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  1. Carl Dickinson has defended Notts County's style of play and is adamant that winning promotion from League Two would be great for "shutting a few people up". The Magpies have received criticism this season over how they play, which has seen plenty of moments in games where the ball is lumped up top. Dickinson, however, thinks accusations of being a long-ball side are wide of the mark and says their play is "effective" as they aim to make it five games unbeaten at Chesterfield on Sunday. “We know what we are good at, and we are never going to be the prettiest team on the eye,” the left-back told the Nottingham Post. “People don't think we play good football, but we do at times and they don't realise that. “They say Notts County are this long ball team, but it’s not. It’s effective football and I think maybe it (good football) goes a bit unnoticed but let them think that. “We'll just keep plugging away and hopefully prove a lot of people wrong. “It doesn’t bother the players because come the end of the season, if we do win promotion, then we can shut a few people up. “Everyone's entitled to their own opinion that's why football is so great. But like I said, we know what we're about and we know what we need to do. “We plan on taking that forward and trying to finish this season as strongly as possible.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  2. Notts County defenders Richard Duffy and Carl Dickinson visited Robin Hood Primary School in Nottingham as part of the Football In The Community-led +Sport Move and Learn Project. The programme, delivered in partnership with The English Football League Trust and Ferrero, is a free school-based educational programme for primary school children. It seeks to encourage physical activity, promote nutritional education and build awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle among youngsters. In a Q&A session, the school children asked the two players about their favourite foods, drinks and other eating habits,and also got a chance to test the players’ physical skills in a game of dodgeball. “It’s really enjoyable, it’s nice to see the kids with smiles on their faces and enjoying their day," Duffy told the FITC website. “We both have kids the same age so we know what to expect and some of the trickier questions didn’t come as a surprise”. Dickinson added: “Most of these kids like football, so it’s nice that we can get involved and go into schools and talk about our experiences. “Anything that children can learn about earlier is a good thing, this particular project obviously focuses on nutrition, which is great. “In terms of other projects that FITC do, I think people often try to stay away from a lot of touchy subjects like mental health and cancer rehabilitation but the more people talk and know about it, and know what they can do to help, then it’s all for the better." If you would like to find out more about +Sport Move and Learn, contact Zara at FITC on zl@nottscountyfitc.org.uk or alternatively call 0115 905 5896. 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. Carl Dickinson has admitted that he truly feels Notts County will achieve promotion this season. The Magpies currently sit second in League Two on 42 points, level with top-placed Luton Town who boast a huge +30 goal difference. In addition, Notts have successfully overcome blips over the course of the season and remain as focused and sharp as ever going into the festive period. “I was talking to my wife the other day and we were discussing the way things are going,” Dickinson told the Nottingham Post. “She said ‘what do you think?’. And I just said I know it’s going to happen. “I compare it to when I got promoted with Stoke (in 2007-08). That dressing room was the best I’ve been in. “But this one is so close to it that’s it’s frightening. I just have this massive feeling it is going to be our year. It’s up to us to do it, but I feel it’s going to happen.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  4. Notts County put in one of their best performances in recent years in a 4-2 hammering of Bristol Rovers in Friday night's FA Cup first-round encounter. Although the Pirates powered into a two-goal lead early on at Meadow Lane, the hosts turned it around in swashbuckling style. Ryan Yates' quickfire brace brought Notts level in the first half before Jon Stead and Jorge Grant completed the turnaround, though it could have been more for the Magpies. Here is the reaction from Notts manager Kevin Nolan, several players, and the Black and White Army following the superb win over the Pirates. Kevin Nolan “It was a magical night. I said the pressure was going to be off and it showed. We went 2-0 down and I was very disappointed to concede the goals that we did. “But the reaction, attitude and application after that just showed our camaraderie. “And I think some of our play showed just how hard we have been working in possession. “What we have been doing on the training pitch we put into practice and I am delighted to be in the next round.” Carl Dickinson "We were gutted with the first 15 minutes but we showed what we are all about after that. We showed our togetherness, our spirit and our quality. "It was fantastic from the boys. We reacted brilliantly. Once we got it back to 2-2 there was only going to be one winner. With some of the football we played in the second half and the chances we created, it could have been five or six. "To beat a team from the league above, who will be comfortable at that level, shows how far we've come. "If we can take that type of performance into the league I don't think many teams will beat us." The players on social media The Black and White Army Who r ya?? You Pies! Quality performance some truly outstanding football played , best performance for years , well done Notts , Kevin Nolan's black and white army , COYP Elite_pie: Agreed, brilliant game and a brilliant performance, also a great atmosphere created by the smallish crowd. We were all over the place defensively in the first 10 minutes but kept battling, and created enough chances to have gone in ahead at half time. Every player gave their all, there wasn't a single poor performer in black and white. Great stuff Notts, best tenner I've spent in ages. Bryan Morph Morphus: What can you say?? Everything we fans need to see from a player, we got. Every one of them put a shift in. Absolute perfection....well, we could have scored a couple more but I'm not greedy! Nicola Buxton: Fooking fantastic come back from our sexy pies... Adam Driff Driffill: After 15 minutes. I wrote us off. Never do that again. Great result, I'll raise my drink! 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.
