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  1. Liam Noble has vowed to try and get rid of his reputation as a volatile player as he insists he will not "blow up" when provoked on the pitch any more. The 26-year-old was sent off five times during his first two seasons at Notts County but has not been shown a red card in more than 70 games since his spell at Forest Green Rovers and subsequent return to Meadow Lane. “I have this bad reputation for being sent off but I’ve not had a red card in 70-odd games now so that needs to go now,” Noble, who scored the opener in County's 2-1 win at FGR, told the Nottingham Post. “People are waiting for me to blow up but it isn’t going to happen. I am 26 and if people are kicking you then they are doing it for a reason – because you are a good player. “When I was 21 or 22, I would have volleyed them back. I just need to get this rid of this reputation. I played 50 games last season and another 25 this season for Notts and Forest Green and not one red card. “The gaffer said that if I got sent off for something stupid then I would never play for him again. That was only right. I think that will be the case until the end of the season until I gain his trust as well. “He felt the need to pull me and say don’t get sent off so there’s probably some doubt in there. Hopefully I can keep proving him and everyone else wrong.” 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. Mark Cooper has claimed that Forest Green Rovers deserved to get something out of their game against Notts County despite a "terrible" first half. The Magpies ran out 2-1 winners over the Green Devils at the New Lawn on Saturday, taking the lead through Liam Noble after the visitors pounced on a defensive mistake. Although Tahvon Campbell grabbed an equaliser for the hosts, Matt Tootle had the final say when he slugged the ball through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net. “The first half was a non-event, we didn’t start well so the only complaint I can have today was that the first half was terrible,” former Notts boss Cooper told the official FGR site. “We didn’t play with any tempo, that obviously wasn’t coached that was just us being pedestrian, not asking questions of Notts County at the back, of their defence, and we just let them play themselves into the game and get a goal. “Wishart dribbled in the box and gave it straight to their centre forward and it ricocheted and they tapped it in. “I thought in the second-half we were brilliant, I thought we had a right go. All I said at half time was go and have a go and we deserved to get something out of the game. “We should defend better and with the experience we’ve got in the side, we should get something. We didn’t produce that final telling pass in the final third which we’d have liked to. “We dominated the second half but we have to make sure we get at least a point as I a point would have been a good result for us. It was a chance to test ourselves against a top three and see how far away we are and in the second half we showed we’re not far.” 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 secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday to keep them third in the League Two table. Liam Noble returned to haunt his former club, of which he was captain, with the opener for the Magpies after 34 minutes played at the New Lawn. Lewis Alessandra was brought down in the FGR box but the referee opted to play the advantage, which resulted in Noble rifling home before celebrating avidly in front of the Green Devils fans Although Tahvon Campbell - also playing against his former club - equalised in the second half, Matt Tootle had the final say with a drive past FGR goalkeeper Brad Collins, which meant the Slug celebration came out in all its glory. Here is the reaction from Kevin Nolan, the Notts players, and the Black & White Army to the win in Gloucestershire. Kevin Nolan "I'm absolutely delighted and thought the win was well-deserved. The lads were magnificent and stuck to the gameplan brilliantly. "We knew they would have a good go a us in the second half and they put us under a bit of pressure. "Tahvon Campbell came on, scored a fantastic goal and then smashed one off the bar from 25 yards. A few weeks ago that would have hit Adam Collin on the back and gone in. "We limited them to few chances and, if we upped our quality on the ball when we won possession back, we could have punished them a lot more." Liam Noble "We knew we had to back up the point we got at Cheltenham. That looks like a massive point now. "It's a big three points but there are another nine cup finals to go and another 27 points to play for. "It's a massive nine games but we are going to take them as they come. "We have Mansfield next Saturday and everyone is looking forward to that. Hopefully we can get a full house and put in another strong performance." The players on social media The Black & White Army Craig Spencer: Not long got back and the lads dug deep and what a hit from the ,SLUG got soaked first half but @@@@ it 3 massive points. Dave Woolley: The win was the only important thing today. I didn’t fancy it too be honest. Just hope we can build on this now and get some real form back. Well done lads. Marcus Brown: Phew! 1st one since Boxing Day, been a long wait. We now sit nicely in 3rd putting pressure on the teams below us again. Keep it up Notts!☺ Jay Dalton: Still say we'll finish second said this pre season coyp Nolan's super notts black white army Mick Jones: Excellent result just need to follow it up next Saturday with another 3 points. Andrew Rayson: WELL DONE NOTTS...I’ve put this in capitals so that the “only praise allowed, ban criticism and honest opinions” brigade of plastic fans can clearly read this warranted praise. Adrian Wheatley: Funny where have The Mansfield and Luton Town fans gone who have been commenting on here over the past weeks coyp Shane Bostock: I hope those that were slagging noble off b4 kick off r happy now. 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.
