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  1. 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.
  2. Matt Virtue has praised his teammates at Notts County for helping him out during his loan spell from Liverpool and is especially happy about Kevin Nolan's characteristics and man-management skills. Since arriving in Nottingham, the 20-year-old took a while to find his feet but is now fully integrated in the squad, making 12 appearances so far, and he is enjoying the dressing-room atmosphere. “All of them really (have taken him under their wing), I can’t fault any of them. All of them have been class," Virtue told the Nottingham Post. “Obviously it’s my first loan spell, they’ve all helped. Shola’s (Ameobi) an experienced head and he’s been a massive help, but all of them have been a massive help. I couldn’t really single any of them out. “What I’ve noticed about (Nolan), his man-management skills are really good. He gets the most out of his players like that second half performance at Colchester, he really got the best out of us and I’m really enjoying being underneath him, and learning quite a lot from him. “Hopefully, being on the end of a successful promotion run with Notts into League One and then see where it takes me in pre-season. I’ll go back to Liverpool in pre-season, work as hard as I can and see what happens from there.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  3. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has urged his players to "start standing up" and enjoy the pressure as they seek promotion from League Two. The Magpies have secured a playoff spot at the very least but, with two games remaining, there is still a plausible chance of nicking a top three spot, which would ensure automatic promotion into League One. “We’ve got to now start standing up,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve been a bit indifferent for a while now. I think it’s partly that people are starting to question (the players), so they want to show people. It could maybe be a bit of that. “For me, they’re working hard and just want to get success. They want success, this team. To be where we are at this moment in time, I’m absolutely delighted. “We’re still within a shout of getting automatic promotion, and we would have loved the play-offs at the beginning of the season; I’m delighted we’ve secured that now. “We’ve got to make sure we take momentum into it, and I didn’t realise we were only two points off Wycombe, now. It’s nice, isn’t it? “There’s going to be drama, I’m delighted with it and we’re going to enjoy it. I’ve told the lads to enjoy this, because these are the best times, you know – the best times of your life. “You’ll look back at these days. I still talk about the promotions I’ve had like they were yesterday, so it’ll be special. "After what we walked into last January, to be involved in all that come the end of the season is absolutely fantastic for these boys and what they’ve done this 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.
  4. Dan Jones has given his thoughts on Notts County's 4-1 win over Yeovil Town, the remarkable own goal scored by Glovers defender Tom James, the League Two playoff tilt and the atmosphere in the Notts camp. The full-back opened the scoring for the Magpies late in the first half of Saturday's game at Meadow Lane, before James's woefully miscued back-facing clearance doubled the hosts' lead. Elliott Hewitt and Lewis Alessandra added further gloss to the scoreline, with the final goal of the game netted by Yeovil's Alex Fisher as a consolation. The result sealed a playoff place for Notts, while automatic promotion as per a top-three finish remains more than plausible. The playoffs “It is great to be in the playoffs, but we’re going a game at a time. We can only look after ourselves and keep winning. “It’s nice to be part of a successful team - we have done really well. But we haven’t really thought about the playoffs yet. “It’s another win and we keep the momentum going. We can only look after ourselves.” The own goal “I had the free kick first and if the lad in the wall wasn’t eight foot tall that was going in. “But for the goal (Richard Thomas, assistant manager) has told me to get in those positions and get strikes off. “Luckily it came off and then I don’t think I’ve seen an own goal like that. “It was a mad one really and it was just our day really. “He’s done well to get back in to cut the pass out but he’s put it in the top corner so what can you say?” The atmosphere in the Notts camp “An air of confidence has come back. “Training has been good, bubbly, sharp and intense. Everyone is smiling and we’re looking like we were at the beginning of the season. “I love playing for the gaffer, the coaching staff and the boys. It’s a feel-good place with no negativity.” 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 says he is "absolutely delighted" to have steered Notts County to a playoff place in League Two and wants the Magpies to win the next two games and "finish off in style". Notts hammered Yeovil Town 4-1 on Saturday which, combined with other results, has guaranteed them a place in the top seven. With two games left, the Magpies still have a chance to claim an automatic promotion place, which Nolan is gunning for. “One of the staff made me aware when I walked back in after the game and I am absolutely delighted,” he told the Nottingham Post. “Everybody would have snapped your hand off at the start of the season if we would have been offered a play-off place. “But I am delighted for the lads because they’ve been brilliant all season long and I want them to finish off in style. “I want to win the next two games because you get your just rewards when you do 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.
