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  1. Notts County began the 2018-19 season with a point in a tricky and ultimately underwhelming 0-0 draw with Colchester United at Meadow Lane. The Magpies considerably strengthened their ranks over the summer with several high-profile signings rocking up at the club so the hope was of hitting the ground running against somewhat mediocre opposition. It didn't go that way though, with both sides looking rusty in the first League Two game of the campaign, and the outcome was a share of the spoils and a clean sheet apiece. Nathan Thomas came close when he controlled on the edge of the area before trying his luck with a superb chipped effort, but the opposition keeper was able to palm the effort away. Colchester, meanwhile, had several attempts to breach Ross Fitzsimons' clean sheet but in the end it was honours even. How did Notts boss Nolan and the fans react to the stalemate? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan on the game “There’s lots of positives to take from it. It wasn’t the free-flowing, absolutely fantastic game or fantastic performance, but what we have seen is lots of things we can take out to be excited about.” The Black and White Army Liampie it was okay for the first game but if kn wants fans to give their complete backing he needs to get them playing football. there was a lot of negativity flying around and i think the performance burst a few bubbles but its early. Samwatto2008 Really disappointing performance from Tootle. Really let the defence down today, caught out too many times letting Szmodics run free. He also failed to release Boldewjin a number of times and failed to utilise his strengths. Overall though I am happy with a point against Colchester as they will be pushing play offs this year. Think if Norris came on or started this would have been a different game. Stead put in a lot of effort which saw him get an applause when subbed but he was missing and just isn't going to find form this season I don't think. Thomas looked quick and sharp, Hemmings also. Not sure which CB I would drop at the moment though as Hall needs to be in. Heart says Duffy, Head says Brisely. Happy with areas of the game though and there is still lots to work on. The Heff It looked like a team that was new with playing with each other, I think several players was nervous and found it hard to lift their performance accordingly. KingKev It wasn't as bad as some are suggesting, Notts did play well in spells but too many players had an off day. Menzinho I think Colchester will be pushing for play-offs this season, so all in all not a terrible start to the season. The expectation was high, but as we've seen through pre-season no-one's really got going yet and the wayward passes coupled with some terrible first touches made it feel like just another pre-season game. Very hard to really gauge anything from the match, Cambridge away will be interesting though, both teams should be going for the win... CliftonMagpie It's early days, but I felt like Notts was quite relaxed and never focused on pressuring Colchester. They looked a good side and I would be more positive if I was a U's fan, Notts just needs to focus more on passing forward. Ian Ale Goode no excuses we was rubbish end of let's hope we improve big time Mick Jones Need to give the team time to gel and that won't happen overnight. Also the likes of Hemmings and Dennis and a few others have yet to reach full fitness yet. My only real concern is that we're still poor at the back with no real changes having been made in that area of the team. Jimmy Gee Poor start to season. Should be playing to a plan from kick off... there was none! Cecil Richardson Stead is not a target man why cannot Nolan see that Dave Woolley Should have played Dennis with Hemmings from the off. Then if Dennis got tired change it. There was no way we were going to win a battle in the air.... Steve Blyth Never first to the ball and to be honest half of them didn’t look fit !! Dan Simpson It's tough to pass the ball around though when they do and everyone starts moaning because it's not going forward. If you want Notts to play football... Michael Rimmingtom 100% crap ok first game but expected better. Play football not hoofing the ball and hoping for the best. Still a points a point. Alex West Think we missed husin. Hewitt was poor. Vaughan was ok but lacked the options. Boldewjin was targeted but created the most. It will come together I'm certain of that. Just a quick note - we lost 3-0 first game last season. Antony Staples Poor... long ball doesn't work for the players we have!! Nick Norman First game don't panic. They are favourites for a playoff place Ian Ale Goode total rubbish new team same old tactics get a grip Nolan no team work hoof the ball back passing was rubbish one chance to score all that money spent and no improvement Michael Hill Frustrating, Dennis is wasted. Noones looking to find the strikers Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  2. Notts County were robbed of victory at Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena as Kevin Nolan’s men had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their League Two playoff semi-final. The Magpies led through Jonathan Forte’s deft second-half finish and looked on course to record a morale-boosting victory to put them in pole position for Wembley. However, "referee" Gavin Ward incorrectly adjudged Matt Tootle to have felled Tom Bayliss in the area and awarded a penalty to the hosts much to the disbelief of the Notts contingent. Marc McNulty stroked home the spotkick, sending Adam Collin the wrong way, to send the Sky Blues into next Friday’s Meadow Lane showdown on level terms. Here is how the Notts contingent reacted to the Coventry Screwjob. Kevin Nolan "It's been taken away from us by a referee, by a really really poor decision. That buoys the crowd and players, he misses a blatant handball too. Is he trying to even it up? Probably. "We shouldn't have been in that position, we knew it was going to be tough, with the conditions and everything else, but we should've been coming away with a 1-0 but the referee has made a howler. "I've just said to the lads, you