  5. Carl Dickinson has claimed that Notts County have got back some of their mojo following impressive wins in their last two games. The Magpies endured a mixed October in terms of results and performances, but they finished the month with a 3-0 victory over Newport County. That result was followed up by a 4-2 win over Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup first round, overturning a two-goal deficit in exhilarating fashion. “Over the last few weeks I think people have seen that we have got a bit of our mojo back,” Dickinson told the Nottingham Post. “Sometimes we get labelled a long ball team, but if you had come to watch the last two games you would see how much quality we have got. “You would see how many chances we created and how we put teams under pressure here at Meadow Lane. “It doesn’t hurt our feelings when people talk about long balls because at the end of the day it’s all about scoring goals and winning. “Some might call it a long ball, we call it a long pass. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  6. Carl Dickinson has claimed that Notts County could have easily scored "five or six" goals against Bristol Rovers in their FA Cup first-round meeting on Friday night. The clash at Meadow Lane began in the worst possible way for Notts, who found themselves two goals down by the quarter-hour mark. However, Ryan Yates struck a quickfire brace - assisted by Dickinson for both goals - to edge the hosts level, before Jon Stead and Jorge Grant completed the turnaround by full time. “It didn’t feel a memorable night in the first 15 minutes, I was gutted,” Dickinson told the Nottingham Post. “But after that I thought we showed what we were all about. We showed togetherness, our spirit and quality as well. “Once we got it back to 2-2 there was only going to be one winner. “In the second half some of the football we played and the chances we created, it could have been five or six. “The boys were fantastic and to beat a team that are comfortable in League One shows how far we have come.” 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. Carl Dickinson has described Notts County's 4-2 win over Bristol Rovers as proof of how far the Magpies have come in a short space of time. Friday night's FA Cup first-round encounter at Meadow Lane began in the worst possible way for Notts, who found themselves two goals down by the quarter-hour mark. However, Ryan Yates struck a quickfire brace - assisted by Dickinson for both goals - to edge the hosts level, before Jon Stead and Jorge Grant completed the turnaround by full time. "We were gutted with the first 15 minutes but we showed what we are all about after that," Dickinson told the official Notts site. "We showed our togetherness, our spirit and our quality. It was fantastic from the boys. We reacted brilliantly. "Once we got it back to 2-2 there was only going to be one winner. With some of the football we played in the second half and the chances we created, it could have been five or six. "To beat a team from the league above, who will be comfortable at that level, shows how far we've come. "If we can take that type of performance into the league I don't think many teams will beat us. "We had a couple of results which didn't go too well for us but in the last few weeks we have got our mojo back. "Sometimes we get labelled as a long-ball team but if you look at our past two games you will have seen how much quality we have." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  8. Winning football games is never the easiest thing to achieve. However, when you do manage to pull it off, it restores a sense of pride, not just within the club and its players but it spreads within the fan community. The momentum it builds can be a very powerful psychological tool, which I believe is a part of why Notts County have managed to assert themselves strongly after the opening day defeat to Coventry City. It’s been a long time since the club has felt like it’s moving in the right direction, and I believe we should continue to aim high. Another aspect which only deserves praise is the fact that key players have upped their game – something which started from day one after Kevin Nolan arrived at Meadow Lane. It would be unfair to suggest that the form which turned the club around during the 2016-17 season lies anywhere else and I feel strongly that the majority of the squad have continued this within their own right into 2017-18. It’s this kind of form and focus which I would like the club to work towards now. However, I don’t suggest this isn’t the case – I do feel the focus has been lost somewhat. Adam Collin has been a different keeper this term, he’s really impressed me and I still feel right now he doesn’t get the praise he deserves. For the most part Richard Duffy has been solid, although admittedly I am not his biggest fan – I do feel he offers something which contributes to the success we are seeing on the field. Dan Jones as a new signing has been paramount and has given the club a lot more pace at the back – after the shaky start he really has found his form prior to the recent injury. At right back, Matt Tootle has been probably the most consistent player, something which I noticed myself last season. He just seemed a different character on and off the pitch, and I am pleased to see that he feels open enough to talk about depression – something which I myself suffer from. That’s the thing about the 2017-18 season, every player has largely been working towards the same goal and the added competition really has helped people thrive – perhaps not Tootle as much as Nolan has suggested recently but it certainly has for