  6. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has stressed that assessing the League Two table at the minute is pointless, with a lot to be determined in the final few games of the season. The Magpies face Yeovil Town in their penultimate home game of their season this weekend. Although the playoffs look like the most likely outcome for Notts, they're not mathematically certain just yet, while a top-three place is still up for grabs. “It will only matter on 5 May," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "We will know our fate then. "We could move up and down the play-off places or we could sneak into third if we win all three and others slip up. "There are so many outcomes there’s no point looking at it. All we’ve got to do is keep winning because we want to finish the season as strongly as we started it. “It’s going to be tough (against Yeovil). We look forward to what is going to be another good game - and hopefully a winning one. "Darren Way’s done a fantastic job. They’re more or less safe now, but they’ll want to put that to bed sooner rather than later. "They're a professional side but I'm sure they’ll enjoy it with the shackles off. "We were in that situation last year and it felt so much easier because there was no pressure to go and do anything.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Kevin Nolan is eager to see Notts County build on their winning run in League Two when they take on Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane on Saturday. The Magpies followed up their 2-1 win over Coventry City with a 3-1 victory against Colchester United at the weekend to move up to fourth in the table, though they have since returned to fifth following Tuesday night's fixtures. Exeter City are now fourth in the standings, while Wycombe remain third, five points ahead of Notts with three games left. A playoff place is now very likely for Notts, but Nolan is cautious of the threat posed by Darren Way's charges, despite their lowly position of 18th. “The last two games have been fantastic and we’ve had some good football,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve got another tough game against Yeovil this weekend and they’ve had some positive and good results against some big sides this season. “But we will be working hard and tirelessly to keep this run going. We want to finish the season strongly and see where that takes us.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  8. Kevin Nolan has spoken highly of Adam Collin's big throw, describing it as a "proper weapon", and hopes the goalkeeper can continue making use of it as Notts County seek a grandstand finish in League Two. The Magpies came from behind to beat Colchester United 3-1 away last weekend, with Collin setting off a number of quick counterattacks by launching the ball upfield. “I thought Adam was absolutely tremendous again,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He has got an arm on him which means he can throw it over the halfway line quite easily. When he uses it, it’s a proper weapon. “I’ve probably taken it away from him a bit because when I came here, it was about controlling the game and making sure he slows it game down. “But when he launches it, it gives us a lift and sets a bit of a tempo for us. “We spoke about it at half-time at Colchester and said that Adam would get the ball and try to release it quickly as possible. “But you’ve also got to remember the saves he made in the first and second half to keep us in the game. “The lads then went up the other end and got the goals we needed.” 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. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has hailed Jonathan Forte after the striker grabbed his third goal in two games against Colchester United on Saturday. The 31-year-old has endured extended spells outside of the squad but his equaliser spurred the Magpies to victory as they ran out 3-1 winners at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. It was the first time Notts have sealed back to back wins in League Two since last September and Nolan praised Forte for the impact he had on the game. "You can see he's riding the crest of a wave at the minute," Nolan told the Nottingham Post. "He kept Steady out, finished his goal fantastically and worked his socks off. "I'm delighted both he and Shola got on the scoresheet - and I thought Steady was terrific when he came on. "All three contributed, but Forte is showing what we all believed he had. Hopefully he can continue that form until the end 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.
