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  1. Jorge Grant says he has "improved so much as a player and as a person" following his loan spell at Notts County. The Nottingham Forest attacker has enjoyed two bright loan spells at Meadow Lane, in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign and the entirery of last season. With County's 2017-18 campaign now over, Grant has returned over the Trent but posted some kind comments about the club and the fans. “Big thanks to everyone at Notts County for the last 18 months,” the 23-year-old wrote on Twitter. “Improved so much as a player and as a person! Sad to say goodbye to everyone today. “Thanks to everyone behind the scenes and the fans for all the love and hate. It honestly has been a pleasure.” 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. Jorge Grant is hoping to make use of Meadow Lane as a fortress on Friday night in a bid to overcome Coventry City in the second leg of their League Two playoff semi-final. The tie is evenly poised at 1-1, though it should be a goal up to the Magpies were it not for the referee's outrageous decision to award the Sky Blues a late penalty in the first leg. However, Grant remains positive, both of County's performance at the Ricoh Arena and the prospect of being still in the tie ahead of welcoming Coventry to the San Sirrel. “I am happy we are still in the tie,” the attacking midfielder told the Nottingham Post. “We had a game plan and we executed it really well. “It’s now all guns blazing on Friday and what we’ve got to do is put our home record to good use. “I think every team that has come to Meadow Lane has found it really difficult. We’ve built it into a fortress and hopefully that will go in our favour.” 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 right-back Matt Tootle has been named the Supporters' Player of the Season for 2017/18. The 27-year-old has enjoyed a superb season in the black and white stripes thanks to his displays which combined dynamism with consistency. Tootle is also a fan favourite thanks to his eccentric, loveable personality, as shown by his quirky "slug" goal celebration which he has used several times this season after chipping in with a few strikes. Off the pitch, Tootle has also raised awareness of mental health issues, having faced and overcome his own battles, which has inspired and helped out many people within the football sphere who could relate. Notts County's awards ceremony took place on Sunday evening at Meadow Lane, with upwards of 170 guests in attendance. Here are the other winners from the night: Community Champion: Michael O'Connor Lifetime Achievement: Colin Slater Goal of the Season: Noor Husin (vs. Crewe Alexandra) Golden Boot: Jorge Grant Players' Player of the Season: Jorge Grant 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 given his thoughts on Notts County's upcoming League Two clash at Grimsby Town and confirmed that Jorge Grant is in contention to make the squad. The loanee was out with an ankle injury as the Magpies ran out 4-1 winners over Yeovil Town last weekend but has made a swift recovery. With so much resting on Saturday's trip to Blundell Park, Nolan is pleased to be able to call on his top scorer as Notts seek to get into the top three. "Jorge trained today and everything is fine," Nolan told the official Notts site on Thursdsy. "We feared the worst when it happened, but he’s a good healer and he’s got that determination. "He took a few hits today, so I’m confident he’s back and raring to go. Jorge was rightly named in the PFA Team of the Year. He’s been brilliant all season long and you want players who have contributed as much as he has available to you. "The lads have put themselves in a fantastic position to put the pressure on and we’ve secured a playoff place, which is an unbelievable achievement considering where we were 15 months ago. All we’ve got to do is keep winning. We want to build momentum, have a strong end to the season and we’ll see where we are. "But we’ve got Grimsby in the way. They’re not mathematically safe and it’s their last home game of the season, which always has a good feeling about it. It’s another tough one - but it’s another we’re looking forward to." 