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  1. Notts County will take on Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Newcastle United's academy side in the group stage of the EFL Trophy. The Magpies have been placed in Group G of the competition’s Northern section. The 48 EFL clubs have been placed into pre-determined groups, with consideration given to ensure travel time is minimised for supporters and recovery time is maximised for players. Players from EFL clubs who are out on loan in the National League and below are now eligible to feature in the competition. Meanwhile, invited teams have been restricted to fielding two players over the age of 21 and more than 40 first-team appearances. Lincoln City are currently the holders of the trophy after beating Shrewsbury Town at Wembley last season. The EFL Trophy gets underway commencing the 3rd of September. Northern section Group A Carlisle United Morecambe Sunderland Stoke Under-21s Group B Bury Fleetwood Town Rochdale Leicester Under-21s Group C Accrington Stanley Blackpool Macclesfield Town West Brom Under-21s Group D Crewe Alexandra Shrewsbury Tranmere Rovers Manchester City Under-21s Group E Burton Albion Port Vale Walsall Middlesbrough Under-21s Group F Barnsley Bradford City Oldham Athletic Everton Under-21s Group G Doncaster Rovers Notts County Grimsby Town Newcastle Under-21s Group H Lincoln City Mansfield Town Scunthorpe United Wolves Under-21s Southern section Group A Crawley Town Gillingham Portsmouth Tottenham Under-21s Group B Cambridge United Colchester United Southend United Southampton Under-21s Group C Newport County Plymouth Argyle Swindon Town Chelsea Under-21s Group D Bristol Rovers Exeter City Yeovil Town West Ham Under-21s Group E Cheltenham Town Coventry City Forest Green Rovers Arsenal Under-21s Group F Northampton Town Oxford United Wycombe Wanderers Fulham Under-21s Group G AFC Wimbledon Charlton Stevenage Swansea City Under-21s Group H Luton Town Milton Keynes Dons Peterborough United Brighton Under-21s 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 will take on Doncaster Rovers and Grimsby Town in the group stage of the EFL Trophy. The Magpies have been placed in Group G of the competition’s Northern section, and will also play one academy side. The 48 EFL clubs have been placed into pre-determined groups, with consideration given to ensure travel time is minimised for supporters and recovery time is maximised for players. Players from EFL clubs who are out on loan in the National League and below are now eligible to feature in the competition. Meanwhile, invited teams have been restricted to fielding two players over the age of 21 and more than 40 first-team appearances. Lincoln City are currently the holders of the trophy after beating Shrewsbury Town at Wembley last season. Group G Doncaster Rovers Grimsby Town Notts County Invited Club Invited Clubs 1. Everton U21 2. Leicester City U21 3. Manchester City U21 4. Middlesbrough U21 5. Newcastle United U21 6. Stoke City U21 7. West Bromwich Albion U21 8. Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 The EFL Trophy gets underway commencing the 3rd of September. 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 have been knocked out of the EFL Trophy thanks to last night's 2-1 defeat at Lincoln. And I'm glad. Obviously I don't like to see Notts lose any game, but being knocked out of that farcical competition is a massive relief. Would you have liked to see Notts go as far as they could or are you happy to be out of it?
  4. Kevin Nolan has confirmed that discussions will be taking place between Notts County and the club's fringe players following the Magpies' EFL Trophy exit. The much-maligned competition has given the Notts boss the chance to give his lesser-used players some much-needed game time. However, Tuesday night's 2-1 loss at Lincoln City saw Nolan's charges eliminated from the competition with a total of two defeats and one win. “Now we are out of this competition, the games won’t be coming thick and fast like they have been doing,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We will be sitting down in the next couple of weeks and discussing who can go out on loan and who can’t. “I am sure we will have the agents and players asking about moves if they are not getting game time. “That’s going to be coming in the next few weeks so we will see what will 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.
