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  1. Notts County have suffered another huge blow in their automatic promotion hopes as Cambridge United ran out 1-0 winners in their League Two clash at the Abbey Stadium. Medy Elito scored the winner for the hosts in the 30th minute to continue their good form since the departure of manager Shaun Derry with a third win in a row, while for Notts it's a fourth league defeat in 2018. What was the reaction to the match from Kevin Nolan and from the Black and White Army? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan "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. "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." The Black & White Army (PON forum and social media) Northants Pie: I think we should just settle for the mid table finish that we are hurtling towards. Dissapointing given our start to the season but we were found out around the end of November and have only managed to get worse since. This squad nearly got relegated for a reason, we need another relatively large scale squad change in the summer to ensure we get a more dynamic defense and a more dynamic front line. Chris: It's disappointing because you can see that they don't have the fight anymore, fans are telling the passion is gone and I'm seeing a lot of comments which fall inside with this feeling. I don't care where we finish, provided we fight. Nile Ranger would ruin us and all our progress, but we need someone up top.It's hard, but we lost one nil to a team that by the stats played much better. Oh well. Alex West: Nolan needs to seriously look at himself in the mirror. Disgusting performance not even one shot on target. Well finish bottom half at this rate not alone the play offs. Seriously bottling it Stephen Jeffery: Bubble has well and truly burst, nice while it lasted but league 2 football is best we can offer, dream on Alan if you think championship Martin Smith: What do you think Nolan will say. The lads weren't up for it tonight thought we played better second half etc. Ffs 4 4 2 Nolan us fans do know a bit about football. I know we've come a long way and building for the future but come on do our players know what a goal looks like after tonight's stats. Saying all this I will be there in Saturday hoping for a better performance and a goal or two. Coyps Martyn Malone: PISSED OFF BIG TIME This is what happens when you don't get players in the transfer window not just that something is not right players don't just stop playing like Notts have over the last 7 weeks if it's not sorted asap mid table then no playoffs for HARDY like he wants Adrian Wheatley: Grant poor again think he needs a rest for a bit playing like hes not interested at the end of the day he will hi tail over the river at the end of the season. Play our players who have it all to play for Mike Adams: 4 shots on target and no goals in the last 3 away league games-players arguing with players, players arguing with manager and players arguing with fans-talk to someone who was at Barnet or Cambridge if you want to know what’s happening at this club Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction compilation 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 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.
  3. Notts County's promotion hopes have taken another blow as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cambridge United in Tuesday night's League Two encounter at the Abbey Stadium. The Magpies were comprehensively outplayed in the first half by a side that had won two on the bounce under caretaker manager Joe Dunne, having dispended with ex-Notts boss Shaun Derry's services two weeks ago. Cambridge were bright from the off and went close in the opening stages of the game as Liam O’Neil’s 20-yard effort sailed wide before Uche Ikpeazu’s low attempt was just the wrong side of the near post. The closest that Notts came to a goal in the first period came when Liam Noble’s attempted lob on 26 minutes went over the U's crossbar. Dunne's charges went on to take the lead on the half-hour mark when Jevani Brown's shot took a deflection and ran through to Medy Elito, who took a touch past goalkeeper Adam Collin before firing home. Billy Waters' shot from the edge of the box was then parried wide by Collin, before Brad Halliday surged forward on the right and forced the Notts custodian into a save with his feet. Moments before half-time Elito struck an ambitious effort from distance which went only narrowly wide, the whistle effectively putting the visitors out of their misery for 15 minutes. The restart saw more of the same as O'Neil headed over following Uche Ikpeazu's cross from the byline, but Notts began asserting themselves a little more in search of an equaliser. That would never come, however, as Cambridge continued to boss the action in search of a second goal, which looked likelier to come for then than it would have for Kevin Nolan's side. Eventually the final whistle blew on a narrow but overall comfortable win for the hosts, who claim their third win on the trot. Notts, meanwhilw, are forced to once again lick their wounds and go back to the drawing board as their hopes of promotion continue to slip from their fingers. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Head to head & stats Notts County and Cambridge United have met 28 times in their history. The first meeting came on Boxing Day 1970 at Meadow Lane, with the Magpies earning a 4-1 win. Notts hold the advantage in the head to head, with 11 wins, 8 draws and 9 defeats against the U’s. Recent form is not good, however - we've lost four and drawn two of our last six meetings against Cambridge. The Magpies have won just once in their last eight league visits to Cambridge, losing three and drawing four. Uche Ikpeazu has both scored and assisted two goals in his three League Two appearances against Notts County for Cambridge. The Magpies have won just one of their last 11 away league games, last triumphing on the road with a 4-1 win at Morecambe. History The club was founded in 1912 as Abbey United before taking the name Cambridge United in 1951. It first competed in the Football League in 1970 and stayed there until relegation in 2005, nine seasons in the Conference following until climbing back out of non-league. Cambridge have had two spells in the league's second tier, and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup twice and Football League Cup once during the early 1990s, the club's most successful era to date. United's highest ever finishing place in the Football League is fifth in the Second Division during the 1991–92 season, competing in a season-ending four team playoff for the final promotion slot to the Premier League's inaugural season. The club is based at the Abbey Stadium on Newmarket Road, approximately 1.86 miles east of Cambridge city centre. The stadium has a capacity of 8,127, made up of terracing and seated areas. During their days in Division Two, with John Beck at the helm in the 1980's, the club earned a reputation for bizarre training methods and "dirty tricks" to make their opponents feel ill at ease. These included freezing cold showers for his own players, dirty changing rooms and deflated kick-about balls for the opposition and long grass in the corners of the pitch to slow the long balls into those areas, allowing the U’s forwards to reach them. Beck carried on his dirty tricks even after leaving to take charge of Preston North End – taking nine of the Cambridge United players with him. He was not the only famous manager at the club, with Ron Atkinson taking the club from Fourth to Second division and Ex-England and Derby County centre-half Roy McFarland also sitting in the hot seat. Before their entry into the League, a local animal sanctuary had an escapee and it was found grazing on the pitch at the Abbey Stadium. This lead to the moose connection with the club, and in the club shop you can buy a range of moose souvenirs to show your allegiance to the U’s. Famous alumni include Dion Dublin and Luke Chadwick, while famous fans include football commentator Gary Newbon and Tom Findlay of Groove Armada. Former Notts manager Shaun Derry was at the helm of the U’s until just 10 days ago, when he was dismissed by the club. Team news Cambridge will be without striker Barry Corr and midfielder George Maris, as the former was injured in the win over Grimsby Town, while the latter will miss out due to head injury protocol. Interim boss Joe Dunne was however boosted with the news that Jabo Ibehre, Leon Legge and Piero Mingoia all resume full training on Monday. For Notts, Shaun Brisley has returned to training following a bout of illness but faces a battle to dislodge 21-year-old Brighton loanee Ben Hall, who has impressed in his absence. Midfielder Michael O'Connor has joined in training again as he continues his recovery from the serious knee injury he suffered last April. On-loan forward Mason Bennett has undergone a hamstring operation that means he will play no further part this season. Share your thoughts about this Stat Attack piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  6. Kevin Nolan has revealed that Shola Ameobi and Jonathan Forte face fitness tests after picking up knocks in Notts County's 3-3 draw with Cambridge United on Saturday. Ameobi signalled to the bench to come off in the second half of the game, but had to remain on the pitch as the Magpies had already made all three substitutions. Forte, meanwhile, took a blow to the hip after coming on as a sub and was visibly struggling to stay on his feet after scoring the injury-time equaliser which completed the remarkable comeback. “Shola is going to be a worry with all the games coming up,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post ahead of the Boxing Day visit of Morecambe. “Hopefully it’s only a tight hamstring, but we will assess him over the next 48 hours. “Forte took a really bad knock when he came on so for most of the game we had nine men. “But it was a testament to what they showed all year round that they kept going.” 