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. Jorge Grant has been named in FourFourTwo magazine's top 50 EFL players of the season. The 23-year-old, on loan at Notts County from Nottingham Forest, has scored 18 goals and claimed eight assists in 50 games in all competition this term. Although Grant's form has tailed off since the turn of the year, with just two goals in 2018, his blistering form in the first half of the campaign has nonetheless seen him claim a place in FFT's rankings. "This Forest youngster is loving life on loan from across the Trent, netting 16 goals from a wide-left position in the opening half of the season," the outlet wrote. “With fine close control, he temps full-backs into making some naive challenges and also boasts a nice stash of reverse passes. However, Grant's supreme match-winning attribute is his knack of sneaking in at the back stick to tuck away those loose balls." Here is the list in full: 50) Danny Rose - Mansfield 49) Charlie Wyke - Bradford 48) Jarrod Bowen - Hull 47) Liam Moore - Reading 46) Matt Taylor - Swindon 45) James Collins - Luton 44) Luke Freeman - QPR 43) Tom Broadbent - Bristol Rovers 42) Brett Pitman - Portsmouth 41) Gary Hooper - Sheffield Wednesday 40) Jorge Grant - Notts County 39) Ben Pearson - Preston 38) Mo Eisa - Cheltenham 37) Bartosz Bialkowski - Ipswich 36) Junior Hoilett - Cardiff 35) Danny Hylton - Luton 34) George Saville - Millwall 33) Ezri Konsa - Charlton 32) Jon Nolan - Shrewsbury 31) Erhun Otzumer - Walsall 30) Billy Sharp - Sheffield United 29) Adama Traore - Middlesbrough 28) Kieran Dowell - Nottingham Forest 27) Graham Carey - Plymouth 26) Josh Morris - Scunthorpe 25) Bayo Akinfenwa - Wycombe 24) Sam Johnstone - Villa 23) Joe Bryan - Bristol City 22) Billy Kee - Accrington 21) Charlie Mulgrew - Blackburn 20) Samuel Saiz - Leeds 19) Jack Marriott - Peterborough 18) Bradley Dack - Blackburn 17) Ollie Watkins - Brentford 16) Richard Keogh - Derby 15) Barry Douglas - Wolves 14) Nick Powell - Wigan 13) John Terry - Villa 12) Bobby Reid - Bristol City 11) Jack Grealish - Villa 10) Robert Snodgrass - Villa 9) Ivan Cavaleiro - Wolves 8) Sean Morrison - Cardiff 7) Aden Flint - Bristol City 6) James Maddison - Norwich 5) Tom Cairney - Fulham 4) Matej Vydra - Derby 3) Ruben Neves - Wolves 2) Diogo Jota - Wolves 1) Ryan Sessegnon - Fulham 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. Wycombe Wanderers defender Joe Jacobson has described Notts County midfielder Jorge Grant as "probably the best player in the league" this season. The Nottingham Forest loanee has made 39 League Two appearances this term, scoring 15 goals and registering five assists. Although Grant's form has tailed off in the second half on the season compared to the barnstorming first half, Chairboys man Jacobson is still wary of the threat posed by the Magpies' leading scorer. Ahead of Friday's meeting, he told Bucks Free Press: “He’s a very good player and I think he’s got the recognition he deserves this season. "He’s probably been the best player in the league so I’ve got to make sure I’m on top of my game. “I’ve played against a lot of good players in my career so it will be another challenge for me to have a good performance against a player who is very highly thought of, so it’s something that I’m looking forward to.’’ 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. Jorge Grant has claimed that his season at Notts County has gone better than expected and insists he is close to reaching his individual targets. The Magpies midfielder, on loan from Nottingham Forest, scored his 18th goal of the season last weekend as he came off the bench to help inspire a 2-0 win over Stevenage. Grant scored 16 goals before Christmas but then experienced a barren run in front of goal which now seems to have been put to bed, but he still feels he can improve. “It (the season) has gone better than I expected,” Grant told the Nottingham Post. “I set myself targets and I’ve nearly reached both of them in terms of goals and assists. “That’s a good thing when you set targets high and hit them. “I still think I can improve. I’ve been inconsistent recently, but before that I was happy with my performances and they were up there most week. “When the goals aren’t coming people think you have not played well, but I’ve had the odd game where I’ve played well and not scored. “I’ve developed here massively. I am much more mature off the pitch as well as 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.
