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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 pla
  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
  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 sittin
  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,
  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 unf
  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)
  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 bri
  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
  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 ga
  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
  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
  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,”
  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 Notti
  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 headin
  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 Che
  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
  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 ge
  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
  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 t
  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 fir
  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 overaw
  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,
  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

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