  10. Richard Duffy admits that Kevin Nolan's half-time dressing room dressing down did the trick as Notts County ran out 3-1 winners at Colchester United on Saturday. The Magpies trailed at half time to Drey Wright's ninth-minute opener but scored three goals after the restart, through Jonathan Forte, Shola Ameobi and Richard Duffy, to seal victory in Essex. “We were not good in the first half to say the least and we didn’t do what we were told to do,” the team captain told the Nottingham Post following the League Two victory. “We have instructions and things on the board which tells us what we need to do to win games and we didn’t do any of it. “They hit the post early doors in the second half but apart from that and when we scored the goal, there was only going to be one team who won it. “I’ve seen the manager angrier but he said what he thought and I don’t think anybody could disagree with him. “He walked out and the lads got together and had a quick chat. We got some more instructions and gladly we came out and put in a performance. “We had intent, we got it forward and we won a lot more second balls. The back four got up and in the first half we didn’t do that. “They found pockets and were playing through us and big Adam Collin made a fantastic save to keep it at 1-0. “If you are not playing well being a goal down allows you to regroup at half-time and you go again. That’s what we did and we scored three good goals.” 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. Kevin Nolan was pleased with Notts County's second half performance against Colchester United, coming from a goal down at the break to run out 3-1 winners at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. The Magpies trailed at half time to Drey Wright's ninth-minute opener but scored three goals after the restart, through Jonathan Forte, Shola Ameobi and Richard Duffy, to seal victory in Essex. “We didn’t match the standards we set last week against Coventry,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I challenged them to get back to there and show what they have shown all season which is togetherness, character and spirit. “I just thought we looked off it and we allowed Colchester too much time on the ball. “When you do that with a good side they punish you and we were lucky to get it at 1-0. “But at the score you are always in the game. We did all the right things in the second half and I thought the goals were fantastic. “We got them at the right time and the lads’ character was brilliant in the second half.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  12. Kevin Nolan has admitted that he hasn't given his holidays a single thought as he seeks to finish the season strongly with Notts County. The Magpies are edging closer to sealing a playoff place, which would extend their campaign beyond the standard 46 games - although automatic promotion is still a possibility. Four league games remain for Notts, with Colchester United first up at the Weston Community Homes Stadium, and Nolan spoke at length about what is coming up for his team. “You sometimes get to this point in the season and look forward to the holidays, but I’ve not even spoken about one to my missus yet,” he told the Nottingham Post. “That shows how much work we are trying to put in and to finish the season strongly. “There’s no better feeling to win, especially when it’s deserved and with a performance like last week. Coventry are a really good outfit and Mark Robins was very complimentary about our lads after the game. “We knew we had to be on our mettle if we were going to secure the win. It was just the way we did it. When it went to 1-1 you think ‘here we go again’ and part of me felt that. But you look at the lads and to do what they did was fantastic. “But they’ve been flying this week in training and have been looking forward to the game. It’s going to be another difficult one but one we hopefully can enjoy, keep the winning run going and see what happens come 5pm on Saturday. "Colchester is a tough place to go and they played us really well here. We got away with one in the last minute and I did say to their manager that we did. “We are going to be prepared for them because they’ve got some very good strengths. As I say, we’ve noticed a few chinks in their armour and I hope we can expose them on Saturday. “I am just going to enjoy every minute of it. Unless I am going to be a top manager there are not going to be many times when you get these opportunities. I am really looking forward to the games and celebrating no matter what happens on May 5 because it’s been such a fantastic turnaround.” 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. Jon Stead has triggered a clause in his Notts County contract to extend his stay at Meadow Lane past the end of the season. The 35-year-old striker, who has scored 13 goals this term, had to play a set number of games and the Nottingham Post confirmed that he has passed the required target. Manager Kevin Nolan reiterated the news and paid tribute to Stead, who turned down a move to the United States last summer to remain with the Magpies. “Jon will be here next season,” Nolan told the Post at his pre-match press conference ahead of the League Two trip to Colchester United. “He’s been fantastic and is up there with Adam Collin, Richard Duffy and Elliott Hewitt in terms of their performances all season round. “I know he hasn’t had the goal output, but he has assists and has been involved in a lot of good stuff. “I am telling you if he was out of contract in the summer he would have a number of League One and League Two sides vying for his signature. We are very lucky to have 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.