  4. Liam Noble has vowed not to 'take his foot off the gas' following his contribution in Notts County's 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. The former FGR captain opened the scoring at the New Lawn and celebrated vigorously in front of his former fans in the first half. Although Tahvon Campbell - a former Magpies loanee - drew the hosts level, Matt Tootle slugged the ball into the back of the net to give Kevin Nolan's side all three points. Noble has had to be patient in terms of game time following his return to Meadow Lane but is now eager to build on his start in Gloucestershire. "We have a squad of players all fighting for the shirt and there will be a few lads who were disappointed not to play [on Saturday]," he told the official Notts site following the League Two win. "They will be back at it next week when we come in to training and I am going to have to be, too. If I take my foot off the gas then I won't be in the squad, it is as simple as that. "If I am off it, I am sure the likes of Steady, Shola or Smudge will say 'You have only had one good game, get on 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.
  5. Notts County secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday to keep them third in the League Two table. Liam Noble returned to haunt his former club, of which he was captain, with the opener for the Magpies after 34 minutes played at the New Lawn. Lewis Alessandra was brought down in the FGR box but the referee opted to play the advantage, which resulted in Noble rifling home before celebrating avidly in front of the Green Devils fans Although Tahvon Campbell - also playing against his former club - equalised in the second half, Matt Tootle had the final say with a drive past FGR goalkeeper Brad Collins, which meant the Slug celebration came out in all its glory. Relive the key moments from the match with the official Notts County YouTube highlights, which we have shared here on Pride of Nottingham for you. Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  6. Kevin Nolan is "absolutely delighted" with Notts County's 2-1 win at Forest Green Rovers and feels the victory was "well-deserved". The Magpies had not won away since Boxing Day and it looked like Saturday's League Two game at the New Lawn was going to finish as a draw following goals from Liam Noble and Tahvon Campbell. But County managed to claim all three points when Matt Tootle struck a late winner and kept the visitors third in the table, with their automatic promotion hopes still alive and kicking. "I'm absolutely delighted and thought the win was well-deserved," Nolan told the official Notts site. "The lads were magnificent and stuck to the gameplan brilliantly. "We knew they would have a good go a us in the second half and they put us under a bit of pressure. "Tahvon Campbell came on, scored a fantastic goal and then smashed one off the bar from 25 yards. "A few weeks ago that would have hit Adam Collin on the back and gone in. "We limited them to few chances and, if we upped our quality on the ball when we won possession back, we could have punished them a lot more." 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 have claimed another vital three points in their quest to secure automatic promotion from League Two thanks to a 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn. Former FGR captain Liam Noble, not very well liked at Nailsworth following his defection back to Meadow Lane last year, was true to the match script as he haunted his former club with the opening goal for the visitors. The Magpies began brightly against a sloppy FGR backline, with Elliott Hewitt coming close early on when he saw his shot deflect across goal and just wide of the post. Adam Collin then had to be alert to keep out a Reuben Reid effort on 20 minutes but the hosts' risky defensive ploy of passing the ball out from the back ended up costing them on 34 minutes. Stead dispossed a defender on the edge of FGR's area and the ball made its way via Jorge Grant to Lewis Alessandra, who was brought down by goalkeeper Brad Collins. As the ball broke free, the referee opted to play the advantage and it proved to be the right call as Noble was on hand to seize the loose ball and tap into the empty net. The Magpies continued to launch attacks as Alessandra found the side-netting with a shot from a narrow angle and Stead curled a left-footed effort wide, but 1-0 is how it stayed at the break. Mark Cooper's side was more with it after the restart as Chris Clements forced Collin into tipping a shot around the post before Gavin Gunning nodded over the subsequent corner. Tahvon Campbell's introduction then helped Forest Green draw level as he was put through in the Magpies area and kept his composure as he fired into the roof of the net from a narrow angle. Notts set about trying to get ahead again and duly found the winner when Alessandra played in Matt Tootle, who rifled the ball through a crowd of bodies and into the far corner before unleashing the famous "slug" celebration. Matty Virtue then had a glorious chance to add a third for Notts after being put through by Grant but the Liverpool Under-23 captain's sidefooted effort could not beat Collins in the opposition net. Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  8. Former Notts County defender Haydn Hollis has warned his Forest Green Rovers teammates not to switch off for a second in Saturday's League Two clash at the New Lawn as the Magpies "always score late goals". The 25-year-old came through the ranks at Meadow Lane and made upwards of 100 appearances for Notts between 2011 and 2018, but was moved on by Kevin Nolan in January as he linked up with former boss Mark Cooper in Nailsworth. Hollis was an unused substitute in the reverse fixture back in October as Notts fought back from a goal down to claim a last-gasp 1-1 draw thanks to Rob Milsom's 96th-minute leveller. "I was on the bench that day and I thought Forest Green were probably one of the best teams I'd seen at Meadow Lane this season,” he told the official FGR website. "From what I saw before to what I see now, we look a lot more solid and organised. We've brought players in that are a little bit different to what was here before. "I think we can get something out of the game. I think we've proven that playing Coventry, Crawley, teams that are up and around them and we've been better than them. "That comes down to us executing the job the manager puts out there so as players we can take a little bit of credit for that but the manager as well put a great game plan together against Crawley. "[Notts] always score late goals. They've got a good set of lads there and a good self-belief. If you look back, they score lots of late goals and keep going and are mentally very good. "Their strike force probably has 200 Premier league games each, they are very experienced and know how to play the game." 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. Head to head Notts County and Forest Green Rovers have met just twice in competitive action and the Green Devils have not beaten the Magpies yet. The first game came in the third round of the FA Cup on 19 January 2010, and it ended in a 2-1 win for the Magpies at Meadow Lane. This season is the first that both teams share the same league, and the reverse fixture - also at the Lane - ended 1-1 with Rob Milsom scoring an injury-time leveller. Saturday's game marks the first time that the Magpies head to FGR's home, the New Lawn Stadium. Stats and trivia Forest Green have gone five games without losing in League Two; they are yet to go six without defeat since joining the competition. Notts County are winless in six away games in all competitions and have won just two of their last 16 on their travels. Forest Green, who came back from a 3-2 half-time deficit to draw 3-3 away at Newport in midweek, have recovered 17 points from losing position in League Two this season, the most of any side in the competition. Notts legend Lee Hughes spent the 2014-15 season at Forest Green, scoring 15 goals in 42 games. Liam Noble's two spells at Notts came either side of a spell at FGR, while ex-loanee Drissa Traore also spent time at the New Lawn. Former Magpies manager Mark Cooper is currently at the helm of the Green Devils, while former Notts defender Haydn Hollis now plies his trade there. Opposition history Forest Green Rovers were founded in October 1889 by Reverend E. J. H. Peach, the local Nonconformist church minister, representing the Forest Green area of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. The name Rovers was adopted in 1893, and the following year the club were founder members of the Mid-Gloucestershire League, the first association football league in the county outside Bristol. After the league folded in 1902, Forest Green become members of the newly formed Stroud League and also members of the Dursley and District League which they won in 1903, the club's first silverware. After a break for the First World War, Rovers enjoyed a period of great success winning two football leagues and three cups in both 1921 and 1922. They then joined the newly formed Gloucestershire Northern Senior League with Cheltenham Town among others in 1922. Rovers joined the newly formed County League in 1968 and played under manager Peter Goring for the next 11 years, moving up again to the Hellenic League in 1975 under his stewardship. In 1982, Rovers achieved fame at Wembley winning the FA Vase 3-1 and at the same time winning the Hellenic League and moving into the Southern League Midland Division. Seven years later a struggling Rovers outfit was renamed Stroud FC but this alienated a lot of people connected with the club, until the arrival of Trevor Horsley in 1992 saw the name changed back to Forest Green Rovers. After finishing eighth in the Southern Division under Frank Gregan in 1995–96, they won the division the following season, earning promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern League. The 1997–98 season then saw FGR them win the Southern League Premier Division, securing a second successive promotion and entry to the Football Conference. FGR finished in the relegation zone in 2005 and 2010, but both times were handed a reprieve when Northwich Victoria and then Salisbury City were demoted for non-footballing reasons. The club was then taken over by Ecotricity owner Dale Vince, at which point the team improved until finally sealing promotion into the Football League last season. Team news Forest Green top scorer Christian Doidge limped out of Tuesday night's 3-3 draw with Newport with an ankle injury and is a doubt for Saturday's game. Notts, meanwhile, are still without Ross Fitzsimmons, who escaped from a car crash on Monday unhurt but is going through the head injury protocol. Share your thoughts about this match preview on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  10. Kevin Nolan has stressed that Notts County must respect a Forest Green Rovers side who can "beat anyone on their day" ahead of their League Two encounter this weekend. The Magpies travel to The New Lawn on Saturday to face a FGR outfit that have won their last five home outings and moved seven points clear of the relegation zone. "Forest Green have been fantastic at home since the turn of the year and can beat anyone on their day," Nolan told the official Notts site of the opposition, managed by former boss Mark Cooper. "We're well aware that we have to go there, respect them and earn a result. "Mark has recruited really well and has done a fantastic job getting them up last year and making it seem so simple to stay in the league this year. "They are a strong side and play good football with two fantastic strikers in Christian Doidge and Reuben Reid so it won't be an easy one. "But if we turn up and do what we need to do we 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.