  8. Notts County attacker Jorge Grant has hit out at the fans who have criticised his performances in recent weeks and insists that he thrives on pressure in terms of performances and scoring goals. The 23-year-old came off the bench against Stevenage last week to net the opening goal in what ended as a 2-0 win. The goal was his first since his all-important equaliser at Lincoln City in mid-January, a long wait for his 18th of the season, and he celebrated by putting his fingers in his ears. “I was just blocking out the haters with the celebrations,” Grant told the Nottingham Post. “Me and the missus were watching some Vines and there was a lad who put spoons on his eyes to show that he wasn’t paying them attention. This was my way of just saying I am just getting on with the job in hand. “Sometimes what people says does affect you. When you are not doing well and you know you’re not doing well, then when people tell you, that’s when it does affect you a bit more. “I just try to get on with it, but it’s hard when your mate says ‘have you seen this?’. Some of the comments are quite funny actually so I do laugh. “But there are some when you think 'I’ve got to prove him wrong or him wrong'. That’s life I think. Everybody doubts you in a way, so you’ve just got to go out there and prove it.” “I think with the start I had everybody expects me to score goals. From a winger’s perspective, it’s not often they score as many as I have already this season. In that way it’s very pleasing, but I like pressure. “I want people to be on at me and wanting me to do things more and more. I'd rather it be that way than people say 'he’s not scored that many, so it’s okay’. When people put that pressure on you, you thrive 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.
  9. Kevin Nolan has expressed his happiness with Jorge Grant returning to goalscoring form for Notts County. The 23-year-old midfielder scored his 18th goal of the season on Saturday as he broke the deadlock in an eventual 2-0 win over Stevenage at Meadow Lane. Nolan had admitted last week how Grant was annoyed at his lack of goals in 2018, having netted 16 times before the turn of the year, and revealed how he had a tough week prior to the game. “I spoke about Jorge before the game but he’s had a tough week with his family which I won’t go into,” he told the Nottingham Post. “He is a young boy who is learning a lot and this is his first full season. He is learning a lot and he has been unfortunate because when we have needed him to step up and try to get us out of a hole, he’s been one of the eight or nine in the hole with them. “But we are all together and working hard to get back out of it. Saturday was a clear sign that we are starting to scrap our way out of it. “I am delighted with that and Jorge’s attitude was fantastic. When he came on, he looked really good and had that clear mind back. I thought he took his goal fantastically well and I was delighted for him.” 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. Notts County have claimed a much-needed three points in a 2-0 win over Stevenage in Saturday's League Two encounter at Meadow Lane. Jorge Grant came off the bench to open the scoring on 77 minutes, with Shola Ameobi adding a second three minutes later to make sure of victory. The opening stages of the game brought about opportunities for both sides as Luke Amos bundled the ball into the side netting and Ben Hall sent an effort over the Boro bar. Ben Kennedy and John Goddard then tested Adam Collin with tentative chances, while at the other end Elliott Hewitt headed over from Terry Hawkridge's delivery. Neither side could find the breakthrough by the half-time mark, despite Jonathan Smith's shot which went wide, another Goddard effort, and Jon Stead volleying off target from Matt Tootle's cross. The second half brought about more incisive play from Notts as Stead, Hawkridge and Carl Dickinson weighed in with chances. Smith then spurned a good opportunity for Stevenage when he was well placed in front of goal but sent a volley straight at Collin, while at the other end Hawkridge's over-hit cross had to be palmed over by Tom King. Finally the breakthrough came 13 minutes from the end as Grant struck a superb volley into the bottom corner of the net after Stevenage had struggled to deal with Richard Duffy's ball into the box. And three minutes later came the clincher as Ameobi bravely prodded in a header from Hall, getting a knock for his troubles although he was fine to continue. The result sees the Magpies climb to fourth in the table and narrow the gap between themselves and third-placed Wycombe Wanderers to one point, though the top three all have a game in hand. Share your thoughts about the game 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 admitted that Jorge Grant is getting frustrated due to his downturn in form but stresses that Notts County can't just rely on him all the time. The 23-year-old has scored 17 goals this season but only one has come this calendar year, which has coincided with the Magpies also stumbling in League Two. Nolan has addressed Grant's form in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's meeting with Stevenage but wants each player to take full responsibility. “Jorge has played a lot of games and he is getting a little bit frustrated because he is not in a rich vein of scoring form,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “But it’s not just down to Jorge. We can’t just look to him to get us out of it all the time. “It has to be a collective responsibility and there are too many of us who are under par week in, week out. “That’s why we are getting these inconsistencies. You can afford to have two or three, but when you are at seven or eight, then it’s not good enough for us. “We have to find the right solutions as quickly as possible. Once we do I am sure we will get that confidence high and you will see the best of the boys 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.
