotion rivals and is hoping for a response from the Magpies. First up are Wycombe Wanderers - third in the table - at Meadow Lane on Good Friday, followed by second-placed Accrington Stanley away on Easter Monday. Hardy admits to being nervous and also excited with regards to the ramifications that these two games will have on County's situation as the season reaches its final stages. "Come Monday at 5pm, we will have a much clearer picture of where we stand in respect of automatic promotion," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. "We will either have a considerable gap to close in the last five games or we will be on the coattails of Wycombe and Accrington, who we face in the coming days. "Personally, I believe Luton and Accrington already have a foot in League One – but there is still one position very much up for grabs. "If we can beat Wycombe we will be just one point behind them in the race for that coveted third place so it just underlines what a big game it is at Meadow Lane. "I am experiencing a wide range of emotions, from nervousness to excitement, and I do harbour the feeling that it’s going to be an extraordinary and special afternoon. "We are expecting a big crowd and an atmosphere which will reflect what’s at stake come 3pm. "After losing to Chesterfield last Sunday, we are looking for a response to what was a disappointing afternoon at the Proact Stadium. "This team has proven on more than one occasion that when they have encountered a setback, they generally respond in the right manner. "With the season reaching its climax, we are going to need all those traits again if we are to get ourselves over the line and celebrate what would be a remarkable achievement. "As I have said previously, being in this position was never on the agenda when we set out in the summer. But let’s enjoy the ride and the potential riches it may bring." 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. Name: Notts County v Accrington Stanley Category: Match Highlights Date Added: 2017-08-31 Submitter: Chris Notts County v Accrington Notts County v Accrington Stanley Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
  12. Notts County have relinquished a two-goal lead for the second successive game as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Accrington Stanley in Friday night's League Two encounter at Meadow Lane. In a largely uneventful first half, the Magpies were given the chance to break the deadlock just after the half-hour mark when Stanley captain Seamus Conneely hauled Jon Stead down in the area for a penalty. The veteran striker opted to take the penalty himself and duly slotted it underneath goalkeeper Aaron Chapman to give the hosts the lead. Things livened up after the break as Notts doubled their advantage in the 54th minute, courtesy of a great team move which saw Shola Ameobi release Terry Hawkridge, who bolted down the wing and crossed for Jorge Grant to control and curl home. Stanley did not take long to get back to within a goal, however, as Mark Hughes chipped the ball over Adam Collin from a tight angle on 58 minutes. More drama was to follow as Mekhi McLeod, a substitute who had only been on the pitch for seven minutes, was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Yates, which he did not appear to take too well. Despite their numerical disadvantage, they withstood an onslaught of Notts chances before the numbers were evened out again through Matt Tootle's second yellow card. And five minutes into added time, the Notts capitulation was complete when substitute Mallik Wilks, making his debut after joining on loan from Leeds, collected the ball at the back post before arrowing an effort beyond Collin. Share your thoughts about this match report 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 bemoaned Notts County's inability to see out their game with Accrington Stanley, insisting the players "did the wrong things at the wrong times". For the second successive game, the Magpies took a two-goal lead, only to relinquish it, and there was to be no late rally as the match finished 2-2. Jon Stead's successful spot kick and Jorge Grant's strike were cancelled out through Mark Hughes's goal midway through the second half and loanee Mallik Wilks's injury-time strike. Nolan did not just reserve criticism for his players, however, also having words to say about the match officials in Friday's league Two game at Meadow Lane. “We should have seen it out. We got in a fantastic position,” he told the Nottingham Post. The lads looked nervous but good pressure got the penalty. At 2-0 up and then against 10 men you think ‘right take the sting out of it’. “We went away from the right things. We’re disappointed because when we look back it’ll be a great point, but you need to see the game out and not give the ref an excuse to even it out. “We didn’t play to Jonathan Forte’s strengths when he came on. We did the wrong things at the wrong times. “I’ve got to say I don’t want to keep talking about referees. It seems at the minute they need help. The lads are professional athletes. We need more full time refs and linesmen.” 