obviously feel robbed and we would've taken a 1-1 before the game if we'd been handed it, but the circumstances have made it more disappointing." The Black & White Army Chris: First half it was frustrating to see how much respect we gave Coventry, I mean we didn't seem to have any sort of active game plan. It was a case of hoofing it all the time, even when the ball could have been played on the floor. I know the conditions were shocking but hitting the ball forward in hope that Stead or Forte could get control over it never seemed likely to work. Besides, Coventry managed to retain the ball on the ground even in areas where the water literally stopped the motion of play - so why couldn't we? Second half we played with a bit more of a plan and the game simply changed it all, we grew in confidence but I think we should have pushed harder for a second. The penalty decision is beyond stupidity, there's no credible reason why the referee gave it - it's just absolutely insane that he believed it was fair foul. The player, slipped and then went down like a sack of spuds. There was no discussion over the decision, I actually think he had a very good line of view but decided to ignore 'common sense'. I'm confident that we can lift our game and push on, we need to be stronger at home and us fans need to make ourselves known. Disappointed but not overly bothered now, stupid decisions seems a common thing for us - we move past it. COYP! Hissingdwarf: I think the team played to Nolan’s brief for the whole match. First half, keep em subdued and tight defending in all areas, second half, attack and push on. Worked well apart from dismal ref decision. Michael Belshaw: Unfortunately this has been happening for a few seasons now.The quality, or lack of, refs has gone down.Also what is the point of linesman,sorry assistant referees,they are incapable of making a decision. Richard Thompson: To add , why do goalkeepers simply flop to the floor and give up on pens and dive the wrong way? You can bet your ass if it's a free kick 1 yard outside the penalty area they will dive the right way??? Colin Metcalf: Yet another **** ref which the spineless money grabbing tossers at the EFL will do **** all about. Mark Rogers: how anyone can make a decision on the penalty from the away stand where we were sitting at the other end of the stadium, as opposed to where the referree was right on top of it, is ever so slightly beyond my comprehension?? Scott Weatherbed: Fix Chris Jordan: Notts set up for and played this spot on. Robbed of a goal advantage tonight but heads should be held high after a cracking performance. Carl Webster: To be fair we were ****... we can’t keep the ball Paul Bruce: Forte was also kicked off the ball towards the end. Grant Redwood: Robbed Darren Handley: Cheating Coventry wankers and the **** of a ref who got bullied most of the game by their fcuktard fans buckled under pressure prick David Skelding: The penalty was an awful decision but when you sit back too long things like that can happen. I'm happy with the draw and make us favourites now. Luke James: outrageous get the fa on it now worst ref decision for a long while Richard Thompson: Time for refs to be brought into disrepute 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.
  3. Notts County threw away the chance of making the top three in League Two with one game to spare after falling to a 2-1 defeat at Grimsby Town on Saturday afternoon. The Magpies laboured at Blundell Park and fell behind through Nathan Clarke's first-half strike. Kevin Nolan's side then looked to have secured a point as Dan Jones stabbed home with only a minute left on the clock. However, the Mariners were not to be denied and substitute Jamille Matt headed a winner in the third of five added minutes to slam the door firmly shut on County's top-three ambitions. With third-placed Wycombe Wanderers winning at Chesterfield, it meant that the Chairboys won automatic promotion to League One alongside champions Accrington Stanley and second-placed Luton Town. How did the Notts contingent react to the defeat? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan "We huffed and puffed all day but didn't really put them under enough pressure. "We didn't use our game plan effectively enough and deserved what we got. "But I've been proud of the players all season long - they've been fantastic. "It would have been lovely going into the last game of the season with half a chance of being promoted, but we've had a fantastic 17 months." The Black & White Army Chris: I've been told that it's been a very disappointing result, however inconsistency can creep into play and this is what I am going to label it down too. I'm not disappointed at this stage about missing out on the autos, I'm looking forward to seeing how things pan out in the coming weeks. Grimsby are a fighting team, they're a side very capable of matching or even out playing any side on the day. Just hope we can start to find some sort of consistency going into the playoffs, as we will need it - I do think form goes out the window there too. Fan of Big Tone: I’ve got to say I was disappointed, nay gutted, I was hoping it would go down to the last match and we creep into the automatics but isn’t it great to have an exciting end to the season for a change? Whatever happens it’s been a great season. David Pratt: Did say a few weeks ago Wembley here we come Martyn Coyle: On to the playoffs, great 1st full season in the Hardy era COYP! Lewis Jackson: The referee today was by far the worst I've seen all season, and I've seen some really poor refs, but however the team simply wasn't good enough today too many sloppy passes and negative football.. Liam noble worst player on the pitch Rosemary Sanders: Done well this season but not well enough . Do the players really want Division one ?? Adam Bonkers Bird: Shitty ref strikes again. Carl Boyeson is an absolute nob, who ruined our match against Stanley last August when we were 2 goals up. Two stonewall pennos today could have won us this game. These bad refereeing decisions have cost us quite a number of times this season. Dave Woolley: How frustrating a team this is... lost away to all the bottom 3 clubs ( and to those who