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 remain firmly in the automatic promotion places of League Two after clawing themselves back from a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 with Cambridge United. Uche Ikpeazu and Jevani Brown's brace appeared to have given Shaun Derry's side an unassailable advantage heading into the latter stages of Saturday's game at Meadow Lane. However, goals from Lewis Alessandra, Shaun Brisley and Jonathan Forte rescued a point against all odds and ensured that the Magpies would remain unbeaten at home this season, as well as having lost just once at the Lane this calendar year. How did the gaffer, the players and the fans react to the result? Pride of Nottingham has compiled some of the post-match quotes. Kevin Nolan "We're delighted to get a draw in the end but I don't think we deserved to be 3-0 down at any point in the match. They took their three goals really well and I can't criticise my goalkeeper or defenders for what happened. "We did a lot of things we worked on on the training ground - not rushing things, not throwing aimless balls into the box, putting quality balls in - and put Cambridge under enough pressure to eventually crack and get our just rewards. "I am so proud of my lads because none of them stood there with their hands on hips, giving up. They stuck together. "You talk about team spirit, unity and camaraderie but I don't think I need to speak about it any more because the players have shown exactly what they have got in abundance. "It shows everyone around the city and the Notts County supporters what they deserve. They have a team who will fight tooth and nail until the end to do everything they can for the shirt." Jonathan Forte "It didn't weigh on our minds - we want to go out there and perform as best we can. "Teams are going to come here, a big stadium, against a team at the top of the league and sit back. They will want to beat us because we are up at the top of the table but we have to take it in our stride and get on with it. "This afternoon Cambridge got us on the counter-attack and punished us. We didn't think it was a lost cause but it's a long way back from that point. "I'm happy we got a point from 3-0 down. We've done it for the past three or four months, getting last-minute equalisers and winners. The team spirit is brilliant, probably one of the best I've been involved in. We just need to keep going." Players on social media The Black and White Army Who r ya?? YOU PIES: Now that's what you call determination , don't know when they are beaten this team , well done for recovering from 3 down, didn't see them getting 3 before the game with the away record they have , then couldn't at 3 down see a 3-3 , isn't football just amazing at times , home form still intact , COYP Jay Dalton: but why o why does forte not start great come back but tough to watch striker deffo needed Dane Arnold: I'd go in for ikpeazu in the window think he'd be a great addition to our squad Richard Thompson: goingup. Double that ? 88. Doncaster went up 3rd with 85 last season...and they finished 8 ahead of 4th. When Pompey won at ours to get promoted they were on 78 points that day. #inthebagnotts Share your thoughts about this reaction piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  8. Notts County clawed their way back from three goals down to seize a 3-3 draw against Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon. Uche Ikpeazu and Jevani Brown's brace appeared to have given Shaun Derry's side an unassailable advantage heading into the latter stages of Saturday's League Two encounter. However, goals from Lewis Alessandra, Shaun Brisley and Jonathan Forte rescued a point against all odds and ensured that the Magpies would remain unbeaten at home this season, as well as having lost just once at the Lane this calendar year. Here are the official YouTube highlights for you if you fancy seeing the key moments of the game again. Share your thoughts about this 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.
  9. Notts County's unbeaten home record this season was maintained in dramatic fashion on Saturday by overturning a three-goal deficit to claim a 3-3 draw with Cambridge United. Uche Ikpeazu and Jevani Brown's brace appeared to have given Shaun Derry's side an unassailable advantage heading into the latter stages of Saturday's League Two encounter. However, goals from Lewis Alessandra, Shaun Brisley and Jonathan Forte rescued a point against all odds. This ensured that the Magpies would remain unbeaten at home this season, as well as having lost just once at the Lane this calendar year, and kept them firmly in the automatic promotion slots. Notts vlogger and Pride of Nottingham contributor ARLukomski discussed the fixture ahead of kickoff, gave his thoughts as the game went on, and talked about the performance and result after the final whistle. 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.