  11. Notts County midfielder Liam Noble has stressed that he is more experienced and mature compared to his last spell at Meadow Lane and is eager to repay Kevin Nolan and Alan Hardy's faith in re-signing him. The 26-year-old left Notts in 2016 to join Mark Cooper's Forest Green Rovers and helped the Green Devils to promotion from the National League, as well as earning himself the captain's armband. Noble's spell at the New Lawn ended somewhat acrimoniously, however, as he was ruled out indefinitely due to a medical condition before being released by mutual consent, citing a desire to be closer to his family in the North-East. Now re-signed by Notts, Noble insists he is a "fresh" new player and a different proposition to the card-happy, temperamental footballer he once was. "I'm buzzing to be back," he told the official Notts site. "I had a good chat with the manager and his staff to make sure I was willing to work to the high standards they set every day, which I was always going to do. "I looked up to the manager when he played for Newcastle. He was a top-class midfielder so I knew his standards were always going to be high and you can see that in training. "The lads know when to have a laugh but once we cross the white line for a match or training, we are switched on and giving 100% day in, day out. "It's a good place to come to work every day. Not much is similar to when I was last here. It's become a totally different club in the time I've been away. "I need to repay the faith of the manager and the chairman for bringing me back because some people will question the move. But it'a fresh club and a fresh Liam Noble. "I dropped down to the National League, which was a hard league to get out of, and I had a different mentality going into games. "I was in a good place and played a lot. I only got booked seven times and didn't get sent off. "I'm more experienced and mature now. I'm 26 years old so I need to get my head screwed on. "Come January it's my time to shine and help the rest of the squad keep us up where we want to be." 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. This story has really refused to go away ever since Notts County were first linked with Liam Noble back in the pre-season – yet the club has taken it a step further by officially signing him on a free transfer after he was released by Forest Green Rovers earlier in the week. Friends had been telling me how Noble’s re-signing could be a beneficial thing for us, usually followed by the ‘especially if Jorge Grant goes back to Nottingham Forest in January’. However, for me this is a mere assumption and I really can’t see Jorge Grant being recalled because although he’s done well, he’s not quite the moulded League Two player we know he can be, so why would Forest consider recalling him for the Championship? It just seems like one of those weak reasons to justify a return of a player given more chances than a cat has lives. I’m really sick of this! The news is extremely disappointing and I fail to make sense of the decision behind capturing Noble's services yet again. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve said or written it, but I fail to see how he can be of any use after he failed to help a struggling League Two team. And the fact that he signed another deal with Forest Green just a short 3 months ago, it seems even more bizarre that he has decided to ask them to tear up his contract – especially after going on video and saying just how delighted he was to extend his stay there until 2020. Speaking to the FGR website had Noble said: “I'm delighted. There was obviously a lot of speculation over the summer but I am a Forest Green player and happy to be here to go again for another few years "We won at Wembley and I wanted to stay. As soon as I spoke to the chairman and manager about a new deal it was a no brainer to stay because I think the club are going places.” It’s ironic how quickly things can change once you're staring non-league right in the face again. The word unimpressed would be the easiest way to explain how I am feeling, yet it goes beyond that – I’m disappointed and I feel that the risk is such a huge gamble that it really doesn’t make much sense. Kevin Nolan spoke about wanting players to be at Notts, he wanted them to be passionate and focused – how much will Noble adhere to this framework? "We are trying to find out if certain people are available and if they want to come here but, like last season, there will be nobody here who does not want to be here," the manager said. How long until Noble decides he doesn’t want to be at Notts? He’s shown already that he’s quite fickle when it comes to football already. Besides reading through Twitter, I noticed a friend Keith Waterfall had mentioned something quite striking – he wrote: "In my opinion Kevin Nolan looks at Liam Noble and sees Kevin Nolan." This really struck me, as the two are very much alike and if you cast your memories back to Nolan’s days at West Ham United – you will recall him being sent off near Christmas after committing a foul very similar to the one Noble made before Mark Cooper sent him home during his last spell at Meadow Lane. Don’t get me wrong, despite the level of frustration that I am feeling, I am more than willing to give Noble another chance, but I am nervous that the type of person he is will come back to haunt Notts. As I have said, I don’t question his ability but I do question his attitude, along with his approach to the game, because it’s quite clear that he wants to be playing higher than he is and there are demons quite obviously there when he doesn’t get what he believes a person of his talent deserves. He’s not the type of player I feel sets a very high example, and even after Notts chairman Alan Hardy attempted to throw fog onto the speculation by tweeting a fan “Liam who?” and then later “That boat has sailed, don’t worry.” – it just seems all rather bizarre. If we have signed a player that will give his all, avoid silly challenges and focus on being a team player – who can use his ability to help the club (rather than himself) then fair enough. And hopefully Nolan will understand how to deal with someone like Noble, however I just hope that it won’t backfire or create friction within the camp. We already have competitive midfield players deserving of a chance to start, so I really wonder how this move will work out. We can only assume, yet I understand why there are people even more annoyed than I am about this. We’ll have to wait until January to see how things pan out, we need to focused on the league and ensuring that we are fighting to maintain our current form – as it’s already been an amazing journey this season and I would hate for silly politics to derail us as it always seems to be the case. 