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 claimed that Notts County's 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley at the weekend feels more like a defeat, and that his players have got to cut out relinquishing healthy leads in games "right away". For the second week in a row, the Magpies went two goals ahead, only to see their opponents strike back to level the game, and unlike at Wycombe Wanderers, there was to be no late rally. “Ruthlessness comes from results. We’ve got this four game unbeaten run now,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “The longer you extend it the more you go into games feeling you won’t get beat. When we’re 2-0 up and letting teams back in, we’ve got to cut that out right away. “We can’t give the players anything on the training field that gives them that ruthlessness. We help as much as we can, but players have to take ownership for the state of the game. “We can’t give goals away like we did in this game. They’re a good side Accrington. They keep going and they don’t let you have a minute. “The lads knew all this. I told them what to expect. We’ve gone 2-0 up but you can’t take anything away from Accrington. “They’re a good team. We’ve played well. We were deservedly 2-0 up and it should have been three or four, but if you don’t put them to bed that’s what happens. “We did the same to Exeter last season when we were down to 10 men. It does happen and we’ve got to take it on the chin. “The positive is that we’re four games unbeaten. It could have been three wins on the spin. “We’ve had a real tough start in the sense of who we’ve had to play. I think we’ve handled it really well, but it’s disappointing to be in control of the game and not go on to win. It feels like a loss right now." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  15. A topsy-turvy August on the pitch for Notts County has ended on a somewhat sour note as the Magpies were held to a 2-2 draw by Accrington Stanley on Friday night. In the first League Two fixture of the bank holiday weekend, rescheduled due to a clash with the neighbours over the Trent, the Magpies edged into a 1-0 half time lead at Meadow Lane lead thanks to Jon Stead's penalty. Things got even better for Kevin Nolan's charges as they doubled their lead in the 54th minute through Jorge Grant, but for the second consecutive game, this was to be wasted. First, Mark Hughes looped home a volley, then in injury time, after a player from each side had been sent off, Mallik Wilks struck the equaliser. Notts were unable to conjure up another fightback like at Wycombe Wanderers, and in fact were lucky not to concede a killer third in the dying stages of the game. Pride of Nottingham was at the Lane for the game, and interviewed a number of home fans prior to kickoff, asking them about the Notts team spirit, their favourite goal so far this season, and more. Share your thoughts about this week's Meet The Fans video 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. So John Coleman, the Accrington Stanley manager, has had a right old moan about Notts County, describing the changing rooms as "a corridor", the penalty awarded to the Magpies as "soft", not awarding the visitors "two stonewall penalties" of their own... he's not a happy man!
  17. Kevin Nolan has claimed that Notts County might have suffered from a "bit of anxiety" over the last two games, but suggests that a complete performance is on the cards sooner rather than later. The Magpies frittered a two-goal lead against Accrington Stanley on Friday for a 2-2 draw, a week after they did the same at Wycombe Wanderers, though they then rallied round for a 4-2 win. Nolan believes that the positive end to the 2016/17 League Two season may have played a part in this anxiety, but is eager for the players to look on the positive side and build on from there. He told the Nottingham Post: “Friday felt like a loss and everyone is down, but they’ll realise it’s been a good start with seven points out of 12. “We’re playing good stuff at times. It took us too long to get into our stride, but when we showed that quality it had an effect on Accrington. “It just feels like they’re playing with a bit of anxiety. That comes from what they’ve done. “There’s now an expectancy that they have to go out and win games at home because of what they’ve done at the end of last season. “No one will gift us anything. We are working hard, but it’s something we’ve got to get better at. We can't gift goals. “We are getting there. The complete performance can’t come soon enough. I thought we were going to get it (on Friday), but we’ve given two points away.” 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 hinted towards Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi remaining the first-choice strike partnership at Notts County, claiming that Jonathan Forte was not unlucky to have been named on the bench for the 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley. Forte had scored in his previous two appearances before Friday’s League Two fixture at Meadow Lane, but was nonetheless not picked in the starting XI as the Magpies shared the spoils with Stanley. “I don’t think he (Forte) was unlucky. I explained the reasoning to him on Thursday why he didn’t start and he took it on the chin,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We played so well in the first half at Wycombe. We’ve got three good strikers in good form. “I just feel that we beat Chesterfield and won at Wycombe. I don’t feel we needed to change. The two lads have done a fantastic job upfront. It’s my decision. That’s it. “Sometimes you can get carried away when lads have played well. Forte scored a great goal against Everton Under-21s and scored at Wycombe. “It could have happened again for him off the bench against Accrington, but we didn’t produce for him. We didn’t give him the ammunition. “I’m delighted with all three of them. They did the right things at the right time but we didn’t feed them properly. “Steady is off the mark which is great for us. Shola is yet to get off the mark, but their keeper has made some fantastic saves. That said, it’s not good enough us saying their keeper has played really well.” 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. I found this fascinating, I already knew a fair bit but this documentary goes quite in-depth. Many fans seem to forget that Accrington Stanley was one of the first clubs to play football, yet this highlights their struggles and ambition to grow further. Well worth the watch.