  14. Kevin Nolan has revealed that he will be having a chat with Joey Barton in hope of persuading him to come to Notts County. Barton, who played alongside Nolan at Newcastle United, will be able to return to football in the summer once his 13-month ban for betting offences comes to an end. Although the 35-year-old is being tipped to join a Premier League or Championship team, the Magpies boss said he'd have a word with him and see what happens. “Joey and I are good friends and he’s also a good friend of Darren Fletcher (board member),” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He is a top player and a top lad. I really got on well with him and I think he describes himself as Joey on the pitch and Joseph off it. That’s his quote, not mine by the way. “I get on with both of them and respect both of them very highly. From my point of view he will probably want to play at a higher level. “If that doesn’t come to fruition then I am sure there will be a conversation between me and him in the summer. “If a deal can be done, then it can, but if not then we wish him well. “Let’s just see what happens. I am not ruling it out. It’s got to be right for the club, and most importantly it’s got to be right for the player. “I got on well with him at Newcastle and we are very good friends off the field and on it. “I don’t see it having a negative impact. It will only add more quality and positivity to the squad.” 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. Kevin Nolan has claimed that Notts County are ready for every possible outcome in terms of where they'll finish this season in League Two. With just four fixtures left, it's all up for grabs in the upper echelons of the table - the Magpies look likely to clinch a playoff spot, but automatic promotion is not an impossibility. Currently four points behind third-placed Wycombe Wanderers (who, like fourth-placed Exeter City, have a game in hand), Notts are still very much in with a shout, and Nolan is prepared for every eventuality. “We will see what happens come May 5, see where we are and then reassess,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “We will be ready for every possible outcome and we will give it a good go. “We are all going to give it 110 per cent and try our best to achieve what wasn’t set out to be at the start of the season. We’ve got an opportunity so why not dream and go for 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.
  16. Kevin Nolan has praised midfielder Matty Virtue for his performance against Coventry City. The on-loan Liverpool youngster was deployed on the right wing, despite the fact he usually plays in the centre of the park, in the 2-1 win over the Sky Blues. Virtue, who had received criticism prior to Saturday's League Two game, produced an impressive performance and was rightly lauded by the fanbase. “I thought Matty Virtue was very unfortunate because in every game he plays he usually gets a chance,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post.. “He didn’t get one on Saturday, but I was delighted for him because I thought he played very well. “He’s got a bit of Jorge about him in that he will get good opportunities. And I must say Jorgie looked back to his old self in that he did lots of hard work off the ball. But Matty was fantastic all game and so was Jorge.” 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. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has described Richard Duffy as his "most outstanding" player of the season and claims that "people giving him stick don’t know too much about football". The defender has flattered to deceive on many occasions this season but put in a good performance as the Magpies ran out 2-1 winners over League Two promotion rivals Coventry City at Meadow Lane. In recent weeks, some fans have been calling for Duffy to be dropped in favour of a central defensive partnership consisting of Shaun Brisley and Ben Hall. Nolan, however, says the former Wales international has had an amazing season in the heart of the back-four. “Duffer has probably been the most outstanding performer all season long,” he told the Nottingham Post. “He goes under the radar and some people give him stick. “I think it’s because the way he looks more than anything because he doesn’t look like a typical League Two centre-back who is 6ft 4in and heads everything. “I’ve been in the game a long, long, time now and I don’t understand a lot of the stick that players get. “People giving him stick don’t know too much about football. That’s my view on it because if you’re a footballer then you know what he brings to your team and what he does. “His reading of the game is first class and he’s been brilliant since I came in. His character and the way he leads people is a credit to him. “It’s a fantastic attribute he has got and that’s why he’s been ever present for me all season. "He has been one of the best players and he and Bris have had a fantastic partnership. “Then Ben Hall comes in and he has put them under real pressure to perform because he’s waiting in the wings.” 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. Leyton Orient midfielder Charley Barker will reportedly play in a friendly match for Notts County on Tuesday, according to Gloucestershire Live. The 19-year-old recently spent time on trial at Cheltenham Town, making three appearances for their reserve team. According to the local outlet, Barker is unlikely to feature in the Robins' Central League fixture at Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday, with County keen to have a look at him. Barker is on the books of the National League side as a third year scholar, but is believed to be attracting interest from several Football League clubs. Orient boss Justin Edinburgh is quoted by Gloucestershire Live as saying: “Charley has been made aware he will not be getting a pro deal at Leyton Orient. "So what we are trying to do is give him and others an opportunity to get ahead of the game and try to secure themselves a contract elsewhere." Magpies boss Kevin Nolan spent time in charge of Orient in 2016 and his assistant Richard Thomas was Barker's youth team coach at the East London club. 