  12. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has revealed that he left Jorge Grant on the bench against Carlisle United because he has looked "a bit jaded" over the last few weeks. The attacking midfielder has impressed for the Magpies for the majority of this season, as well as the second half of last term, but has appeared somewhat off form in recent games. Grant was thus benched for the 2-1 win over the Cumbrians on Tuesday night although he did come on as a late substitute. “This is Jorge’s first full season and over the last few weeks he has looked a bit jaded,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We are trying to protect him a bit and there is nothing else in it. We want to try to keep him as fresh as possible and get him back to being the best Jorge Grant he can possibly be. “He has played a lot of games and when we have been taking lads in and out, he’s not been the one who has been rotated as much. “It was probably time to have that sort of rest and the option of having him on the bench. “And when he does come off the bench, he does have an immediate impact like he did against Chesterfield and Exeter earlier on in the season. “We want to see the best Jorge Grant going into the final stretch of the season.” 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 thanked Nottingham Forest for confirming that Jorge Grant would remain at Notts County on loan until the end of the season. The youngster spent the second half of last season at Notts and returned this term alongside Ryan Yates, the duo instrumental in the club's rise to the upper echelons of the League Two table. Forest decided to recall Yates last week and ship him out on loan to Scunthorpe United, causing friction among the Notts fans plus anxiety regarding Grant's immediate future over the Trent. However, owner Alan Hardy went on to confirm that Forest - new manager and all - will let Grant stay put until the end of the campaign and Nolan was pleased with the outcome. “I am delighted to have Jorge here until the end of the season,” the Magpies boss told the Nottingham Post. “With everything that happened with Ryan, we had that fear that Jorge would be going back to go to a number of clubs in League One. “But Jorge said he wanted to stay and Forest were really happy for him to stay too. “We thank Forest for helping us with Ryan at the beginning of the season and we wish him the best of luck going forward. “And we thank Forest for allowing us to keep Jorge so we can continue helping him with his development so that he goes back a better player and he is closer to the first team.” 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 hopes of seeing Nottingham Forest send more players on loan at Notts County. The Magpies have made use of Jorge Grant and Ryan Yates this season and both have been a revelation for the club. Although Yates was recalled by the Reds, Grant is to stay at Meadow Lane until the end of the campaign. “We hope there will be a couple more coming from over the road,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “If they keep coming over, going back and winning new contracts that says we are doing something right. “I am delighted we are trying to build better relationships with the new owners and the new manager so we can work together. “Not only will it help Notts move forward, but help Forest’s players move forward as well. We’ll see what happens.”
  15. Notts County say they have been given confirmation by Nottingham Forest that Jorge Grant will be able to stay on loan at Meadow Lane for the remainder of the season. Grant spent the second half of last season at Notts and returned this term alongside Ryan Yates, the duo instrumental in the club's rise to the upper echelons of the League Two table. Forest decided to recall Yates last week and ship him out on loan to Scunthorpe United, causing friction among the Notts fans plus anxiety regarding Grant's immediate future over the Trent. However, Alan Hardy has now stated that Forest - new manager and all - will let Grant stay put until the end of the campaign. “I would like to place on record my thanks to Forest for confirming that Jorge will be staying with us," Hardy said on the official Notts site. “He has been a pivotal figure for us, scoring 17 goals, and this confirmation comes as a huge boost as we look to take our excellent form into the latter part of the campaign. “We appreciate Forest trusting us with Jorge’s development and look forward to having him with us until May.” 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.