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. Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper has denied that he feels let down by Liam Noble's return to Notts County. The 26-year-old departed the newly promoted League Two club earlier this week, citing a desire to move nearer his family in the North East. As it turned out, Noble was then pictured training with the Magpies and, on Thursday afternoon, Notts announced that their former player was now on their books again. The summer saw a tug of war between Notts and FGR over Noble, with a fee of £100,000 bandied about, only for the midfielder to pen a new three-year contract at the New Lawn. Now Kevin Nolan’s side have got their man for nothing, but Cooper says he feels no animosity towards the former Sunderland man. “Liam had a medical condition which he said meant he had to be near his family in the North East,” he told BBC Radio Gloucester. “We have a duty of care and we decided to help Liam out with that. Because of the medical issue and the need to be around his young family, we decided to let him go. “I don’t feel let down, football is football. He’s moved on and we’ve signed a really good midfielder in Isiah Osbourne. “Liam will take his time. He can’t play for them until January. Let’s see how he does, he’s got to get in their team first. “Once Liam had demanded to move to the North East and his heart wasn’t in playing for us, we ripped the contract up. "He had a three year contract, so we’ve saved three years worth of money.” 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 hailed his Notts County side for showing their “inner strength” to help preserve their unbeaten record at Meadow Lane. The Magpies put in a meek showing against Forest Green but managed to claw a point thanks to a 96th-minute equaliser from Rob Milsom on Saturday. FGR, managed by former Notts boss Mark Cooper, led for more than an hour courtesy of Omar Bugiel’s opener, but left Nottingham having had to share the points in a 1-1 draw. “We didn’t play well, but we showed we have inner strength and belief that you can get something no matter how bad you are playing,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We always say try to stay in the game for as long as possible because you never know what can happen. “They did that. We all weren’t great. We just waited for that chance and when it came along, we put it away. “In the end we got a great result when we looked like we were heading for defeat.” 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 have slipped to second in League Two after a 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. The Magpies struggled against their opponents, who prop up the Football League, and needed a last-ditch goal from Rob Milsom to salvage a point after Omar Bugiel had edged Mark Cooper's side into the lead in the first half. Here is Chris's analysis of yesterday's game at Meadow Lane. Was the result fair? Some opposition fans like to call me biased on social media, however this may come as a shock to them but Notts County honestly robbed Forest Green Rovers yesterday. FGR deserved the win, and although their time wasting really did bite them back – they should have left with all three points. How did Notts play? Awful, I can’t sugar coat it and I simply refuse to try. Defending wasn’t acceptable at all, we allowed Forest Green to simply pass straight through us and largely without any sort of challenges to win the ball. It was very disappointing, and very difficult to understand how a team that has worked so hard in recent months have simply fallen apart in the recent games. I spoke about how Forest Green Rovers had a good midfield in my scouting report and we simply failed to match them – in terms of effort, desire and professionalism. How did Forest Green Rovers play? I felt depressed writing the scouting report, yet despite my opinion on their defence FGR played very well. They looked much tighter at the back, and easily in control from there on – their midfield worked hard to control and win the ball. This for me was very impressive, they appeared to be well organised and performed like a team quite far from the foot of the League Two table. Defensively, they did crumble with pressure and this was something else I pointed out but their time wasting stung them in the end. Did our tactics work out? Not at all, we simply refused to play the ball on the ground yet again. This for me was largely annoying, as there were times when we strung a few passes together and looked half decent – even within the first half. Yet someone would always tend to rush it within the final third and I believe its time certain players warmed the bench a little. I’m sorry, it looked like we had no tactical awareness. How did the referee perform? Aside from the inability to control the game, spot a blatant hand-ball, lack of overview to what could have been a serious head injury and of course a lot of time wasting from the FGR players (mostly their keeper, and when taking throw ins) – I guess you could say ‘well that is why he’s a former Premier League referee'. He was absolutely dire and quite lethargic in every sense. Who do we play next? Barnet – They’re a capable side on their day, and a team which shouldn’t be where they currently are. These will work hard just like Forest Green Rovers did – so Notts must focus on playing the ball on the floor. How should we play them? Keep the ball on the floor, pass it nicely but keep it simple. Notts have a tendency of overplaying it at times and the forcing of open play can be a real issue – there’s absolutely little need to pressure ourselves, so just take our time and build properly. In the recent games against Mansfield and FGR, Notts haven’t really been building from the back and as a result the defence has looked shaky from little pressure. Against Barnet this needs correcting, so take time to pass it out wide – get a feel of the ball and move with confidence. We will need to use the flanks as a way to inject pace against The Bees – however Notts must enjoy the holding possession and its times like this I wished Kevin Nolan would focus a little more on the passing phrases we create. Chances should come, and if we play hard enough the rewards will be clear for all. Just need to avoid another bad game, as this could set in and really the players need to believe in themselves – they’re capable of winning as we