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. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has confirmed that his touchline dismissal against Wycombe Wanderers was punished by a fine. The Magpies boss was sent to the stands during Good Friday's goalless draw with the Chairboys when he protested a decision not to award Shola Ameobi a first half penalty. There was a fear Nolan would receive a touchline ban for the dismissal - which he said he would appeal - but he told the Nottingham Post on Monday that the punishment was financial. “I thought the ref and the fourth official for the Coventry game were great,” Nolan said. “The fourth official managed the game, he wasn’t a mute, he spoke and even when I didn't agree at least we could have a chat. “That’s all you want when, against Wycombe, we didn’t get that and now I am being fined for something when I don’t believe I should be. “I’ve heard back and got a letter through and it’s just a fine which is disappointing. “It does not even state a lot of things in the letter because there are a lot of things he can’t remember. “That just sums it up for me. I am a bit disappointed. But I might catch the chairman on the good day and ask him for a loan!” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  20. Kevin Nolan was impressed with Notts County's character and resolve as they got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Coventry City on Saturday. Pride of Nottingham-sponsored Jonathan Forte was the hero of the day at Meadow Lane with a crucial brace ensuring that Jordan Ponticelli's equalising flick would prove little more than a consolation. The result saw Notts end a run of four games without a win and reignited their promotion hopes, with a top-seven finish still very much on the menu. “I thought the lads were terrific and they got their rewards in the end,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I think the reaction shows just how big it is to get a result here for other teams given the way Coventry celebrated the equaliser. “But I thought the way we handled it, and that bit of quality and the goal we scored was fantastic. “We deserved it and we looked back to our old selves. We were really pleasing on the eye and it was a good reaction from the players. “I have spoken all season about the character this squad has and they’ve been questioned over the last few weeks and rightly so in some cases. “But we should never question what this squad have done for this club. They are standing up to the test and I am delighted for them. “We will go back to work Monday and look forward to another tough test at Colchester.” 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. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan says he has not heard back yet from the FA or EFL about whether he will face a touchline ban for being sent to the stands against Wycombe Wanderers. The Magpies boss was dismissed by referee Ben Toner during the goalless draw on Good Friday at Meadow Lane after protesting a decision not to award Shola Ameobi a penalty in the first half. If one does come his way, however, Nolan says he will dispute it and is confident of having it overturned. “I haven’t heard from them as yet,” he told the Nottingham Post. “But I don’t expect to be. If I do I will be appealing it because I think I have good grounds for it to be turned over once they hear my side. “I know I was in the right and the decisions I was asking for, the referee got wrong. There was no clarity from the fourth official, which is what he is supposed to be there for. “If you had watched me on Monday (against Accrington), there was no reaction to anything because the fourth official managed the bench as well as being in constant contact with the referee throughout. “I thought they were magnificent and I told them that after 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.
  22. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has warned that Coventry City will be desperate to bounce back from their 6-2 home loss to Yeovil Town when they come to Meadow Lane on Saturday. The Magpies, who sit fifth in the League Two table, will be taking on a side just two places and two points behind them. In addition, the Sky Blues - who beat Notts 3-0 in the season opener at the Ricoh Arena - boast the best defensive record in the division with 38 goals conceded in 40 matches. "You have to expect a reaction from them after the result they had on Monday," Nolan told the official Notts site. "Mark Robins is a good manager and a lovely fella. He and his players will make sure they get a response because they will be hurting. "But I want a reaction from my players after losing at Accrington on Monday and not winning our last home game. "Coventry have been fantastic away from home and still have one of the best defensive records in the league so I expect it to be a tight game. "We are going to need people to be confident, consistent and patient because our opportunities may not come until the last 10 minutes." 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.