  16. Kevin Nolan is hoping that Notts County's impressive work with loan players will lead to more clubs sending their up-and-coming prospects over to Meadow Lane. Jorge Grant and Ryan Yates have been a revelation with the Magpies so far this term - the latter sadly no longer with the Magpies - while over the last few years, the likes of Marc Bola, Jack Grealish and Callum McGregor have also thrived at the club. “I am hoping people can see what we are doing with these loan players,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “The ones we have taken from Premier League clubs have all gone back better players and gone on to better clubs, or gone back and got new contracts. “For me, I am absolutely delighted with that. It’s crucial for us because if we keep doing well with these kids and they keep going back speaking about us in a positive light. “Football is a small world and word soon flies round. Players would know they would be coming to a club who will look after their welfare on and off the pitch. “That’s what we will continue to do hopefully making them better while they are with us and when they go back.” 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 revealed that Notts County "haven't heard anything" from Nottingham Forest regarding Jorge Grant, who also wants to remain where he currently is. Grant and Ryan Yates joined the Magpies on loan in the summer and have been impressive, only for the latter to be recalled by his parent club. This led to fears regarding Grant's stay at Meadow Lane but Nolan has suggested that the club's top goalscorer this term may stay put until the summer. “We haven’t heard anything from Forest,” the Notts boss told the Nottingham Post. “We want to keep Jorge and he has come out and told everyone that he wants to stay here. “He feels that is better for his development which is great on our behalf. “Hopefully Forest can see in the year we have had him how far he has come and what he has done. “He’s been fantastic and we want to keep developing him. “We want to send him back in four to five months’ time so that he has got an even better chance of breaking into their first team. “If not then hopefully we can lend him again next year.” 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. So here we are in 2018. January, to be precise. A month where everyone's skint after a month of splurging on presents, food and general excesses, and a month where everyone promises themselves that they're going to carry through some resolutions, only to fail two weeks in at the first sign of winter malaise. In the world of football, however, it's pedal to the metal as not only are there plenty of fixtures to get through, but the transfer window reopens, cue players changing clubs and journalists working overtime to churn out all the latest rumours, about 90% of which are complete bovine doo-doo. Over at Meadow Lane, however, there is legitimate cause for concern over the status of two players, namely Ryan Yates and Jorge Grant. As you all know, they're currently on loan at Notts County from Nottingham Forest, and as far as everyone was concerned, the Reds had agreed to let the duo remain over the Trent for the duration of the season. But with Forest sacking Mark Warburton, it presents a possible dilemma as a new manager may decide to recall the two players either to give a go in the team - after all, they're hardly setting the division alight, and eight points above the bottom three in the form they're in is hardly reassuring - or potentially sell on. In a fan forum late last year, Hardy said: "Both players are on loan until the end of the season and, while recall clauses are in place, we are confident they will stay with us for the season." Indeed, the rumour mill has begun turning, with League One side Scunthorpe United believed to be interested in Yates and Championship Norwich City reportedly keeping tabs on Grant, cue nervousness from the Notts faithful. However, even in the worst case scenario where both Grant and Yates are taken off of County's hands this January, there is still solace in the return of two midfielders - one a re-signing, the other having been out for so long that he will feel like a new signing. I am, of course, talking about Liam Noble and Michael O'Connor. Now, obviously Noble and Occy are not like-for-like replacements for Grant and Yates - each player has different styles and characteristics, so let's take a look at how each of them play, as individuals and in the team. Grant is a skilful flair player who likes to take on people, while Yates is a classic box-to-box midfielder who is far better at going forward, and also distributes the ball well. Yates benefits from having experience by his side, it takes the pressure off his play and usually results in more confidence on his part. Both are vastly different going forward, Grant likes to force play, whereas Yates builds carefully and allows for the ball to be passed around. O'Connor is a natural leader, we have missed him in midfield despite the good start and although we are blessed in an offensive mindset, his experience will be a blessing. In games where we struggle to create chances, he will be that player needed to think outside of the box. Defensively he assists also, a massive part of his game which is underappreciated in my opinion. Noble is very similar to O'Connor, yet he's more self-minded - selfish almost - and will end up seeing the headlines before they are written, plus he's great at drifting into space. I feel because Noble is more an attacking minded midfielder who likes to run at players and show his directness, I think it cancels out a potential pairing with O'Connor. If Grant and Yates leave, Noble and Rob Milsom should be paired in midfield, they are more a balance between the lines - both can get forward but Milsom can do the defensive duties. Milsom has a good understanding when it comes to defensive positioning and I feel he links up well when trying to come out of our own half. O'Connor, meanwhile, can be utilised from the bench, or started as an attacking midfielder should Grant and Yates not be around at the Lane any more. Whatever January brings, Notts are very well equipped in midfield and it should remain one of the strongest areas in the squad, with or without Grant and Yates. 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.