  5. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has thrown his support behind young defender Pierce Bird and exonerated him from his mistake against Lincoln City. The 18-year-old made his competitive Magpies debut in Tuesday's EFL Trophy tie at Sincil Bank and impressed alongside Haydn Hollis at the back. However, Bird was unlucky to concede an own goal when Josh Ginnelly's cross caused havoc in the box and it was diverted into the County net, on the way to a 2-1 defeat. “I thought he did really well,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He was with three lads who have had a lot of experience, he won a lot of headers and did everything right. “He made the right decisions more often than not and looked a composed figure at the back. “I was delighted with him, but we have to get him fitter and used to this tempo and playing at this tempo for a long time. “He’s a young boy who has stepped up, but he should be delighted and his family should be so proud of him. “He has proven how much he has come on in leaps and bounds in just the few months he has been here. “It’s the next step for him now and we have to make sure we keep working hard. He has to learn the game and make sure he stays around us if he does go out on loan." 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. Notts County have, to the indifference of many, been knocked out of the EFL Trophy following Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City. The hosts were brighter in the opening exchanges of the Group G encounter at Sincil Bank, but the Magpies' first opportunity of the game led to the opener. Liam Walker spotted Jonathan Forte into space and threaded a neat through-ball into the path of the striker, who bore down on goal, rounded goalkeeper Josh Vickers, and slotted into the unguarded net. With just under ten minutes of the first half remaining, the Imps drew level through an unfortunate own goal from Notts debutant Pierce Bird. Josh Ginnelly swung in a free kick from the left which caused havoc in the Notts back line and the 18-year-old got a head onto it but diverted the ball beyond Branislav Pindroch. The second half saw Lincoln push forward determined to kill the game off, with Ollie Palmer, Elliott Whitehouse and Billy Knott all weighing in with dangerous chances. Kevin Nolan was eager for his side to make it through to the next round and brought on top goalscorer Jorge Grant in a bid to get the goal necessary to claim second place in the group. However, Notts could not add to their opening strike, while the Imps found the winner in spectacular fashion through Ginnelly's 30-yard rocket into the far top left-hand corner of Pindroch's net. Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  7. Kevin Nolan has slammed the decision not to award a free kick to Alan Smith in the lead-up to Lincoln City's killer second goal in their EFL Trophy encounter at Sincil Bank. The Magpies had to beat the Imps to secure a top-two place in Group G and it seemed like it was going according to plan with Jonathan Forte's opener. However, a dangerous Josh Ginnelly free kick was unfortunately diverted by Pierce Bird into his own net, before the Lincoln man struck a long-range winner for a 2-1 home win. “I am very disappointed, because I thought there was a blatant foul on Smudge (Smith) leading up to the second goal,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We knew we had to win to go through, and maybe we showed them too much respect in the second half. “But overall I was pleased with a lot of performances, especially Pierce Bird. We shouldn’t have given the free-kick away which led to that goal. “Nicky Hunt gave the free-kick away and he is big enough, old enough and ugly enough to know that is not the way to defend. “We gave too many of them away on the night and Lincoln will always make it difficult for you as they throw the big men up. “But what disappointed me is that we do not get that free-kick on Smudge and they score the second. “I was disappointed but, in saying that, there were some good positives to come from the game. “We wanted to get through to the next round. But we gave too many free-kicks away and Lincoln will always make it difficult for you.” 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. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has praised young defender Pierce Bird ahead of his competitive debut against Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy tonight. The 18-year-old, previously at non-league club Dunkirk, quit his job to go on trial at Meadow Lane in the summer and was rewarded with his commitment and skill with a deal. “He’s a down to earth kid. His family are right behind him,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post ahead of the trip to Sincil Bank. “He left his job just to come here on trial so it shows how much he wanted it. “He’s been magnificent since he came in. He’s been brilliant since we spotted him at the end of last season. “I’m positive he’ll perform well. It’s about him enjoying the experience. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of him in the future but I feel this was the right time to bring him in after the progress he’s made. “If it doesn’t work we’ll go back to the drawing board with him to get him to where we feel he belongs. There’s no pressure. Pierce Bird will be at this club for a while.