players such as Collin, Jonathan Forte and Carl Dickinson. Whilst Nicky Hunt is a good character to have around, and someone capable for players to learn from, he really hasn’t done anything to push Tootle for his position. I know it won’t be a popular opinion, however I would rather see Elliott Hewitt push Tootle because all Elliott requires is time to learn and gain experience. However, it is still a positive note just how much widely across the pitch we have improved and there is depth within the squad when you take games seriously. Whilst again, people suggest that Notts are unable to maintain their current form, if targets are a part of what got us here, ambition and desire should be more than enough to help us on our way with a return to form. This is exactly why I feel the club should continue to aim high, we need to dig deep and believe – reverting back to the basics will help (as will keeping the ball on the ground). And I really don’t believe in the curse of the Manager of the Month, if you remain grounded and focused on your tasks at hand, this is nothing more than praise for a job well done. The majority of fans know that have leaders on the pitch, perhaps not captain material but we have a squad which cares – so let’s keep Notts flying high. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  9. Carl Dickinson has revealed he's been busy practising free kicks but insists Notts County's strength in depth from set pieces is impressive. Jorge Grant, Dan Jones and Dickinson have all scored directly from set pieces this season, the latter smashing into the top corner of the Mansfield Town net from 25 yards out. “It was great to score against Mansfield and I was delighted with it because I have been champing at the bit to take one,” Dickinson told the Nottingham Post. “I’ve been taking them in training and have been smashing them past Adam Collin, who has been getting a little bit wound up! “But we’ve got some great lads and great technicians who can do it. Jorge popped up with one and so has (Dan Jones). We’ve been a lot better from set-pieces as a whole. “We look dangerous and defensively we have looked really solid against them too. More goals from set-pieces is only going to help 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 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. Carl Dickinson has compared Notts County manager Kevin Nolan to Tony Pulis due to their emphasis on organisational play and set pieces. The 30-year-old won promotion to the Premier League under Pulis with Stoke City in 2008, where the club has remained since. Now at West Bromwich Albion, Pulis continues to impress, having turned a yo-yo team into an established top-tier side. “A lot of things the manager has done reminds me of Tony Pulis, especially the organisational part,” Dickinson told the Nottingham Post. “Pulis was massive on set-plays and organisation and I can see the similarities between them. “That’s one of the reasons why we were so successful that year at Stoke, and why he’s been successful since.” Dickinson also spoke of how Nolan has ushered in a camaraderie that was lacking under previous regimes. “I think the spirit we have is one of the reasons why we are being so successful at the minute,” he added. “There is a lot of team bonding under the gaffer whereas previously I couldn’t remember doing anything. “It speaks a lot for where we were before the gaffer came in. We are a tight-knit group, and we have a laugh, but when it comes to training and matches, we are all 100 percent focused and have each other’s backs.” 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: Highlights: Mansfield 3-1 Notts County Category: Match Highlights Date Added: 2017-10-02 Submitter: Chris Mansfield v Notts County. Highlights: Mansfield 3-1 Notts County Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
  12. We've made a lot of signings this week. Six, to be precise. And now Notts have stepped up their recruitment drive, the question on everyone's lips is, how are we going to line up against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday? There may be some difference in opinions in the formation that we use throughout the season, but I'm going to stick with 4-4-2 as we used that nearly all of the time last season when Nolan took over. Starting in goal. Adam Collin seems like the obvious choice and whilst most of our fans don't like him much, it's hard to see Fitzsimons or Pindroch replacing him just yet. Matt Tootle has the right-back spot sewn up sweetly. If he avoids the injury problems he had last season he could play every league game. I don't expect Jordon Richards or Nicky Hunt to start much at all this season. The left-back spot is easy. Dan Jones will easily displace Carl Dickinson. The ex-Stoke man was very error-prone last season, especially when he consistently allowed opposition players into the box unchallenged. It was obvious we needed a new left-back and he needed to have pace, something Jones has and Dickinson doesn't. Centre-back has plagued us for a few seasons now. The last two especially where we conceded 83 in 15-16 and 76 in 16-17. For me Shaun Brisley has to start. He played in the Peterborough team that reached the League One playoffs a few years ago and we're crying out for stability at centre-half. Richard Duffy has been a lot better since Kevin Nolan came in. For me he beats Hollis to that first team spot alongside Brisley. Duffy, for me, was better under Nolan in the second the half of last season than Hollis was and is just a better player in my opinion. I would like to see Pierce Bird play a few games this season. He seems like a good prospect and someone