slated me for not being positive, well I don’t like to say I told you so; but I did). Yes ok a decent season overall but we don’t have enough bottle to win the playoffs.Just hope next season isn’t “after the Lord Mayors show and we struggle again ! Steve Blyth: Let’s hope the play offs are not on TV otherwise we are stuffed ! David Warren: On way home now on supporters coach and if we play like that Wembley just a dream Sam Lock: Disappointing, but would have taken play offs at the start of the season.We're a flawed team that play well on our day, but so are all the other play off teams. I'm excited to see how we get Stephen Greenfield: It appears that the negativity of some of the people making comments spreads like a bad apple through a barrel . So sad , it’s all to play for. , let’s hope these negative people keep well clear of the ground where their presence may contaminate the whole stadium ! . Paul Topley: We've beaten & we've been beaten by Coventry, Lincoln & Exeter this season, 50/50 .COYP Lee Atkins: May be the players want the play offs and were saving them selves? Thats how im thinking anyway Nigel Trueman: If we stay in League 2 expect a more difficult season. A lot of players either need to leave or will leave. recruitment is harder in League 2 and the team need time to gel Scott Jones: Coventry aren’t anything special an Lincoln ain’t that great either John Webster: We cannot afford to go up it’s the usual excuse Mariusz Cwiklinski: Looking at the table, I've got to admit we've had a better season than most of us expected. We'll done Notts! Now we've got to start building for a new season, recognise our weaknesses and cover them asap, COYP's. Carl Alvey: Better season than the last one Nick Emmerson: And now to lose In playoffs. Not good enough to win. Cov or Lincoln will win it Jay Dalton: I'm gutted for the automatic dream but hey we are in the playoffs the dream of Wembley is still alive Brian Mawby: We won’t be going up not enough passion in this team. Too many defeats against bottom teams we should have been up already but anyway COYP Shannon Smeed: At least we are in the playoffs COYP Barry Bazza Hallam: What will be will be !!! 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.
  4. Notts County secured a spot in the League Two playoffs thanks to Saturday's resounding 4-1 win over Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane. In addition, victory took the Magpies to within two points of third-placed Wycombe Wanderers - who lost 3-0 at Accrington Stanley - with two games left to play. A superb own goal from Tom James and strikes from Elliott Hewitt and Lewis Alessandra added to Dan Jones's opener late in the first half, though Alex Fisher netted in injury time for the Glovers. Here is some of the post-match reaction from the game at the San Sirrel. Kevin Nolan “I thought it was an outstanding performance and the score could have been more. It’s another great win to keep this momentum going. “I’ve been saying all season long, we’re a team who have created lots of chances but we haven’t had that ruthlessness. “We’ve worked doubly hard over the past few weeks to get more balls into the box and score more goals. Some of the goals and the finishing today was absolutely fantastic. “The lads have stepped up to the plate over the past few weeks. They’ve been very positive and they’re driving each other on. I’m absolutely delighted for them.” Dan Jones “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. “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 play-offs yet. It’s another win and we keep the momentum going." The Black & White Army Richard Thompson: Took our chances , better 2nd half Mick Jones: Still plenty of room for improvement, particularly with our defending at times but at least we made the most of the few chances that we created and guaranteed a play off spot at worst. Julie Curwood: Amazing it was a fantastic win for us just wat we needed.u pies Jay Dalton: what a performance everyone gave 100% cracking match get in Nolan's super notts black white army Trevor Robinson: Best own goal I've ever see. What a cracker. Ian Ale Goode: uuuu pies David Nicholls: All the other results went our way...Still a slim chance of 3rd but play offs are a definite Wolf Pack: Get in notts a play off place is ours now only 2 points off an automatic place uuuuuuu pieeessss Andrew Rayson: Well done all-round Notts 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.
  5. Notts County have taken another giant step towards sealing a League Two playoff place with a 3-1 win at Colchester United. The U's had taken the lead after just nine minutes through Drey Wright at the Weston Homes Community Stadium before John McGreal’s side hit the post early after the break. However, the Magpies stormed back in the second half as Jonathan Forte, Shola Ameobi and Richard Duffy sealed a memorable comeback for Kevin Nolan's side. Tom Eastman hit the post for Colchester but Notts hung on to claim a comeback victory that sees them sit four points off the automatic promotion spots Here is some of the post-match reaction from the events in Essex. Kevin Nolan "We had a few choice words at half-time. I just feel we didn't match the high standards we set last week. "I challenged them to get back to that level as quickly as possible and show the togetherness, character and spirit they've shown all season. "We were lucky to get in at 1-0 but I thought the goals we scored were fantastic and they came at the right time. "The lads' character was absolutely brilliant in the second half and I thought we were well-deserved winners." Richard Duffy “We were not good in the first half to say the least and we didn’t do what we were told to do. “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.” The Black & White Army Dave Woolley: Absolutely wonderful 2nd half well done again JF 3 in 2 games ! That’s a strikers return.... fantastic. Mariusz Cwiklinski: Well, looks like Forte is taking his long overdue chance, good lad Tracy Rigby: ️️ Mark Rogers: Automatic promotion still not out of the question COYPs Neale Tristram: Top result after a nervous first half Andrew Rayson: Well done Notts, and well done Nolan for sticking to what worked the previous week for once. It is actually really refreshing to have reason to hand out praise all round for a change...Those on here who constantly disagree with me enough to mock me and doubt my support for the team; read the above Carefully. Christopher Key: Up a place to 4th! Really happy with that. Claire N Shane Wigley: Backto winning ways Mr Nolan David Skelding: Great team spirit to turn that around! Let's get that play-off spot in the bag! 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.