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  9. Kevin Nolan has suggested that he will make changes to his Notts County starting XI ahead of Tuesday night's EFL Trophy trip to Lincoln City. The Magpies currently sit third in Group G on three points but a win would see them edge into the top two and through to the next round. Although Nolan insists it's a big game and wants momentum to be built, he's also eager to give some of his fringe players some minutes. "It's a big game," he told the official Notts site. "We've got lads who need game time, it's a derby and if we win we go through. "We're trying to build momentum. It always helps when you're winning games - it breeds confidence around the club and city. "In the last couple of games we've been back to the intensity and tempo that earned us our six wins on the spin. "After our fantastic win on Friday we want to carry that forward, and then take it on to Stevenage. "It's a great opportunity for the lads who haven't had the minutes. They can put themselves in the forefront of my mind and show me they're ready. "The lads are really going at it in training and we're really looking forward to this week." 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. The EFL Trophy is despised by a significant proportion of football fans, and rightly so. It's effectively been hijacked by the Premier League for the benefit of their academies to give their reserve teams some competitive action. This has come at the expense of the teams in League One and League Two, who cannot do the same thing themselves and will even be sanctioned if they fail to field a number of first-team players. It's not like the teams in the bottom two divisions of the Football League already have 50-odd games to play already when you factor in the 46 standard league games, potentially the playoffs, and the League and FA Cups. No, let's force their already tired and weary players to turn out not for one extra game, as it was in the past, but three more games as a minimum. But let's face it, when was the last time that the EFL Trophy actually any good? Having a competition only open to the 48 teams in the third and fourth tier was never going to throw up any bumper ties. Previously, there was a 50-50 team that you'd be playing a team that you'd be facing twice in the league anyway. And even if you were drawn against a team in the league above or below you, it's still unlikely to be the kind of match-up that will make fans excited. The only exception to this would be if you were drawn against a fallen "giant" - say Blackburn Rovers or Charlton Athletic. Only then would it be somewhat exciting for a fourth-tier team. But even then, would the more illustrious team actually make any effort in the competition? Winning such a tinpot competition as the EFL Trophy would be a permanent mark of shame for such a team, a reminder that they had once fallen on hard times. And on top of that, having a competition played largely on weekdays may work if it's something like the Champions League, or the latter rounds of a proper competition like the FA Cup or League Cup, but a midweek trip to Morecambe or Southend is hardly going to generate enthusiasm - and it's not like there's the prospect of better ties ahead. That said, even having a group with local rivals Mansfield Town and Lincoln City, as it is at present, is not a particularly exciting thing, given it feels forced, plus all the previous points that made the competition shoddy in the first place, plus the Premier League meddling that have rendered the competition at best pointless, at worst outright toxic. The EFL Trophy is a moribund, pointless and utterly futile competition. The Premier League intervention can either be seen as an attempt to breathe new life into it, or as a parasite or virus that has taken over its host and completely zombified it. Either way, it reflects badly on the competition, so the best thing would be to just let it die off. 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.
  11. Kevin Nolan has praised Notts County summer signings Callum Saunders and Elliot Hodge, suggesting that they are both players who can get crowds excited. Both players, brought in at Meadow Lane with a view to development, played in the Magpies' 2-1 defeat to Mansfield Town in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday. “I thought they did really well and I was really pleased with both of them,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “Callum led the line well and ran the channels which is what he is all about. “He was probably a little bit unlucky not to get a few more chances but he will get better the more and more he does it. “Elliot did really well especially in the first half. He did lots of good things and when you’ve got two lads who are hungry, decent, and they’ve got pace, it excites the crowds. “I was delighted with them and they should be pleased with how they performed.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  12. Kevin Nolan has urged his players not to feel sorry for themselves after losing to Mansfield Town in midweek ahead of Saturday's League Two game with Newport County. A much-changed Magpies outfit fell to a 2-1 defeat against the Stags on Tuesday night in the EFL Trophy. With a league game now on the horizon, Nolan has rallied his troops and urged them to bounce back from the midweek defeat. “I want the players to react in the right way to Tuesday, I don’t want them to feel sorry for themselves,” he told the Nottingham Post. “I want them to show what I believe they can do. I believe in them and I believe they could have done a lot better which is why I was so disappointed with what I saw. “The best thing about having Saturday, Tuesday, fixtures is that you don’t have to wait long for another game. “But I was able to give some of the lads some exposure who haven’t had many minutes this season while obviously giving the lads who have been playing a rest. “I am really looking forward to Newport 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.