have seen great results already. Forest Green fan comments (from FGRForum) Coyler: The fact we are gutted about drawing against the league leaders shows that we may of turned a corner. Sounded like we were good for the win. KMB back involved , point at the league leaders and we got a few winnable games coming up. Positivity is needed. The Jovial Forester: Sickener late on but sounded like a hell of a performance. FGR-Ledge: Well done lads, that was cruel indeed, would have snapped your hand off for a point before hand though. Looks like we are up against bent referees as well!! 7 minutes added time!!!!!!!! Lady Magpie: What a shame about the injury time equaliser, mind you I would have had a draw before the start of the match. At least we are out of the bottom 2 in the league. Foggy: We brought on a substitute during time added on, which means the minimum of five minutes will be extended by the referee, tough but that is the rule. Garyjj: Absolutely gutted on the way back where is our luck? We were more than matching top of the table notts county and one moment of madness and it's only one point, deserved so much more. Tommyd: Fantastic result just gutted by the late goal. Would never have expected this. Was important not to lose today and keep the belief after the win midweek. Away points are going to be precious so well done to the lads. Share your thoughts about this tactical analysis 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.
  16. Rob Milsom has revealed that Kevin Nolan had given the Notts County players "a kick up the backside" during the break in their League Two game with Forest Green. The Magpies did not replicate the stunning form that saw them shoot to the top of the table in September as the visitors came mighty close to leaving Meadow Lane with all three points. Omar Bugiel had given FGR the lead and they maintained it until the 96th minute, when Milsom struck a late equaliser for a final score of 1-1. Milsom said Nolan had given the players a verbal dressing down at half-time because he was unhappy with the level of performance. “We got a kick up the backside at half-time and we should have done as well because it wasn’t good enough,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve set ourselves a standard and we need to keep to that. We just can’t drop off. “We had a poor result against Mansfield last weekend and we needed to make amends against Forest Green. “But we were especially poor in the first half and at the end of the game he just said it wasn’t good enough. “He said we are going to work hard in the week to put a few things right and then hopefully we will come back and put in the kind of performances we were doing a couple of weeks ago.” 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. Despite having to reflect on the Forest Green Rovers game quite early, I wanted to take time to reflect on the game – which like most Notts fans I wasn’t very impressed with. There’s no denying that we have had a great start to the season, and along with Kevin Nolan picking up the League Two Manager of the Month award for September it really does highlight the amazing progress we have made so far. However, it's not been nice seeing us struggle to a side that is at the foot of the table and seeing a lot of issues within the game which honestly continues to nag me now. I can write the last two performances off quite easily, yet I strongly feel that the past two games are a wake-up call and that the club must go back to basics, whilst working hard on the training ground just to iron out the last two performances. Kevin Nolan himself has openly admitted that the players simply didn’t turn up against Forest Green, whilst also adding recently that ‘nerves’ may have affected the team’s performance. During his post-match interview, he said: "I'm relieved, fair play to the lads, they persevered and got their rewards in the end with a well-worked goal. "I don't think we turned up today, which is disappointing. A lot of lads didn't have one of their better days but the togetherness they showed got us over the line and earned a point, which they can take a massive lift from." Don’t get me wrong here, I found it hard to celebrate the goal because it felt like we had dropped points. I honestly don’t believe we deserved the goal, despite having worked harder towards the end of the second half. I feel we robbed Forest Green Rovers, and I just hoped for a better response after Mansfield. I’m unsure how there’s anything remotely uplifting about the performance, it’s not a massive lift – again we as fans have been let down. Certainly we are still in a very good position and I’m not remotely wanting to be negative, yet I urge a sense of realism because the progress made simply can’t go to waste. The hard work which has seen us turn around the massive land slide of last season has brought a lot of optimism and I really am enjoying the season. That said, I can’t ignore the backwards steps we have made and just how poorly Notts County defended against Forest Green. "As a management team we will sit down and think of ways we can help the players, I just felt on Saturday we went away a bit from the tempo we usually play at. We played to Forest Green’s instead and we didn’t exploit their weaknesses." Nolan added. For me it was a complete role reversal, and FGR made us look like the team stuck at the bottom of the League Two table. We had little tempo, going forward we looked like a side without confidence or faith within their own decision making on the field – whilst at the back we just allowed a side that does have a very capable midfield to look even better. However, I do agree with Nolan that we simply didn’t exploit Forest Green's weaknesses and their defence is exactly that – we should have been pressuring them but instead we ended up pressuring ourselves. Are we in trouble? I wouldn’t say so but I am concerned about how we have failed to respond after the stagnated performance against Mansfield – this weekend’s result feels worse in a way. I just don’t want to see the hard work undone, however this would be typical of Notts County. It’s just after all the recent issues within pre-seasons we must not underestimate the current progress, and it will require more focus from letting it slip – I hope each player believes that we are capable of containing this success of this season. Now let’s bounce back by regaining our focus, Barnet will be a difficult test for Notts but Meadow Lane can be the encouragement the players require at this point in time. 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.