  6. Notts County returned to winning ways as Jonathan Forte's brace sealed a 2-1 victory over League Two promotion rivals Coventry City at Meadow Lane. Pride of Nottingham-sponsored Forte broke the deadlock when he glanced in Jorge Grant's corner in the 60th minute. Coventry equalised in the 85th minute as substitute Jordan Ponticelli deceived goalkeeper Adam Collin with a deft flick into the back of the net. However, the Magpies responded immediately when Forte got a touch on Shola Ameobi's low cross to secure a vital three points. Notts had not won in their last four games but victory leaves them four points off the automatic promotion spots and five ahead of their opponents, who hold the final playoff place. How did the Notts contingent react to the win? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan "The lads were terrific and got their just desserts in the end. "The way we handled them equalising by going up the other end and producing a bit of quality for the winner was fantastic. "I have spoken about the character of the team all season and they have shown it in abundance today. "I'm absolutely delighted because I think we deserved the win. We were back to our old selves and it was really pleasing on the eye today. "Our main focus is now on Colchester and replicating the performance and the result from this afternoon." Jonathan Forte "It's been a while but I'm happy to score some goals and get the win for the team. "From the start of the season I have wanted to play but it's the manager's decision. You want to prove the manager that you are worthy of being in the starting line-up and hopefully I have done that. "I think the second goal came off my heel from Shola's cutback. It was either that or miss it so I tried to wrap my foot around it to flick it in! "Coventry are a very physical team and are good at what they do but I think we matched them. They put quite a bit of pressure on us towards the end but we held out." Matt Tootle Jorge Grant The Black & White Army Chris: Fantastic win today and, I'm pleased for Forte who has proven that he can do well. I get the feeling Kevin Nolan doesn't like quiet people, though I still suspect that his training ground work will be criticized eventually by KN. Did I expect to win Coventry City? No I didn't, yet we deserved it and I praise the way the players responded. It's a good win which gives us a strong fight to secure a playoff place! Well done Notts. COYP! Fan of Big Tone: A great win, especially the way they scored shortly after the Coventry fans were going barmy celebrating their equaliser. They are showing the team spirit and dogged determined mentality that they had earlier in the season, I’m glad we’ve got our Notts back. This will give them confidence for the run in. Great to see Forte scoring two goals and giving KN a headache for the next match. I agree with @chris I think KN hasn’t been picking him because he is quiet but I notice KN said in the interview afterwards that he was happy to be proved wrong. Special mention also for Virtue who had his best game for Notts. Sabretooth: Deserved the win... Coventry fans singing 'who are ya, who are ya, who are.......' brilliant timing Mr Forte... Steve Campbell: Scrappy game, dug in well for the win. Good to see heads didn’t drop when they equalised at a crucial time. Well played Notts! LadyLozClough: TOLD YOU HE SHOULD BE PLAYING! Probably off at the end of the Season and lots to prove to others. Think he’ll have the same work rate TIL then: so play him every game! Nick Norman: I feel forte hasn't been treated fair. He's better than john dead. I've always been a fan of forte and well happy he took his chances today Mark Connors: Great win Notts,how come there are only a handful of comments but when we lose there are tens of comments Peter Hastings: Y forte asnt been involved in team much is stupid all season he's hardly played Dave Woolley: Any odds on Kevin reverting back to Ameobi & Stead for the last few games? Peter Walker: Jonathan Forte is a proven goal scorer for us why does he not get more games Dave Woolley: Absolutely fantastic. I am so pleased for the boy Forte.... well done Thomas George Polkey: FORTE there's only one Jonathan FORTE Jay Dalton: super super notts electric performance second half sheer brilliance play forte now on until end of season coyp Rosemary Sanders: Well done you pies now keep the momentum going more wins please !! Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  7. Notts County have missed out on the chance to gain ground on the top three in League Two as they were held to a goalless draw by Wycombe Wanderers in Good Friday's match at Meadow Lane. The Chairboys came to NG2 very much intent on leaving with a point and the Magpies could not break their defence down in an uninspiring, rain-sodden encounter which saw Kevin Nolan sent to the stands by referee Ben Toner. How did the Notts contingent react to the events in the game and the result? Here is a collection of post-match reaction from Pride of Nottingham. Kevin Nolan (official Notts site) "We certainly got a response from last weekend. The lads were disappointed with what happened but the response since then has been magnificent, as it always has been when we have had that type of performance. "We could have put them under a bit more pressure, I thought we could have done a lot more in possession and in the final third. "We had the better chances but Wycombe came with a game plan which worked really well. "We've been fantastic all season and will continue to work hard. We have six games left and we have to get as many points on the board as possible to keep the momentum going. "Wycombe are the best team away from home in the league for a