  23. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has expressed his delight in being able to welcome Michael O’Connor back to action. The midfielder played the last 13 minutes of Easter Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley when he came off the bench to replace Noor Husin. O’Connor was playing a first-team Notts game for the first time since last April when he suffered a serious knee injury in a 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth. “I think I’ve spoken a few times about Occy and how amazing he has been with the staff,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “Credit to Tom Hallas the physio and his team who have worked tirelessly with Michael. “With the way Occy has gone about his rehab it is an absolute testament to the lad and our medical staff that he was able to have 15 minutes. “I am delighted for him and it has given me another selection headache. But it’s a massive bonus to have your captain back. “I was happy with him and you can see he brings that character and he got involved in a little few bits and bobs. “But it’s going to take him time and that’s why we wanted him to play those minutes because it’s another tick in the box. “Hopefully going into the next three or four weeks we will see a lot more of him. He will feature a lot more and regularly.” 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. I know I'm not the only Notts County fan who feels deflated following the last couple of months at Meadow Lane, seeing a side that, following full time in the New Year's Day win over Port Vale, was second in League Two - four points behind then leaders Luton Town and seven clear of fourth - now in fifth, seven adrift of the top three and just four above eighth. We've seen Notts put in superb performances this season and also grind out results, and it was superb to see - and obviously expectations rose as the prospect of automatic promotion, or perhaps the title, was a real possibility, and so having such hopes dashed is painful. However, this is where perspective and hindsight come into play. The bulk of the team this season is the same as that of last season - in 2016-17 Notts were punching below their weight for the first half, before Alan Hardy and Kevin Nolan arrived and lifted each of the players to punch above their weight, and indeed safety was ensured before the final day. This time round, the players got off to a flying start in the league (aside from the Coventry opener) and soon enough we were topping the table, and as the weeks went on, the Magpies continued to impress - still very much punching above their weight. But an EFL campaign is very much a marathon, and as it turned out, Notts might have led the pack early on, but the rigours of the 46-game season, plus all the other cup competitions, will take their toll on the players physically and mentally. From a transfer perspective, January didn't go to plan - losing Ryan Yates was a huge blow and I don't feel we've fully recovered from it; Mason Bennett was good but injury prone and unfortunately he got sidelined in his first full game; Matty Virtue has been sub-par, while Liam Noble and Noor Husin have been decent but not superb - and certainly not . I think only Ben Hall has been a legitimately great signing. Alongside losing Yates, the Bennett loan was also a massive blow, given how Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead could now not get their rest, and indeed they have completely run out of steam. But calling for Kevin Nolan to be sacked, as some people have been doing, is very much a joke, except for the fact they seem to be serious. Yes, Notts have all but fluffed automatic promotion; yes, Notts are in poor form and face a battle just to stay in the playoffs; yes, I'm not especially confident that they could succeed if they do finish in the playoffs. But would I have taken worrying in the top seven of the table rather than the bottom two? Absolutely. Do I think Nolan and Hardy will be wiser come the end of the season, whether we get promoted or not? Yes. And do I think both of them, plus the better players in the squad, would remain at ML and a summer of good recruitment could see Notts build on and have a team that could genuinely fight for promotion next season? Yes, I do. Pep Guardiola didn't meet expectations last season at Manchester City, finishing without a trophy. Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't much cop in his first few seasons at Manchester United. But they were afforded time, in spite of some braying fans calling for them to be sacked, and they went on to greatness. Nolan is a young manager and has a lot to learn - same as Hardy in terms of owning a football club. And it's not like we're fighting for our EFL life, like we were last season - worst comes to worst, we spend next season in League Two, we can add a few more pieces to the jigsaw, and we go again. All I know is, anyone calling for Nolan to be sacked is outright deluded - remember what happened with Keith Curle a few seasons ago? Gunning for promotion into the Championship, yet even that didn't seem good enough for some, and now what most of us wouldn't give to be there now. So be careful what you wish for, because as disappointing as things may seem now, they could be much, much worse. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. Kevin Nolan has claimed that Notts County would be “in a much better place” had Mason Bennett’s loan move from Derby County not been thwarted by injury. The striker joined the Magpies on the last day of the January transfer window but was forced to return to Pride Park after rupturing his hamstring on his first start for the club against Barnet. “You only have to look at the impact Mason had when he came on against Crewe, got his goal and hit the bar,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “He gave us something different to what we didn’t have. He is such a quality player and for his injury to happen in his first full start for us was a devastating blow. “If we had him, we would have been in a lot better place because of the quality I would have had at my disposal. “He gave us that lightning pace, and he was clever with it. He could carry the ball too and he was our main target in January. “We had to wait until the final hour to sign him, then a week later he is going back to Derby. “It was incredibly frustrating but that’s gone now. But I still feel we have a good enough squad to achieve what we want. What we’ve got to do is prove 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.

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