  20. A rollercoaster August on the pitch for Notts County has ended on a somewhat sour note as the Magpies were held to a 2-2 draw by Accrington Stanley. In Friday night's League Two fixture at Meadow Lane, rescheduled due to a fixture clash with the neighbours over the Trent, the Magpies edged into a 1-0 half time lead thanks to Jon Stead's penalty. Things got even better for Kevin Nolan's charges as they doubled their lead in the 54th minute through Jorge Grant, but for the second consecutive game, this was to be wasted. First, Mark Hughes looped home a volley, then in injury time, after a player from each side had been sent off, Mallik Wilks struck the equaliser. Here is Pride of Nottingham's review and analysis of the match. Was the result fair? It’s harder this week, as on one hand Notts didn’t deserve to lose their 2-0 goal lead but on the other we didn’t finish our chances which ultimately lead to Accrington coming back into it. Putting aside tactics, changes, and the woeful decisions by the officials, I actually feel the final score doesn’t reflect well on the game at all. How did Notts play? First half we passed the ball around well, defended efficiently but that same old problem of rushing when in the final third appeared. Until the Jon Stead penalty, I honestly couldn’t see Notts scoring and that decision lifted the confidence of the players. My gripes against Accrington is that we simply weren’t fluid enough when it came to truly finishing the game off – yet several players did perform well and as a team we did okay. How did Accrington Stanley play? They passed the ball well, made good movements and actually looked sharper when they focused on playing football (not pulling shirts or diving) – yet they didn’t defend very well and heavily relied upon their goalkeeper. When it came to scoring opportunities they didn’t really threaten as much as I felt they should have, I’d describe them as the typical ‘League Two’ team. Did our tactics work out? In a way, yes, the tactics set out by Kevin Nolan worked. It allowed Notts to play with a level of confidence but there were visible signs that needed adjusting at half time – whilst the substitutions actually balanced the game in Accrington Stanley’s favour. Reverting to one up front in the second half really had a negative impact on the game. How did the referee perform? Possibly one of the worst referees I will see this season, he gave fouls for literally nothing – most of the time he seemed to favour Accrington. Whilst they as an opposition side focused on shirt pulling, physically restraining players and pushing – very few of these decisions were noticed. I feel the penalty decision was quite soft, and a call which he felt probably would balance up his poor decisions – yet he was card/whistle happy and I just wanted to see him assert his authority a lot more without being daft. Who do we play next? Port Vale – a team which will give us more of a football match, and Notts will need to show their determination towards achieving a respectable league finish by ensuring we leave with a good result. How should we play them? It’s obvious to suggest, yet I have been calling for it for a while now – start Jonathan Forte in place of Jon Stead. Also, bring back Lewis Alessandra, allow Jorge Grant to play a more direct role just behind the forwards when in procession and allow someone like Rob Milsom to be the forward thinker in midfield. Without completely changing the balance, there’s not a lot Kevin Nolan can do but I feel this would give us favour over Vale and how they may possible set themselves up. Defensively we need to be accountable, only commit when there’s a good chance of winning the ball – so Richard Duffy go back and access your defending against Coventry City and Stanley. Stanley fans view (courtesy of Accringtonweb): Phil Whalley: Terrific spirit from the Stanley boys, Wilkes a superb finish after a Sykes nod on for an unlikely point. Once it went 10 vs 10 we were all over them. Chappers MOM by a country mile, let's get behind this lad, he needs to keep building his confidence. McLeod terribly unlucky to be sent off, he was rightly fuming. A really good point against one of the better Notts teams of recent years. Alvin the Chipmunk: Best goalkeeping performance by any Accy stopper in many a year. Not a vintage performance but sheer bloody mindedness salvaged a point. Lord Stiffupperlip: Another stonewall penalty denied, which could have won us the game. But how & why were they given theirs? Must be the softest penalty award ever! Monkey Hanger: Still a penalty as one of our lads charged into the back of one of theirs in the box. Soft maybe but did Kayden go down too easy with the push. Penalty for me anyway as contact was there. just going off the highlights which was not the ref's view. Share your thoughts about this match analysis 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. A topsy-turvy August on the pitch for Notts County has ended on a somewhat sour note as the Magpies were held to a 2-2 draw by Accrington Stanley