reason and you saw that today. They don't give you an inch. "We're disappointed but this point could go a long way come the end of the season." Kevin Nolan (Nottingham Post) “It was laughable and he sent me off for waving my arms. When the penalty was not given all I heard the fourth official say was that ‘he has to go the stands’. “I think he was looking for a bit of a name for himself because he sent Kevin Nolan to the stands. That’s how I’ve seen it because he was very arrogant all day. “They just haven’t managed the situation and when you’ve got two teams who are playing for something, you’ve got to send the best referee. He was by far not the best referee they could have sent for this game. “Something has to be done because they (referees) have cost us a lot of points and four or five penalties which are blatant. “They are not ones that are debatable. How many times can I keep accepting it?” Shaun Brisley (OS) "It was frustrating. Wycombe came here with a game plan, stuck to it well and took the rhythm out of our play. We were good out of possession but didn't have that edge in the final third. "They are the best team away from home in the league so we respect the draw. It's a point gained which is nothing to get down about." The Black & White Army Kieran Shaw: We were poor, no idea why everyone is blaming the ref, the only thing he got wrong was the ‘foul’ on the Wycombe goalkeeper Magpie Moomin: Don't matter who is on the bench the ref was w**k he was never going to give us anything full stop when you get two stonewall penalties and not given come on wtf is the ref on ffs Ken Carter: It boils down to carrying the 4 midfield players. We don't have any creativity and we can't win a second ball. Yates has been a massive miss. Michael Rimmingtom: The game was what I expected two teams with something to play for but when is the football league going to do something regarding the standard of referring in this division this bloke today was out of his depth and this standard of referring is not only costing Notts dearly but no doubt other clubs as well. Tony Guy: Apart from the referee spoiling the flow of the game, not awarding two clear penalties, see the free kicks he gave, we just do not create enough chances. 5 shots in 90 minutes is not good enough but would have settled for a point before the game given both teams recent form. Acc Monday! COYPS Steven Taberham: Same predictable stuff from Notts. While we continue to persist in playing route one to two slow forwards (Ameobi looked knackered as he walked up the tunnel) and with no real creative midfielders, teams will know exactly how to deal with us. Such a shame the management can't see what is obvious to all the fans. Play offs at best Jay Dalton: defensive we were solid I'll take a draw for this it was a tough game and again where do the fa get these officials from shocking Weston John Pegg: Its about time we got a striker way overdue. Players can’t take the pressures. Lewis Swinson: It was a great game, played well defensive looked a lot stronger than last week but the ref was an complete k**bhead, wrong decisions all game, something needs to be done Simon Staples: Wycombe’s game plan was to spoil and win free kicks so they could pump the ball up to Akinfenwa. Notts tried to play around them but the ref did not support them and was suckered by their play acting. Rob Matchett: Wasn’t a bad game in all fairness. Two teams at the top was a good battle. The way people on here go on they would think they were expecting to watch Barcelona... Aidan Huckle: Far too predictable, was not the worst performance, just no where near county's best. Alan Turner: They came to spoil, as we have only one game plan, and no one to change it. Need a forward bad. Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. 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  8. Notts County's promotion hopes suffered another blow as League Two strugglers Chesterfield ran out 3-1 winners in Sunday's encounter at the Proact Stadium. The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes Andy Kellett's corner was touched on by Drew Talbot and Sid Nelson chested the ball past Magpies goalkeeper Adam Collin from point-blank range. Elliott Hewitt then missed a sitter before the Spireites doubled their lead through a poor clearance that was rifled home by Zavon Hines. Notts huffed and puffed and laboured throughout the early afternoon but they put themselves within a goal of getting something from the game thanks to Dan Jones's free kick. Despite the County goal and nine minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no salvaging of a point as Chesterfield went on to score a penalty in the dying moments of the game. How did the Notts contingent react to the result? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan (official Notts site) "We just have to take it on the chin. Chesterfield were better than us on the day. They worked harder and did the bits in and out of possession really well. "They kept it a lot better than us and fair play to them they got their just rewards. "What we have got to do is concentrate on us. They were the better team but we were way below our standards." Kevin Nolan (Nottingham Post) "We have had a fantastic season and the bigger picture is that we are still in a fantastic position. "What we have to do now is make sure we go back to being ourselves as soon as possible - we have seven games to respond. "Over 39 games so far this season these lads have shown why they deserve to be where they are in the table and I am hoping today is a blip. "I am looking for a response right away and, if we get that, we will be okay." John Thompson (BBC Radio Nottingham) "There was never really a plan B. It's a frustrating game all around. This was a very bad 90 minutes. "Today their two centre-halves dominated (against Stead and Ameobi), there was a lack of pace. Chesterfield were constantly running at the Notts defence. They (Notts) look a bit devoid of ideas out there today. "There was no real leadership out there. There was nobody wanting the ball. The players didn't seem to know what was the right way to win the game. "(Nolan) has got to address it and think about perhaps a change