  10. Kevin Nolan has hailed Notts County's team spirit after the team came from three goals down to draw 3-3 against Cambridge United at Meadow Lane. Uche Ikpeazu and Jevani Brown's brace appeared to have given Shaun Derry's side an unassailable advantage heading into the latter stages of Saturday's League Two encounter. However, goals from Lewis Alessandra, Shaun Brisley and Jonathan Forte rescued a point against all odds and ensured that the Magpies would remain unbeaten at home this season, as well as having lost just once at the Lane this calendar year. "We're delighted to get a draw in the end but I don't think we deserved to be 3-0 down at any point in the match," Nolan told the official Notts site. "They took their three goals really well and I can't criticise my goalkeeper or defenders for what happened. "We did a lot of things we worked on on the training ground - not rushing things, not throwing aimless balls into the box, putting quality balls in - and put Cambridge under enough pressure to eventually crack and get our just rewards. "I am so proud of my lads because none of them stood there with their hands on hips, giving up. They stuck together. "You talk about team spirit, unity and camaraderie but I don't think I need to speak about it any more because the players have shown exactly what they have got in abundance. "It shows everyone around the city and the Notts County supporters what they deserve. They have a team who will fight tooth and nail until the end to do everything they can for the shirt. "The fans were terrific, even at 3-0 down because they could have turned easily but they didn't. They understand we are still not out of a game no matter what. "I'm disappointed we couldn't get a win in our final home game of the year but I can't put into words what we have achieved over the year." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  11. Notts County have fought back from three goals down to claim a 3-3 draw with Cambridge United in Saturday's League Two clash at Meadow Lane. The visitors, managed by former Magpies manager Shaun Derry, had gone into the game without an away goal in 700 minutes of football. However, following a first half in which both sides traded chances - and both managers traded words on the touchline - the U's took the lead five minutes before the break. Ade Azeez linked well with his strike partner Uche Ikpeazu, who cut on to his left foot and curled the ball into the top corner of the net beyond Ross Fitzsimons. Just four minutes into the second half, Jevani Brown doubled his side's lead, much to the chagrin of the home crowd, when County failed to clear a corner and he rifled home via the inside of the post. And the Notts fans could have been forgiven for declaring it game over when, 68 minutes in, Brown got his second of the game, receiving the ball from Ikpeazu and finding the top corner from 12 yards. When Lewis Alessandra headed home Dan Jones's cross in the 74th minute, many would have deemed it a consolation and little more. However, things got even better when, with two minutes of normal time remaining, Shaun Brisley's heavily deflected effort sent the ball looping up over David Forde and into the net. And deep into injury time came the moment of delirium when Jonathan Forte fired an overhead kick beyond Forde to salvage a point against all odds for Kevin Nolan's side. 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.
  12. Shaun Derry has spoken fondly of the "class" relationship he had with the Notts County fanbase and is looking forward to returning to Meadow Lane. The 40-year-old began not only his playing career at Notts, but his managerial career too, taking the reins in 2013. Derry masterminded the Great Escape, helping the club stay up in League One in 2014, but was dismissed in March 2015 as the Magpies could not repeat the feat the following season. Now managing Cambridge United, who visit Meadow Lane today, Derry reminisced about his time at Notts and expressed his eagerness to be back in front of the "terrific" fans. “I was immensely proud of what we achieved in keeping the club up,” he told the Nottingham Post. “Everybody had written us off but everybody pulled together and we managed it against all the odds. “We then carried that momentum into the next season, when despite it being quite precarious behind the scenes, we got into the top four. “But myself and Greg knew that we were hitting crazy heights and the expectation to keep that going just wasn’t realistic. “Then in the January window, we lost four quality loan players and they just weren’t replaced in terms of like for like. “But, even then, at no point was the club in danger of being relegated and that happened after I left. “Still, it was a massive learning experience for me and the relationship I have with the fans there was a different class. “When I’ve been back they’ve always afforded me a terrific ovation and I am looking forward to seeing them again. “There are lots of Notts fans among my family and friends and they will be at the game on 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.