on Friday night. In the first League Two fixture of the weekend, rescheduled due to a clash with the neighbours over the Trent, the Magpies edged into a 1-0 half time at Meadow Lane lead thanks to Jon Stead's penalty. Things got even better for Kevin Nolan's charges as they doubled their lead in the 54th minute through Jorge Grant, but for the second consecutive game, this was to be wasted. First, Mark Hughes looped home a volley, then in injury time, after a player from each side had been sent off, Mallik Wilks struck the equaliser. Pride of Nottingham was at the Lane for the game, and as always, we spoke with fans and took pictures of them. See if you've made it in this week's Faces of PON! Share your thoughts about this week's Faces of PON 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. League Two matchday 1: Coventry City 3-0 Notts County Notts County's season began on the worst possible note, falling to a heavy 3-0 defeat at Coventry City in the opening game of the campaign. The Magpies had their moments but weaknesses at the back saw the Sky Blues take full advantage, with young prodigy Jodi Jones bagging himself a hat-trick. EFL Cup first round: Scunthorpe United 3-3 Notts County (6-5 on penalties) A much-changed Notts County side put in a much improved performance against League One side Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. Jorge Grant gave the visitors the lead, but Paddy Madden and Duane Holmes edged the Iron ahead - only for Shaun Brisley to make it 2-2 at the death. Onto extra time and Madden struck once again, but Ryan Yates forced the tie to penalties, where the hosts finally prevailed. League Two matchday 2: Notts County 2-0 Chesterfield An early-season local derby to set the pulse racing, Chesterfield did not exactly come to Notts County with the intention of playing them off the park - it turned out to be more a case of kicking and barging, with Gozie Ugwu very lucky not to be sent off, though Scott Wiseman had a worse fate, getting his marching orders close to half time. Kevin Nolan's side emerged triumphant through the prodigal loanee Jorge Grant's second and third goals of the season in all competitions. EFL Trophy Northern Group G: Notts County 2-1 Everton Under-21s A much-maligned competition in a game where Notts County were lined up against one of the teams whose admission to the tournament has been the cause of such discord, the Magpies nonetheless gave the fans who went to the game a good performance and a win. Jonathan Forte opened his account for the season before Haydn Hollis claimed a poacher's goal, and Anton Donkor's impressive strike off the post proved to be just a consolation. League Two matchday 3: Wycombe Wanderers 2-4 Notts County Another difficult proposition in the league, Notts gave a bipolar performance in which they raced into a two-goal lead, relinquished it, and struck two late goals for a flattering scoreline. Richard Duffy opened the scoring before a defensive calamity led to an own goal for the visitors, only for Nick Freeman and Joe Jacobson to draw Wycombe level. However, Jonathan Forte claimed the plaudits with a third Notts Magpies goal, before setting up Lewis Alessandra for the killer fourth. League Two matchday 4: Notts County 2-2 Accrington Stanley For the second successive game, Notts took a two-goal lead, only to capitulate and relinquish it, but there was to be no last-ditch blaze of glory as there was at Wycombe Wanderers on Friday night against Accrington Stanley, who cancelled out Jon Stead's successful spot kick and Jorge Grant's strike via Mark Hughes's goal midway through the second half and loanee Mallik Wilks's injury-time strike. Aaron Chapman, the Stanley goalkeeper, kept his team in it with a succession of fine saves. Share your thoughts about this season recap 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.
  23. Notts County's August match action has come to an end, with their last fixture of the month seeing them held to a 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane on Friday night. Whilst two wins, a defeat and a draw would seem like a fair enough tally from the first month of the League Two season, there is a sense of wasted opportunity from this fixture given the opposition successfully clawed back a two-goal deficit. Jon Stead's successful spot kick midway through the first half and Jorge Grant's early second half strike were cancelled out through Mark Hughes's goal and loanee Mallik Wilks's equaliser five minutes into injury time. Other notable occurrences in the game were Stanley goalkeeper Aaron Chapman's heroics in between the sticks, red cards for Notts man Matt Tootle and opposition sub Mekhi McLeod, and a performance from referee Carl Boyeson which has come under scrutiny from both sets of fans. Here are the highlights from Notts County's official YouTube channel - see all four goals again and relive all the drama from the game. Share your thoughts about the game 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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