in formation." The Black & White Army Northants Pie: John Thompson summed our season up perfectly when he said Chesterfield are playing football and Notts are just hoofing aimless balls towards Ameobi & Stead... we got found out mid November and haven't changed it since, unfortunately. Christopher Key: Abysmal. Long ball for almost 90 minutes. We didn't look like a top table team at any point. Didn't win first balls, couldn't defend. Psychologically, we couldn't hack it. Want to find a positive, but just can't. Rosemary Sanders: Disappointing isn’t the word doesn’t bode well in view of forthcoming fixtures !! Not enough strengthening of the squad in January but the players have done their best Mr Hardy dig deep in your pocket . Come on you pies don’t lose it now. Martin Bates: Not really surprised. This "holding, shielding, midfield line" just doesnt work. Sooner or later you need to put a tackle in & preferably before they get to the penalty area. Just because it worked at H vs Swansea, it hasnt worked since! I just cant understand how Husin, the best technical player at the club cant get in the team. He can keep a ball, play it & ask for it back. Noble & Hewitt just offer nothing offensively notwithstanding Hewitt has had a good season. 7 game season, the teams who go out & try to win will go up. Those who play safe will miss out. I'll leave it to others to work out which Notts fall under! Colin Hodgson: Stop playing the same team week in week out. They are all looking knackered. At least we are in the mix and a lot better off than last season. So improving immensely just need to freshen it up in the final hurdle of the season. Kevin Nolan's black and white army! Thomas George Polkey: No where near good enough. Why does Nolan seem very reluctant to put on forte?????? Having two slow strikers and heavily relying on the long ball will not give Notts much of a chance. Tony D Beardsley: 2-1 down & into injury time & our goalkeeper has more possession than our goal scorers so says it all really! Jason Chambers: We’ll be lucky to make the play offs if we carry on playing like that, never mind autos! That chance has gone now. Poor performance. Jaychristina Kasraie: Embarrasing everytime on tv , makes them look like clowns, not on form today Rob Freeman: Failing to invest properly in the January transfer window will ultimatley cost Notts promotion. Luke James: Played league two football at a league two team Nolan looks like he is panicking and not trusting own his tactics play like that over Easter and we will he resigned to the play offs possibly not even that! Steven Taberham: 5 points lost in 2 out of the last 3 games. Just not good enough. May just about stay in the play off places. Dean Belfield: We got what we deserved nothing! To be fair to chesterfield they played us off the park. To many passengers we need to take a good look at ourselves and change our approach its not good enough! Mark Nixon: There is no pace in the team what so ever the front 2 are like statues need to mix it up league 2 defenders hate pace and we still left them both on. Why not take Dicko off and put another forward on?? We were 2 down. Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. 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  9. Notts County were pegged back eight minutes into injury time as Mansfield Town's late, late penalty saw them leave Meadow Lane with a point in a 1-1 draw. The Magpies were on the verge of recording a first league win over the Stags since 2005 in front of a bumper crowd that braved the snowy, cold, treacherous conditions at the San Sirrel. Kevin Nolan's boys took the lead in the first half through Terry Hawkridge bundling home, but the Stags were given the chance to equalise eight minutes into the seven minutes of added time at the end of the game. Alex MacDonald headed into the box in the last minute of injury time with the ball hitting Lewis Alessandra on the arm, prompting referee Andy Woolmer to point to the spot. Kane Hemmings made no mistake from 12 yards, and so the hoodoo against the bitter rivals continues. How did the Notts contingent (Kevin Nolan, players and fans) react to the result? Here is Pride of Nottingham's post-match reaction compilation. Kevin Nolan (official site) "I don't think I've ever been involved in a game with weather conditions like that. "I'm delighted with the lads for the way they went about it in really difficult conditions. "We shaded it, had chances and limited them to very few until the last minute, when they are going to throw everything at you. "The way we handled everything - the occasion, the atmosphere and the conditions - was absolutely spot on. "They deserved to win after the performance they put in." Kevin Nolan (Nottingham Post) “My lads have been robbed of two points. We played really well and they got the goal they deserved. They limited Mansfield to very few chances. “The first chance they had in which the keeper had to make a save was in the 97th minute. “I am flabbergasted and I don’t know how we have come off the pitch having drawn the game. “The referee cost us two points with a horrendous, terrible, decision. It was outside the box and the referee has no excuses. “It’s so bad because my lads had to earn the right to get a goal and to try for a clean sheet. “We did enough to win the game, but the referee has given them a penalty out of nothing. “This is third v fifth. It’s so disappointing and it is happening week in and week out. But I am so proud of my lads.” Terry Hawkridge (OS) "I thought we played really well today. It was tough but I thought we dug in well, were the better side on the day and did enough to win the game but some decisions go your way and some don't. "The lads are disappointed because it was a late goal and we thought we could hold on but we have to carry on and concentrate on the next game. This could prove to be a good point in the end." The Black and White Army (PON social media) Lee Atkins: 7 mins stoppage time so he gives a penalty in 7 mins 30 seconds!!! Mmmmmmm. Derek Gill: Too many points dropped after 90 mins, will cost promotion this year. Magpie Moomin: The only person who saw a pen was the ref where the F**K did he find 7 mins??? Richard