  19. Kevin Nolan has suggested that Notts County would be in a strong position to sign Jorge Grant and Ryan Yates should Nottingham Forest put the duo up for sale. The two youngsters are on loan at Meadow Lane, having moved over the Trent with Mark Warburton's blessing, and have been instrumental in helping the Magpies surge up the League Two table over the last few months. However, Forest's decision to sack Warburton has led to concerns of a new manager at the City Ground potentially wanting to make use of Grant and Yates, thus recalling them from their loan stints, or even sell them. Nolan expressed his hopes of being able to hang on to the pair and, if they are put on the transfer list, claimed that Notts may have an advantage over other teams due to having been a great place for them to prosper. “(Grant and Yates) are thriving and that’s the main thing,” he told the Nottingham Post. “They will go back to Forest in the summer with lots of confidence which is why you go out on loan. “You go back to your parent club a different player and you then hope the management team sees that. “If it’s not meant to be over there then I am hoping we are the club they choose to come to. “I feel we are in a strong position in that sense but that will be down to Nottingham Forest to make the decision. “We can’t force that issue. All we can do is have a duty of care for these boys and to Nottingham Forest to make sure we are doing everything we can to look after them. “Hopefully they can see that because we have a lot of respect for them over the road. “We want to build a relationship because in a year’s time, who knows, we could be talking about other players thriving in this environment.” 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. Jorge Grant has admitted that speculation over his future may have been at the back of his mind over the last few weeks. The 23-year-old continues to impress for Notts County, taking his tally for the season to 16 with a brace in the 4-1 win at Morecambe on Boxing Day. Prior to the two goals at the Globe Arena, Grant had not scored in the league since a two-goal haul against Cheltenham Town on November 11. Grant's impact has been so significant at Meadow Lane that the rumour mill has gone into overdrive regarding whether he might return to parent club Nottingham Forest or get sold on. Although Forest have stressed that the attacker is not being recalled in January, speculation continues to circulate about his immediate future. “I haven’t been playing as well as I have done recently,” Grant told the Nottingham Post. “The goals were not coming as frequently as they were before, maybe that’s been the stuff off the pitch I’m not too sure. “I’ve been working just as hard and I’ve been concentrating on my football just as much but maybe in the back of your mind you do think about stuff like that. “But the gaffer and I sat down this week and we got everything off our chests. “I have that relationship with him where he says if you want to come and have a chat then you can do. He’s really good like 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.
  21. Kevin Nolan has admitted that speculation surrounding Jorge Grant's future has affected the attacker's form. The 23-year-old continues to be on form for Notts County, taking his tally for the season to 16 with a brace in the 4-1 win at Morecambe on Boxing Day. Prior to the two goals at the Globe Arena, Grant had not scored in the league since a two-goal haul against Cheltenham Town on November 11. Grant's impact has been so significant at Meadow Lane that the rumour mill has gone into overdrive regarding whether he might return to parent club Nottingham Forest or get sold on. Although Forest have stressed that the attacker is not being recalled in January, speculation continues to circulate about his immediate future. “There has been a lot of speculation about Jorge and I really do feel it has affected him,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “People have got to realise that he is a young lad still making his way in the game. “We’ve had numerous chats over the last week or so. I said let’s not worry about anything that’s going on. “Just worry about what you do on the pitch and when he plays with that freedom, as we saw at Morecambe, some of the stuff he does was absolute quality.” 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 returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion with a 4-1 win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena. Kevin Nolan made four changes to his side, taking into consideration the glut of festive games and also injuries to Shola Ameobi and Jonathan Forte. Matt Tootle, Carl Dickinson, Terry Hawkridge and Ameobi - who started the 3-3 draw with Cambridge United - made way for Nicky Hunt, Dan Jones, Liam Walker and Lewis Alessandra. The opening stages of the Boxing Day game in Lancashire were cagey but Notts were soon up and running with a 13th-minute breakthrough. Former Magpie Adam Campbell gave the ball away sloppily in his own half, which prompted an assault by the visitors. Lewis Alessandra edged into the box and cut the ball back for Jorge Grant to rifle home from 10 yards. Notts then doubled their lead on 21 minutes, the provider turning goalscorer when Morecambe failed to clear their lines from a free kick and Alessandra half-volleyed beyond Barry Roche.­­­­ The Shrimpers ended the half strongly as Andy Fleming twice fired efforts wide from 20 yards, Garry Thompson headed straight at Ross Fitzsimons from close range and Campbell volleyed a Thompson cross over from close range. However, Notts went on to add a third just before the hour when Grant exchanged passes with Jon Stead before sliding the ball past Roche. The rout was completed four minutes from time as Alessandra joined Grant in netting a brace, the winger scoring at the second attempt after Roche had kept out his initial shot. Although Callum Lang sullied County's clean sheet with a curling effort over Fitzsimons from the edge of the box, it would prove little more than a consolation for the beleaguered hosts. The result keeps Notts four points behind Luton Town, who won 5-0 at Swindon Town - County's next opponents - but crucially, it puts the Pies seven points clear of fourth place. 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.
