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  1. Approaching today's game against Swindon Town, Kevin Nolan has said that Jonathan Forte will start up front due to the injury suffered by Shola Ameobi. Forte offers something different in attack compared to Jon Stead and Ameobi. He is easily our fastest striker and at the minute our most prolific with two league goals, coming against Wycombe and Morecambe, and one in the Checkatrade Trophy against Everton. Pace up front is important in any league, especially in League Two. It can make all the difference, whether the striker in question is in the starting lineup trying to get you that early goal to set you up on the front foot, or coming on as an impact substitute trying to help the team get back into the game or grab a winning goal. Forte is very much key to us due to our reliance on long balls up to Shola. His pace means we can play it on the ground more and it allows the midfield to help in creating chances, whilst when we play long balls up to Shola, the midfield is always bypassed and never get a chance to show what they are like as players when we attack. Late in the game against Accrington he came on but we still persisted with plan A, which was long balls but this time it wasn't to Ameobi, it was to Forte himself. He is better suited to what happened for the second goal against Morecambe. Playing it on the ground. Providing through-balls which he can run onto and get in behind the defender. Defenders at this level hate pacey strikers. If we played the ball on the ground we could be a lot stronger and more chances will come game by game. Nolan says he doesn't want to pass for the sake of it, but if we used Forte's strengths to our advantage and we take into consideration how well we played, playing passing football in the second half against Accrington, we could be a very very dangerous side. The former Oldham man will be a very crucial player for Notts this season and could be the difference between playoffs or not. But we cannot judge him solely as an impact sub. 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.
  2. Kevin Nolan has revealed that a "ruckus" took place between himself and Rob Milsom over the midfielder becoming sloppy in training. The current Notts County Player of the Year made his first League Two start of the season as the Magpies beat Swindon 1-0 at Meadow Lane in midweek. Nolan has already spoken numerous times of a "frank discussion" with striker Jonathan Forte, and now he has revealed that something similar took place with Milsom. “Milly was unfortunate to miss five to 10 days of pre-season with a stiff neck and we brought in a couple of midfielders in in that time,” he told the Nottingham Post. “It wasn’t really difficult to keep him happy. He’s just had to wait for his chance. “We had a bit of ruckus a few weeks ago when I felt he was becoming sloppy in his training. “It showed in a game when we put him on. I feel he’s now training with the intensity and quality that made him player of the year. “It’s only a matter of time before he gets his run. He got his first game (on Tuesday). He’s made my job a lot harder.” 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. Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has given his views on his side's encounter with a "big, experienced" Notts County side on Saturday, which ended in a 2-0 defeat for the Shrimps. Meadow Lane was the venue as the Black and White army saw the Magpies face an opponent that had build up a reputation as a bogey team over Notts in recent years. Dan Jones opened the scoring for the hosts with a 27th-minute free kick which was curled expertly round the Morecambe wall and beyond goalkeeper Barry Roche. The visitors launched a fightback following the restart but their efforts were to no avail as Notts struck late on through substitute Jonathan Forte as he broke through and rifled home via the inside of the post. Bentley said to the Lancashire Evening Post: “This was always going to be a difficult game against a big, experienced side and our football was good at times but we just fell a bit short in the final third. “We did get in a couple of times in the first half but we didn’t take our chances and that proved vital in the end. “We should have scored from a well-worked corner and then the first time they had a shot on goal their scored from a great free kick and we were up against it again." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  4. Kevin Nolan has found himself praising his Notts County substitutes once again as the Magpies claimed a 1-0 win at Port Vale. With the League Two game evenly poised on a knife-edge, its solitary goal came through Lewis Alessandra, who came off the bench to score with his first tough, bundling home a Jorge Grant cross. The task of holding on to the lead was made all the more difficult after Shaun Brisley had to be taken off following a head knock and, with all three substitutions already made, Notts had to see the game out with 10 men. “I was delighted with the win and I spoke about it a lot in my recent press conferences and after games in that the lads coming off the bench were making an impact,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “Rob Milsom came on and was absolutely first class and really steadied us. He made a fantastic contribution. “Fortes and Lewis also played their part. If you look at Lewi he played right-back at the end after the injury to Shaun. “It’s not his position but was fantastic. We knew what to do when we went down to 10 men because we’ve practised it. “As soon as it happened, the lads knew exactly what to do and what their responsibilities are. “We leave no stone unturned and It’s a credit to the lads that they take it all on board. “It wasn’t the greatest spectacle but when you go away and you get a clean sheet and win 1-0, then it’s fantastic. “The fans will go away not remembering anything about the game, but knowing they’ve won the match.” 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. Kevin Nolan has hit out at suggestions that Notts County need reinforcements up front, describing the current strike force as "the best at the club in a long, long time." Many fans over the last few weeks have called for the Magpies to recruit a new forward, given the mixed form of the ones currently in the role, as well as their advancing ages, while Callum Saunders is believed to be more of a reserve-level player. However, Nolan thinks the current batch of marksmen are the envy of the rest of League Two, and revealed that many suitable strikers they've been in touch with over the summer either wanted huge money, priced themselves out of a move, or did not feel they could replace the first-team trio. He is quoted by the Nottingham Post as saying: “We’ve got the best strike force in a long, long, time at this club so everyone should be happy. “It baffles me because I think if it was any other club in this division, they would be delighted with the strikers we have. They wouldn’t be worrying, but apparently we are. “I did ring a lot of strikers over the summer and the quality we were looking at either went for big money, or pricing themselves out of a move. “If people think that I haven’t spoken about strikers, then they are completely wrong. But the reason why nobody has come in is because they don’t feel as if they can replace Jon Stead, Shola Ameobi or Jonathan Forte. "Then we’ve got Callum Saunders and Alan Smith which is great back-up. “I know there is a lot of talk about me playing Jonathan Forte but I didn’t have that complaint back in January when I first walked in through the door. “I am frustrated about being asked about a striker, because I feel we have enough. “It’s quite funny because everybody who has been promoted, apart from one team in the last 10 years, hasn’t had a 20-goal striker. “I’ve done my research and I know what I need. If I needed a 20-goal striker, Alan (Hardy) would have given me one – that’s how he works. “I am delighted with the squad I have. It is hungry, and I feel the more time they spend together, they will get better. “But if we have to revisit signing players again in January then we will, but it will be our decision and our decision only.” 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. Jon Stead has claimed that he knows exactly where Notts County fans are coming from when they say he should be out of the starting XI. The veteran striker got off the mark in the 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley, scoring from the spot, but many supporters believe he should be dropped to the bench in lieu of Jonathan Forte. In response, Stead told the Nottingham Post: “It’s not a tricky situation for me at all because I totally understand where fans are coming from. “Forts has come into games and got two goals. I get what they’re saying. “All I can do is my best on the pitch and work hard. I think I showed a real willingness to work hard and create things when I can against Accrington. “If it means I’ve got to harass and chase and do the ugly side when we’ve got good players who come off the bench and take advantage, then I feel I’m doing my job. “Forts has been fantastic. He’s probably disappointed not to start but while I’ve got my place I’ve got to do everything I can to keep it. “A goal certainly helps that. I think I’m doing the rest of the bits for the team, tiring opponents out to hopefully give Forts a bit more joy when he comes on. “It’s pleasing to score but the result overshadowed the goal.” 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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