  13. Kevin Nolan has backed Alan Smith to score even more goals for Notts County after opening his account for the club on Tuesday night. The 36-year-old, who played as a striker early in his career, equalised for the Magpies in the EFL Trophy meeting with Mansfield Town, although the Stags went on to win 2-1 at Meadow Lane. Despite the defeat, Nolan was full of praise for Smith and backed him to chip in with more goals, even if he acknowledges he's not going to be regularly playing full games. “I thought Smudger was great and you are going to get that from him every time he plays,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He loves the game and still has that hunger, but unfortunately his legs don’t let him get to 90 minutes as much as he would like them to do. “But he was brilliant and took his goal really well. That’s what you expect when you put him up there because he’s done it all his career. “I’ve told him he will be a forward and I am expecting him to come up with a couple of goals here and there.” 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 expressed his frustration with how cheaply Notts County gave goals away in Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat to Mansfield Town in the EFL Trophy. The Magpies fell behind in the first minute when a mistake by Haydn Hollis was seized upon by Lee Angol, who drilled home from range. Although Alan Smith drew the hosts level, the Stags struck a winner when Branislav Pindroch punched a cross into the path of CJ Hamilton, who chested the ball down and converted from 15 yards. “I am very frustrated and disappointed because of how cheaply we gave goals away,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “There were a lot of good individual performances, but we just weren’t at the level where we need to be. “We have lots of work to do and I was disappointed in the manner Mansfield won. “There wasn’t much in it and I don’t think they deserved to win the game, but I don’t think we did anything to deserve the win either.” 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. Notts County remain second in Group G of the EFL Trophy following their 2-1 defeat against Mansfield Town at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night. Both Kevin Nolan and Steve Evans made 10 changes to each of their squads with a view to checking out how the fringe players performed. The Magpies were hit with an early sucker punch, however, as a mistake from Haydn Hollis allowed Lee Angol to claim the ball and rifle into the bottom corner goal from 20 yards out, beating the diving Branislav Pindroch. Mansfield could have had a second a few minutes later, with the unmarked Paul Digby heading goalwards from a corner, only for the Slovakian keeper to claw the ball out on the line. Notts soon found their groove and weighed in with a number of chances, though there was another scare midway through the first half when former Magpie Jimmy Spencer struck the woodwork. The ball rebounded to Angol, who had an open goal to fire into, only for Shaun Brisley to weigh in with an impressive last-ditch tackle. Nolan's side went on to find an equaliser through a short corner which was crossed by Liam Walker to the back post, flicked back into the centre by Brisley, and poked home by Alan Smith. The second half saw more chances traded between both teams, but with Notts stepping it up a gear, they were once again caught out by a Stags goal courtesy of poor work at the back. Paul Anderson's cross, rather than being firmly claimed by Pindroch, was half-heartedly punched away into the path of CJ Hamilton. The 22-year-old controlled with his chest before smashing a right-footed effort into the roof of the net from 14 yards to seal victory for the visitors. 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.
  16. Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans has confirmed that he will make wholesale changes for tonight's EFL Trophy clash at Notts County as he played down the importance of the competition. While Notts boss Kevin Nolan has stressed that he is taking the competition seriously, the Mansfield boss admitted that he was more concerned about their League Two game with Exeter City at the weekend. "We want to go there and represent our football club with some pride, but at the same time, I'm just honest with our supporters," Evans told the official Stags site. "I watch managers around this Checkatrade and they blag it that they're going to be at full strength and then make nine changes, and suchlike. We will make significant changes tomorrow night. "We'll go there and people will see how committed we are, as we always are as a management team, from the first ball to the last ball. "By the same token, we've got four games in the space of 14 days now; Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday, and they're big games. The Exeter and Shaw Lane games are big games. "I watch managers around this Checkatrade and they blag it that they're going to be at full strength and then make nine changes, and suchlike. We will make significant changes tomorrow night. "We're going to give players an opportunity to step up and be in the team on Saturday. Go and be a real top performer against Notts County and you'll probably start against Exeter. "We've got three or four that are desperate to play, that want to get in the starting line-up on a regular basis and they've got a fantastic platform at Notts County tomorrow night. "It's more important to have a freshness about our team against Exeter than [getting] anything against Notts County." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  17. Kevin Nolan has suggested that he will make numerous changes to the Notts County starting XI for tonight's EFL Trophy meeting with Mansfield Town. Although the Magpies boss is taking the much-maligned competition seriously, he appears eager for some of his lesser-used players to stake their claims for a first-team place at Meadow Lane tonight. “It’s a great game for the players who haven’t had the exposure of minutes they perhaps would have wanted,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “It’s a chance for them to show me that they are ready and waiting so if we do get an injury, they are raring to go. “We have a squad capable of handling the cup competitions as well as the league. So there’s no pressure on the players because they are part of this squad for a reason. “They are pushing the 11 to new heights and maximum levels, but what they’ve got to do is now prove why we either retained them or signed them. “They’ve got to enjoy it because it’s in a good competition, a great pitch, a great stadium and a great dressing room. Enjoy that fact, take the bull by the horns and express yourself.” 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 stressed that he wants Notts County to give their all in Tuesday night's EFL Cup home encounter with Mansfield Town. The Magpies currently sit second in Northern Group G on three points, level with Lincoln City, who won their opening group game against the Stags 3-1. Although the competition - currently branded as the Checkatrade Trophy - continues to divide opinion among fans and club staff up and down the country, Nolan is eager to get to the next stage, maintain their unbeaten home record, and get one over on their local rivals. “We want to win the game and get through to the next round,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We want to have a good run and keep the momentum going. We are at home and we have that mentality in which we feel we can beat anyone. “And we should have that feeling, but it’s going to be a tough game because it’s a derby and they will throw everything at us. “They will raise their game as they did last month when we were top of the league so my lads should not be expecting anything less. “But since they have beaten us they haven’t won since and there’s no better way to take the pressure off by winning a derby. “It’s a chance for them to get back to winning ways and I am sure Steve Evans will be looking at that. “We want to use our proud home record to our advantage. Every win means something and hopefully it can start a bit of momentum.” 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. 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.
  20. Kevin Nolan claims Notts County are yet to hit their full potential this season, but is pleased that the last two games have been won despite this. Following a poor 3-0 loss to Coventry City in the League Two season opener, the Magpies put in a solid performance in the League Cup against Scunthorpe United, only losing on penalties. They then followed it up with victories over Chesterfield and Everton Under-21s, and Nolan believes there is more to come from his charges. “I feel in the last two games we have been worthy winners despite not reaching the heights I know we can,” he told the Nottingham Post. “It’s still early days and we have to be patient with these lads. They all believe they can get better and they know can get better. “That’s a great thing to have when you are winning games and you’re not really hitting your maximum with the ball. “Without the ball we are getting better and that’s being proven and that’s why teams are finding it difficult to create chances against 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.
  21. Kevin Nolan has hailed his Notts County charges for putting in a great performance against Everton Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy. The Magpies, playing before a crowd of just under 1,500 at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night, took the lead via Jonathan Forte and consolidatedit via Haydn Hollis. Although Toffees substitute Anton Donkor halved the deficit in the second half, Notts saw the game out to claim a 2-1 win, keeping their momentum going after their 2-0 win over Chesterfield in League Two at the weekend. Nolan told the official Notts website: "We were really good in the first half. I thought we dominated and were deservedly 2-0 up. "There was some lovely interlinking play here and there but in the second half, when Everton changed formation to 4-4-2, we didn't get a handle on it as quickly as I would have liked. "They went a lot more direct and caused a lot of problems. "Everton are known for bringing through really good youngsters and there are clearly more there based on what we saw out there tonight. "We knew they would throw everything at us but we stood up to it. The lads responded well and showed resiliency not to concede another goal. "I am delighted with the outcome from the last couple of games and we are all now looking forward to the Wycombe game at the weekend." 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.