  13. Head to head Notts County and Cambridge United have met 27 times in their history. The first meeting came on Boxing Day 1970 at Meadow Lane, with the Magpies earning a 4-1 win. Notts hold the advantage in the head to head, with 11 wins, 7 draws and 9 defeats against the U’s. Recent form is not good, however - we've lost our last four meetings against Cambridge. The last meeting was on 2 January this year at the Abbey Stadium, and we lost 4-0. Notts County are on a run of five League Two matches without a victory against Cambridge (D1 L4) having previously won three on the bounce in all competitions. Cambridge have won back-to-back away Football League matches against Cambridge for just the second time; they have never done so on three consecutive trips. 43 points from 22 games is Notts County's best return in a league season since 1987/88 (3rd tier) and nearly twice the tally of points they had won at this stage last season (22). Cambridge have scored just seven goals in their last 12 League Two matches, failing to score in seven of these games. History The club was founded in 1912 as Abbey United before taking the name Cambridge United in 1951. It first competed in the Football League in 1970 and stayed there until relegation in 2005, nine seasons in the Conference following until climbing back out of non-league. Cambridge have had two spells in the league's second tier, and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup twice and Football League Cup once during the early 1990s, the club's most successful era to date. United's highest ever finishing place in the Football League is fifth in the Second Division during the 1991–92 season, competing in a season-ending four team playoff for the final promotion slot to the Premier League's inaugural season. The club is based at the Abbey Stadium on Newmarket Road, approximately 1.86 miles east of Cambridge city centre. The stadium has a capacity of 8,127, made up of terracing and seated areas. During their days in Division Two, with John Beck at the helm in the 1980's, the club earned a reputation for bizarre training methods and "dirty tricks" to make their opponents feel ill at ease. These included freezing cold showers for his own players, dirty changing rooms and deflated kick-about balls for the opposition and long grass in the corners of the pitch to slow the long balls into those areas, allowing the U’s forwards to reach them. Beck carried on his dirty tricks even after leaving to take charge of Preston North End – taking nine of the Cambridge United players with him. He was not the only famous manager at the club, with Ron Atkinson taking the club from Fourth to Second division and Ex-England and Derby County centre-half Roy McFarland also sitting in the hot seat. Before their entry into the League, a local animal sanctuary had an escapee and it was found grazing on the pitch at the Abbey Stadium. This lead to the moose connection with the club, and in the club shop you can buy a range of moose souvenirs to show your allegiance to the U’s. Famous alumni include Dion Dublin and Luke Chadwick, while famous fans include football commentator Gary Newbon and Tom Findlay of Groove Armada. And connecting the two clubs – none other than former Notts manager Shaun Derry, now a the helm of the U’s. Team news Adam Collin is back in training and rebuilding match fitness after suffering a knee injury in October, but Saturday's match comes too soon for the goalkeeper. Club captain Michael O'Connor remains a long-term absentee having suffered a major knee injury in April. Jonathan Forte, Lewis Alessandra and Rob Milsom all stand by in hope of recalls. Cambridge boss Shaun Derry goes to his former club with his future on the line and he could make changes. Striker Uche Ikpeazu is available again following a one-match suspension. Last Saturday's last-gasp loss to Newport means United have just one win in eight games, while they are the lowest scoring side in the division and Derry has only been assured of his position for the Christmas period. Ade Azeez played 90 minutes on his first start following three months out with a calf injury. Derry named just four substitutes against Newport and could be short of options, with Gary Deegan and David Amoo expected to miss out again. Share your thoughts about this Stat Attack piece 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. Notts County will be hoping to get back to winning ways following their draws against Luton Town and Grimsby Town when they host Cambridge United this weekend. Managed by Shaun Derry, the U's are currently in a bad vein of form and may be missing key players. Pride of Nottingham spoke to Cambridge fan Tom to get an insight on this weekend's opposition. About Tom: I'm 26, been supporting the U's since I was a child, as long as I can remember, and my favourite player is Dave Kitson. 1) Cambridge dropped out of the Football League in 2005 and returned in 2014; what led to relegation and how did you bounce back up? The U's were having money problems since the late 90s in all fairness and with financial issues comes the drop down the leagues, less revenue, less quality players, and it becomes a vicious cycle. In the Conference it's then really difficult to gain promotion - we finished second two years in a row but then lost in the playoffs. After a few more years of no luck, third time lucky it was in 2014 - second-placed finish but playoff success. 2) How are things going this season for Cambridge United? Badly. Shaun Derry's clearly not the man to take us forward, the team's performing poorly on the pitch, we've been having injuries and suspensions all over the place, and behind the scenes it feels like a mess - Dave Doggett has resigned as chairman and nobody knows why, there's been reports of a takeover, there's reports of the club running at a £630,000 loss... basically, watch this space! 3) What's been your proudest moment as a United fan? It's a tie between the 2014 Conference playoff final, finally seeing the U's back in the Football League, and the FA Cup draw with Manchester United at the Abbey Stadium, a superb result which kept the dream alive and which gave us an unbelievable away day at Old Trafford. Closely behind is the 2014 Trophy final win over Gosport at Wembley. 4) Who are your biggest rivals? It used to be Cambridge City, but they've been playing at a lower level than us since forever. It's Peterborough now, though we're not overly keen on Northampton, Colchester and Luton either. 5) Who are your danger men? Uche Ikpeazu and Jabo Ibehre are our key men up front, but the latter is on the sidelines at the minute and we're not sure if he'll be back this weekend. They've both missed games here and there and their absence has been felt. 6) Can we get your score prediction? I'd be delighted with a draw. Let's call it 1-1. 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.