Wood: It was a definite penalty. We asked for trouble tbf. Dave Woolley: If we had a striker a last minute penalty wouldn’t have mattered. Same old same old. Geoff King: They could come with us... Getting very interesting.. The top 7 could all look very different on Easter Tuesday. Ian Rogers: Robbed by a Referee who somehow managed to pluck 7 minutes of added time from thin air, and then play 10 - W ! ! Alan Turner: No wonder managers get in to trouble, for speaking their mind. When the FA keep protecting these idiots, and put them in a glass cage. They should be made to be held for their mistakes, and explain them. Not whitewashed over. A lot is riding on games these days. Not only money but people's livelihood. Rant over. Share your thoughts about the match on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  10. Notts County secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday to keep them third in the League Two table. Liam Noble returned to haunt his former club, of which he was captain, with the opener for the Magpies after 34 minutes played at the New Lawn. Lewis Alessandra was brought down in the FGR box but the referee opted to play the advantage, which resulted in Noble rifling home before celebrating avidly in front of the Green Devils fans Although Tahvon Campbell - also playing against his former club - equalised in the second half, Matt Tootle had the final say with a drive past FGR goalkeeper Brad Collins, which meant the Slug celebration came out in all its glory. Here is the reaction from Kevin Nolan, the Notts players, and the Black & White Army to the win in Gloucestershire. Kevin Nolan "I'm absolutely delighted and thought the win was well-deserved. The lads were magnificent and stuck to the gameplan brilliantly. "We knew they would have a good go a us in the second half and they put us under a bit of pressure. "Tahvon Campbell came on, scored a fantastic goal and then smashed one off the bar from 25 yards. A few weeks ago that would have hit Adam Collin on the back and gone in. "We limited them to few chances and, if we upped our quality on the ball when we won possession back, we could have punished them a lot more." Liam Noble "We knew we had to back up the point we got at Cheltenham. That looks like a massive point now. "It's a big three points but there are another nine cup finals to go and another 27 points to play for. "It's a massive nine games but we are going to take them as they come. "We have Mansfield next Saturday and everyone is looking forward to that. Hopefully we can get a full house and put in another strong performance." The players on social media The Black & White Army Craig Spencer: Not long got back and the lads dug deep and what a hit from the ,SLUG got soaked first half but @@@@ it 3 massive points. Dave Woolley: The win was the only important thing today. I didn’t fancy it too be honest. Just hope we can build on this now and get some real form back. Well done lads. Marcus Brown: Phew! 1st one since Boxing Day, been a long wait. We now sit nicely in 3rd putting pressure on the teams below us again. Keep it up Notts!☺ Jay Dalton: Still say we'll finish second said this pre season coyp Nolan's super notts black white army Mick Jones: Excellent result just need to follow it up next Saturday with another 3 points. Andrew Rayson: WELL DONE NOTTS...I’ve put this in capitals so that the “only praise allowed, ban criticism and honest opinions” brigade of plastic fans can clearly read this warranted praise. Adrian Wheatley: Funny where have The Mansfield and Luton Town fans gone who have been commenting on here over the past weeks coyp Shane Bostock: I hope those that were slagging noble off b4 kick off r happy now. Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction compilation on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  11. Notts County have got back on track in their League Two promotion tilt as Jorge Grant and Shola Ameobi scored to help secure a 2-0 win over Stevenage on Saturday. A gritty encounter at Meadow Lane saw the deadlock broken in the 77th minute as Grant rifled a volley into the bottom corner after the visitors had struggled to deal with a ball into the box. Ameobi then doubled the lead shortly afterwards when he bravely prodded in a header from Ben Hall to put the Magpies in control. The goals were enough to seal an important win for the Magpies, who are still in the thick of the promotion race, just a point outside the top three. How did the Notts contingent react to the win? Pride of Nottingham has compiled the key post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan "The players have found a way to win the game today and that is a fantastic trait to have. "It was never going to be smooth sailing and we have had performances where we have not hit the high notes of previous months. "But we have to start building back towards that and today was a clear sign that everyone is in it together. I thought our little bits of quality shone through." Adam Collin "That's our dream in the dressing room. The gaffer always asks for a clean sheet and three points. Everything clicked for us this afternoon, especially in the second half, and we came away deserved winners. "Stevenage are a handy team so we showed them a bit of respect and they played well - but we handled it really well, like we have done for most of the season, and the clean sheet proves that. "Teams at the top end of the league are going to drop points and we have had a bit of a sticky spell but confidence hasn't been knocked too much. We're a tight bunch in the dressing room and the gaffer looks after us." The Black & White Army Chris Notts defended very little within the first half, we just pressed off Stevenage and a better team would have had a field day. I felt sorry for Collin for this reason, the amount of pressure being piled on and the amount of shots he saved it was a joke - he had no protection. Yes, his distribution at times should have been quicker but every time he did it would only come back to him. I do feel Ross Fitzsimons should now be given a go and if Ross does well, he should keep the starting place but if not - maybe some can be less harsher on him? Probably not but