  23. Jorge Grant has reiterated how much he is enjoying his time at Notts County after parent club Nottingham Forest confirmed they would not be recalling him in January. The 23-year-old, who played a big part in the Magpies surviving in League Two last season, has picked up where he left off in 2017-18, his 14 goals so far helping the club to the upper spots in the table and to the third round of the FA Cup. There had been concern over whether Grant's superb form would prompt Forest to recall him in January and make use of him to help the club up the Championship table, but manager Mark Warburton insisted he would not demand for him or Ryan Yates to return to the City Ground until the end of the season. Grant told the Nottingham Post after the FA Cup second-round win over Oxford City that he was looking forward to remaining at the club, as well as giving his thoughts on the 3-2 win over the non-league side. “I am just happy to be here,” he said. “I am relishing being on the pitch and I am enjoying my football. “We showed our character in the end against Oxford. The boys are really together and we do things outside of football and on the training pitch. We work hard and we are all together as a team. “From a personal perspective, the game was frustrating because we wanted to win and it wasn’t really going our way. “Then during the game I was trying to concentrate on not missing the target from two yards. “After there was just relief in that all of the hard work we put into the game both in the 90 minutes and the training pitch paid off. “They (Oxford) were always going to give 100 percent no matter what. It was never going to be an easy test and I thought they handled themselves well.” 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.
  24. Oxford City manager Mark Jones has spoken of his players' heartbreak in losing late on to Notts County in Saturday's FA Cup second-round encounter. The National League South strugglers were seconds away from reaching the third round draw for the first time, having pegged the hosts back twice at Meadow Lane. Deep into injury time, however, Jorge Grant scored on the rebound with virtually the last kick of the match to clinch a 3-2 victory and put Notts in the hat for round three. Jones told the Oxford Mail: “It was heartbreaking, there were a few tears in the dressing room. “The boys gave everything and we were obviously seconds away from a great result and getting them back to our place. “We thought we were going to be in the hat for the third round. It was so so close, and sometimes football and life can be cruel. “When we first started on this road away to Whitehawk in September we could never have imagined experiencing this. “I just wish we could have held on, because it would have been a fantastic achievement to be in the hat for the third round, but it was not meant to be. “We’ve got to get over it. We’re in a poor position in the league. We showed we’ve got more than enough quality about us not to be down there, but we’ll pick the lads up and stick together.” 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.
  25. Kevin Nolan has reiterated that Jorge Grant is a special talent as he continues to conjure up the magic for Notts County. The 23-year-old loanee registered his 14th goal of the campaign on Saturday as he helped the Magpies into the third round of the FA Cup. In the second-round meeting with Oxford City, Grant was perfectly placed in the box to smash home a rebounded shot in the 94th minute for a 3-2 win. “We speak to Jorge about it, it just comes to him in the box. It’s not him being lucky, it’s having a nous to be able to do that,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “For me, that’s what he is. He’s a special kind of player because even if he’s not having a major impact on the game, he can pop up with something. “He’s the furthest one out of the box and he’s the one who ends up scoring a goal and it’s a testament to what he does and the work he does on the training ground and he’s getting better and better. 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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