  18. Notts County have confirmed that Liam Noble will rejoin the club on an 18-month deal on January 1. The 26-year-old, previously on the books of Notts County, was club captain at Forest Green Rovers last season as they won promotion to League Two. Noble made 11 appearances in all competitions this season, but has not featured for Mark Cooper's side since the loss to Swindon on September 22. He subsequently left Forest Green Rovers on Monday citing a need to move closer to his family in the North East of England. Pride of Nottingham broke the scoop by publishing pictures of the midfielder apparently in training with Notts on Thursday. Later in the afternoon, the club confirmed the news, saying in a statement on the official website: "(Noble) will sign an 18-month deal on 1 January. "As his contract with his former club was terminated outside the transfer window, Noble will not be able to sign for the Magpies until it reopens in the new year. "He will be eligible to play for Notts from the home fixture against Crawley Town on 6 January and, in the meantime, will train full-time with the club and feature in reserve matches." 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 expressed his delight with Notts County re-signing Liam Noble but insists that it's "a different club" now to when he was last at Meadow Lane. The 26-year-old, who recently left Forest Green Rovers, put pen to paper on an 18-month deal at Notts and will be available for selection as of January 1. “I am delighted to sign him,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “The circumstances of his departure from Forest Green are between him and them. “For me, he is somebody we chased in the summer and were willing to pay a lot of money for him. “I had a chat with him on Wednesday to see where he was at and what he was doing. “It was then down to me to make a decision with my staff as to whether Noble comes into the team and makes it better or does he weaken it in the dressing room or on the pitch. “I think from speaking to the lad, I think he’s going to be a good addition and I believe we can improve him in a lot of areas. “He’s got a long wait before he makes his debut, but it’s a different club now. “We’ve made clear to him that there are standards he has to stick to and raise. “He can’t bring them down. It’s a nice thing for him to be able to come back and prove a lot of people wrong. Hopefully that’s what he will do." 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. Unattached midfielder Liam Noble is training with Notts County, according to a report. The 26-year-old's Forest Green Rovers contract was cancelled by mutual consent on Tuesday with the club citing his desire to be closer to his family in the North-East of England. Noble's departure from Nailsworth has led to much debate among Magpies fans over whether the player should return to Meadow Lane. A source at the club's training ground has sent us two pictures of what appears to be Noble in training alongside the Notts players. Noble is presumed to be the man in the centre of the pictures, standing next to the free kick mannequin. This season's training kits appear visible in the photos. Noble was subject of a number of bids from Notts over the summer which went up to £100,000, which were rejected by the New Lawn outfit and led to a war of words between the clubs' chairmen. The maverick midfielder can only sign for a Football League club in the new year, but is currently free to sign for National League clubs not restricted by the rules of the transfer window. 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 admitted that nerves may have got the better of his Notts County players against Forest Green on Saturday. The Magpies seemed a shadow of the side that enjoyed a near-perfect September as they fell behind to an Omar Bugiel goal and stole a 1-1 draw via a late Rob Milsom equaliser. “As a management team we will sit down and think of ways we can help the players,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I just felt on Saturday we went away a bit from the tempo we usually play at. We played to Forest Green’s instead and we didn’t exploit their weaknesses. “We seemed a bit nervous and we want to take that away from them. They have to realise they are at the top of the league for a reason – and that’s because they are good players. “They do the right things more often than not. Nerves are when I first walked through the door in January and you are second from bottom.” 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.