who I think definitely has potential. Onto the wingers and for me it has to be Jorge Grant and Lewis Alessandra. Grant showed last season he is a quality player, especially for this level and has an abundance of creativity. He could very easily hit 10-15 goals for the 2017-18 season. Alessandra has much needed pace which Notts have been begging for, for a few seasons now. I think Nolan can get the best out of the former Hartlepool man. This pushes Terry Hawkridge to the bench but I still see him playing a key role in creating chances for the Magpies. There is also the option of playing these three together behind a lone striker. I don't see Elliot Hodge featuring regularly unless key players pick up injuries. Sam Osborne has great potential but isn't ready yet and a loan spell out to gain first team football is what he needs. Moving into the centre of the park, there are several options to choose from. Rob Milsom, Elliott Hewitt, Liam Walker, Curtis Thompson and Ryan Yates. It's obvious we will miss Michael O'Connor. As captain he led by example and played a massive part in Notts climbing the table. He formed a great partnership with Milsom and in my opinion, Milsom should keep his place in the starting eleven. He is good at pressing teams and is a neat and tidy passer and very calm in possession of the ball. In my opinion, Liam Walker should start alongside him. Walker is more of an attackive minded midfielder and his long shots and set pieces will be a danger to opposition teams. Elliott Hewitt is getting better by the day. He looks at home in the centre of midfield and moving him there from his right back slot could prove a solid decision. Ryan Yates is more of a box to box midfielder and when played, could be very useful in linking defence to attack. I don't see Curtis Thompson playing many games this season and his persistent injury problems haven't helped him at all. Alex Howes is a another player who I see getting loaned out to gain more first team experience. I don't expect a permanent central midfield pairing. I think Milsom, Hewitt, Walker and Yates will all have their turn in the starting XI. Finally, we move into the final third. Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi signed new contracts in the summer and unless we sign a striker before opening day then it will be them two starting up front. As a strike partnership, they have shown they can be effective but not spectacular. Ameobi is a very good player for holding the ball up and this can help bring other players into the game such as Grant and Alessandra as well as Stead. Despite being 6'3, Stead likes the ball more to his feet and Nolan is the first manager, since the ex-Huddersfield man joined Notts, to realise he isn't a target man. He has done very well to score 25 goals in the last two seasons but he is 34 and Ameobi is 35 and it's clear we need someone younger up front who can take us further up the table than my current prediction of 10th. For me we still need a striker if we're going to break into the play-off places. Jonathan Forte can be an asset but breaking into the first team next season will be difficult for him especially if we sign another striker. I prefer him as a striker to a winger but was utilised more as the latter last season but still managed 10 goals. Whilst he only scored 2 in 23 at Crewe, Callum Saunders looks like one for the future. I've heard that his movement is very good but he needs to work on his finishing. My starting XI for Coventry: Collin, Tootle, Duffy, Brisley, Jones, Grant, Milsom, Walker, Alessandra, Stead, Ameobi Squad GK - Adam Collin, Ross Fitzsimons, Branislav Pindroch, Joe Searson-Smithard RB - Matt Tootle, Jordon Richards, Nicky Hunt LB - Dan Jones, Carl Dickinson CB - Shaun Brisley, Richard Duffy, Haydn Hollis, Pierce Bird W - Jorge Grant (RM), Lewis Alessandra (LM,RM), Terry Hawkridge (RM,LM), Elliot Hodge (RM), Sam Osborne (RM) CM - Rob Milsom, Elliott Hewitt, Liam Walker, Curtis Thompson, Ryan Yates, Michael O'Connor (INJ), Alex Howes ST - Jon Stead, Shola Ameobi, Jonathan Forte, Callum Saunders Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  13. Carl Dickinson has revealed that he would get so miserable during Notts County's 10-match losing run in League Two that he couldn't even speak to his family after games. The Magpies lost every single league fixture between November 12, a 4-0 defeat at Blackpool, until January 7, a 4-1 loss at Morecambe. The rot was stopped with a goalless home draw with Mansfield Town on January 14, and 10 weeks later, Notts are a different proposition entirely, on the brink of safety with a 13-point cushion between themselves and the bottom two. "It was horrible," Dickinson recalled to the Nottingham Post. "I would spend car journeys with my family when I wouldn't say a word to them because what we were going through would ruin my weekend. "I wouldn't say anything to the missus or the kids and I certainly didn't want to be near them after a game if it had not gone well. It would kill me on the inside because the defeats were happening every week. "I don't think my missus has ever seen me like it. It might be different for the others, but, for me, training is all designed to win a game of football at the end of the week. "If you don't perform and don't win, it feels like you've gone through the week only to mess it all up when it comes to the crunch. "I am a positive person, but when you've lost the following 24 hours ruin you. On the Sunday you are thinking about the game and I must admit the club was in a low place." 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.

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