  15. Notts County assistant manager Richard Thomas has urged caution against a Cambridge United who come to Meadow Lane in poor form. The U's, managed by former Magpies boss Shaun Derry, come into this weekend's match 13th in the table on the back of three straight defeats. Thomas, however, believes Cambridge's bad form has been more a case of bad luck and missing key players, but expects them to be more dangerous than their current status. "I've been to watch Cambridge a couple of times this season and they're a really good side," Thomas told the official Notts site. "I think their league position belies what they offer. "They might have underachieved, but with Cambridge I think it's to do with availability of key players through suspension or injury. "It looks like they haven't been able to put out their top individuals consistently, which is why they might have stumbled to this point. "But we're only halfway and they're absolutely a team that can put a good run together post-Christmas and be right up there. "There are no doubts about what they can do but, after their recent results, they might come here and look to protect and keep the game tight. "They might also come right out of the blocks and get at us. You've got to prepare for every eventuality." 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. Hello and welcome to episode 36 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, presented by Chris and JJ. In this week's episode we discuss Notts County's League Two draw with Grimsby Town - why couldn't the Magpies break down their opponents? We also look ahead to the weekend meeting against Cambridge United, the 23rd game of the season and an encounter against ex-Magpies boss Shaun Derry's current side. We then talk about Derry's time at Meadow Lane and whether things would have been different had he been given the resources that Kevin Nolan has at present. In addition we review the season so far, including what we deem to have been the standout match and who we think has been the best player, and discuss the club's FA Cup shirt sponsorship with William Hill. All this and more only in episode 36 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast! Share your thoughts about this PONcast episode on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  17. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan is expecting a tough game on Saturday when Shaun Derry's Cambridge United visit Meadow Lane for their League Two clash. The former Magpies youth product returned to NG2 as manager in November 2013 and helped conjure up the Great Escape at the end of that season. However, Derry was sacked in March 2015 and has since taken over at Cambridge where the U's are six points off the top seven. “We’ve got a tough one coming up against Cambridge,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "They lost on Saturday but they will come here and respect us. “Shaun Derry will be coming back and I am sure he will be wanting to prove people wrong here. "He’s got a lot of people who think he was unfortunate to lose his job during the time he was here. “For me, it’s about making sure we are at it all week. It’s at home, it’s the next game and we are looking to get back to winning ways.” 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. Matt Tootle has expressed his pride with Notts County's impressive home form this year and believes Meadow Lane can truly be deemed a fortress. The Magpies could end the year with just one defeat at home in the league, depending on how they get on with Shaun Derry's Cambridge United this Saturday. County's home record is the best outside the Premier League, testament to the improvements made by Kevin Nolan and Alan Hardy. “When I signed in 2016 I came in and said this place should be a fortress,” he said. “It wasn’t for six months, but then the gaffer came in, and straight away he said we would turn Meadow Lane into a place where other teams won’t get anything. “He made that clear. The only team this year to have got a result in the league was Portsmouth and they were the champions of League Two last season. That says it all and about how well we have done. “It is a great achievement. It’s a credit to us and it’s just a shame we lost one because I have OCD and I would have liked it to have been zero.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  19. Kevin Nolan has praised Notts County's fans for their continued "brilliant" support of the club and urged them to keep it up going into the busy festive period. The Magpies emerged from last weekend's crunch League Two clash with Luton Town with a point in a 1-1 draw, watched by 810 members of the Black and White Army. Up next for Notts are back-to-back home games against Grimsby Town and Cambridge United and Nolan paid tribute to the fanbase for their raucous support. “The fans were absolutely brilliant at Luton and I keep alluding to them because they’ve been fantastic,” he told the Nottingham Post. “It’s important they get behind us for the next two home games because teams are going to come and respect us. “We are going to have to be patient, and we need them to keep behind us and keep singing their hearts out like they did on Saturday. “It doesn’t half buoy the lads and get them up for it.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  20. I know the result went against us, but here is your chance to point out who performed well for Notts. Have your say and vote! Be sure to comment also.

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