  22. Notts County have somehow claimed a point from the jaws of defeat on Saturday as their League Two game with Forest Green Rovers ended all square at Meadow Lane. The division's bottom side took the lead on the half-hour mark through Omar Bugiel and held on until the sixth minute of injury time, when Rob Milsom nodded home for a final score of 1-1. The result means that Magpies have slipped to second in League Two, with Exeter City reclaiming top spot. Here is what the Notts boss, some of the players and several fans had to say following the game. Kevin Nolan "I'm relieved. Fair play to the lads, they persevered and got their rewards in the end with a well-worked goal. "I don't think we turned up today, which is disappointing. A lot of lads didn't have one of their better days but the togetherness they showed got us over the line and earned a point, which they can take a massive lift from. "A lot of people would have been coming here today expecting us to win 3-0 or 4-0 but this is a very tough league and anyone can beat anyone. "We weren't great – we know that – but we kept ourselves in the game and put the chance away when it came to turn a defeat into a point. "I'm frustrated because I know we are a lot better than what we've shown today but when you score in the 94th minute, it shows the lads have an inner steel about them and I am delighted with that." Rob Milsom "It was an important goal and we needed it because we didn't have the best of performances. I'm glad we've got something out of the game. "We rightly got a kick up the backside at half-time because it wasn't good enough in the first half. "We've set ourselves standards now and we can't drop off. We had a poor result last weekend and needed to make amends today. "We weren't brilliant in the second half either but we kept going and hopefully that point can mean something come the end of the season." The players on social media The Notts fans (from the FGR match discussion) Allardycestash: We just got everything all wrong, Kevin Nolan has tough decisions to make about a select few players who so far do not warrant a starting position at all. Upthepies: It was a frustrating game against Forest Green. I was impressed by how good they looked on the ball, very calm and collected within their passing. If anything I am annoyed that Notts looked like the side struggling for form and after the Mansfield game I expected better. I am sure Kevin Nolan will correct the performances but even the basics we failed with yesterday. 1-1 against them is not worth celebrating at all. Liampie: I thought we looked worse than we did during any point of last season. What was with the passing and defending? every time we looked able to get back level, someone would lose the ball or give it a way poorly. the defending was awful because nobody really did it. DangerousSausage: FGR played some nice football and looked a good footballing side, but that doesn't get you far if your defence switches off at crucial moments. A glance at the table suggests this wasn't the first time either. It's a shame we didn't ask more questions of their defence before the 96th minute. Chris: I have to give FGR credit, they played well and looked a capable side. Their midfield made it very difficult and did well at pressing us back. I was very disappointed with the lack of marking and responsibility in terms of defending. They was there for the taking to be honest (as we seen in the second half) but we just performed badly. Very dire performance, and I felt the referee was very poor. 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.
  23. Rob Milsom's stoppage-time header has helped Notts County preserve their unbeaten home record as they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Forest Green Rovers at Meadow Lane on Saturday. The Magpies midfielder connected with Matt Tootle's cross and nodded beyond Rovers goalkeeper Sam Russell in the 96th minute to dramatically cancel out Omar Bugiel's first-half opener for the visitors. Notts were incredibly average throughout the game and were very lucky to escape with a point, though the result saw them slip to second in League Two as Exeter City reclaimed top spot. Pride of Nottingham was at the match and took photos of the fans before, during and after the game. Have you made it into this week's Faces of PON? Check out our gallery and find out! Share your thoughts about this week's Faces of PON on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  24. Kevin Nolan has described himself as "relieved" after his Notts County charges claimed a point in a barely deserved 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers today. The Magpies put in a flat performance as League Two's bottom side led for the majority of the game, through Omar Bugiel's strike on the half-hour, and more than held their colour at Meadow Lane. Just as everyone in the home stands had all but resigned themselves to defeat, Rob Milsom netted in the 96th minute - with five minutes of added time previously announced - to claim a result. "I'm relieved," Nolan told the official Notts site. "Fair play to the lads, they persevered and got their rewards in the end with a well-worked goal. "I don't think we turned up today, which is disappointing. A lot of lads didn't have one of their better days but the togetherness they showed got us over the line and earned a point, which they can take a massive lift from. "A lot of people would have been coming here today expecting us to win 3-0 or 4-0 but this is a very tough league and anyone can beat anyone. "We weren't great – we know that – but we kept ourselves in the game and put the chance away when it came to turn a defeat into a point. "I'm frustrated because I know we are a lot better than what we've shown today but when you score in the 94th minute, it shows the lads have an inner steel about them and I am delighted with that." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.

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