  22. Notts County got their Checkatrade Trophy campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Everton Under-21s in Tuesday's fixture at Meadow Lane. The game was played out before a largely empty stadium as many fans boycotted the competition due to what they see as the Premier League imposing itself on the EFL, but there were still just under 1,500 people in the stands - arguably one of the evening's better attendances across the country. Kevin Nolan made a total of nine changes to his starting XI and they started on the front foot against a young team which looked almost overawed by the occasion in the early stages. Indeed, Notts took the lead on the half-hour mark when Jorge Grant nodded a header into the path of Jonathan Forte, and the striker controlled, turned his man, and drilled the ball into the bottom corner. It wasn't long before the Magpies doubled their advantage, Elliot Hewitt heading a deep centre across the face of the goal and Haydn Hollis being given the simplest of tasks to prod the ball over the line from two yards out. Everton were more impressive after the break and duly halved the deficit as substitute Anton Donkor picked up the ball in space on the left of the County penalty area before rifling a ferocious shot that found the net via the foot of the post. The hosts were able to see the game out without too much difficulty, and the relatively low number of fans in attendance were pleased with Notts having put in a solid performance, but in all honesty, the whole thing felt like a friendly. The focus of all fans now - boycotting or not - will turn to what really matters; the League Two encounter with Wycombe Wanderers this weekend. 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.
  23. Despite the controversy surrounding the Checkatrade Trophy ahead of Notts County's game with Everton Under-23s, Kevin Nolan insists he wants to go for a win nonetheless to build on the momentum from Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Chesterfield - as well as getting one over on his beloved Liverpool's Merseyside rivals. The vast majority of people who support teams in the EFL are plotting to boycott the competition due to the Premier League's academy teams entering teams in an EFL competition - seen as many as the big fish of the top flight imposing their will on the smaller divisions. Nolan, who acknowledged the criticism of the competition, told the Nottingham Post ahead of Tuesday's game at Meadow Lane: “We want as many clean sheets as possible from now until the end of the season because it gives you a great opportunity to win games. "It also promotes a winning mentality within the group to make sure that we keep getting better and better as the games come thick and fast. We want it to get to a stage where you get that feeling of invincibility when you are out on the pitch. “They are a good outfit. David Unsworth is somebody I’ve played against a lot during my career and it will be good to see him. I hope to get one over him because it’s Everton isn’t it?! I will have a lot of friends coming to watch too and they are all bluenoses. “We actually looked at a lot of Everton’s young players in the summer and in the window last January about the potential of bringing them here on loan. A few of them have since gone to higher divisions. But we’ve got quite a bit of info about them and the analyst Jimmy has worked really hard to get as much data on them as possible. “I know there has been a lot of criticism of the competition because not every team in the Premier League has bought into it. But we have a job to do and we will put a really strong team out against an Everton Under-23s team who won their league last year. “It is not going to be a rollover. We are taking it seriously so we are hoping to get off to a good start and get into a run of winning games. I am just really looking forward to it, because it’s the first time I’ve been involved with the competition. It presents the most realistic chance of us getting to Wembley and giving the fans a great day out. All we can do is go at it in a positive manner and enjoy 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.
  24. Some interesting comments from Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt about the EFL Trophy vote, where he talks of a "master and servant" relationship between the Premier League and the EFL.
  25. Notts County owner and chairman Alan Hardy insists he has not ignored the fans' opinions after the club voted to retain the current EFL Trophy format. The competition has found itself boycotted over the last year after a shake-up which saw academy teams included, and with lower-league teams sanctioned if they played weaker teams. Despite the uproar from fans, the Magpies nonetheless voted for its continuation, which seemingly flew in the face of nearly 95 percent of Notts supporters not being in favour of retaining the under-23s teams next term. "We have by no means ignored our supporters – nor has that ever been our intention," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. "Their views on this matter were taken seriously, reviewed in detail and passed on to the EFL at club meetings. "As chairman, however, I have to take every factor into consideration when making these decisions. Unfortunately, as much as I would like it to be, it isn't always as simple as giving every supporter what they want. "My greatest concern is that some people are being misled by the idea that our chosen format of the Checkatrade Trophy is providing a pathway for 'B-teams' to be inducted into the EFL. "This, quite simply, will never happen. We would certainly never vote in favour of it. "Perhaps once this scaremongering ceases we will all be able to see that the competition provides an opportunity to generate significant revenue for the football club through prize money, while offering our supporters, players and staff the chance to enjoy a trip to Wembley. "I understand fans' frustrations and respect their passion. This subject has always divided opinion and has been a point of controversy. "But the responsibility falls on me to do what I believe is best for the club and I would ask all our supporters to stick by us as we move into what I'm sure will be a very exciting summer." 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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