it seems unfair at times. Jorge Grant made a difference, he didn't play great but he shown that little bit of class that changes games. Once we scored we grew in confidence and we started to play better, I felt both teams overall performed very poorly and it wasn't the best match. Yet the result and three points are vital. Fan of Big Tone No it wasn't a great match but 3 points were very welcome, we need to up our performance against Mansfield though because they are in good form at the moment and will be up for it. I wish the fans wouldn't be so quick to get on Collin's back, I really don't think it will help his game to hear the criticism at the match. I thought Jorge when he came on looked really back to something like his best, it seemed to give the whole team a lift. Upthepies We lacked pace, the defending was awful. The game was screaming out a 0-0 draw but the goal Grant scored completely changed the outcome. More focus on creating chances and taking responsibility at the back is required. Good win mind. Andrew Rayson Well done Notts; from a realistic fan who only gives out praise when warranted and also criticises when deserved, (otherwise labeled as a “moaner” or “doomster” by the ass-kissing (only praise allowed, critical and honest opinions banned) so called “fans”. Jimmy Gee Similar to some matches of the first half of the season. Notts kept going and scored a vital goal which was the game changer. After that confidence returned to the team. Massive three points. COYPs. Share your thoughts about this match reaction compilation on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  12. Notts County have suffered another huge blow in their automatic promotion hopes as Cambridge United ran out 1-0 winners in their League Two clash at the Abbey Stadium. Medy Elito scored the winner for the hosts in the 30th minute to continue their good form since the departure of manager Shaun Derry with a third win in a row, while for Notts it's a fourth league defeat in 2018. What was the reaction to the match from Kevin Nolan and from the Black and White Army? Pride of Nottingham takes a closer look. Kevin Nolan "I'm deeply disappointed because I thought we were starting to get back to where we were and I feel we have come away from that today. "There wasn't much in the game but we didn't deal with Uche Ikpeazu well at all tonight. We looked at their strengths and we didn't deal with any of them and we didn't do anything to exploit their weaknesses. "I have said to the lads we have another quick turnaround and another big game on Saturday where we have to get three points." The Black & White Army (PON forum and social media) Northants Pie: I think we should just settle for the mid table finish that we are hurtling towards. Dissapointing given our start to the season but we were found out around the end of November and have only managed to get worse since. This squad nearly got relegated for a reason, we need another relatively large scale squad change in the summer to ensure we get a more dynamic defense and a more dynamic front line. Chris: It's disappointing because you can see that they don't have the fight anymore, fans are telling the passion is gone and I'm seeing a lot of comments which fall inside with this feeling. I don't care where we finish, provided we fight. Nile Ranger would ruin us and all our progress, but we need someone up top.It's hard, but we lost one nil to a team that by the stats played much better. Oh well. Alex West: Nolan needs to seriously look at himself in the mirror. Disgusting performance not even one shot on target. Well finish bottom half at this rate not alone the play offs. Seriously bottling it Stephen Jeffery: Bubble has well and truly burst, nice while it lasted but league 2 football is best we can offer, dream on Alan if you think championship Martin Smith: What do you think Nolan will say. The lads weren't up for it tonight thought we played better second half etc. Ffs 4 4 2 Nolan us fans do know a bit about football. I know we've come a long way and building for the future but come on do our players know what a goal looks like after tonight's stats. Saying all this I will be there in Saturday hoping for a better performance and a goal or two. Coyps Martyn Malone: PISSED OFF BIG TIME This is what happens when you don't get players in the transfer window not just that something is not right players don't just stop playing like Notts have over the last 7 weeks if it's not sorted asap mid table then no playoffs for HARDY like he wants Adrian Wheatley: Grant poor again think he needs a rest for a bit playing like hes not interested at the end of the day he will hi tail over the river at the end of the season. Play our players who have it all to play for Mike Adams: 4 shots on target and no goals in the last 3 away league games-players arguing with players, players arguing with manager and players arguing with fans-talk to someone who was at Barnet or Cambridge if you want to know what’s happening at this club Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction compilation on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  13. Notts County were held to a goalless draw in Saturday's League Two match away at Newport County. The Magpies were forced to settle for a share of the spoils at Rodney Parade in a game of few clear-cut chances. Notts were more dangerous than their opponents, with Lewis Alessandra and Jon Stead both going close, but neither side could find a breakthrough in South Wales. Here is a compilation from the key post-match reaction from boss Kevin Nolan, defender Carl Dickinson, and as always the Black & White Army commenting on Pride of Nottingham! Kevin Nolan "You have to respect the point. It was a difficult game on a difficult pitch in difficult conditions but I thought the lads handled it well and we looked rock solid defensively. "We needed a bit more patience and quality in the final third to take three points. "But we've taken four points from our last two games, which I am really positive about, and I'm looking forward to another tough game at Cambridge on Tuesday. "I'm delighted with the point and clean sheet - it had been a while - but we have to build on it now. If we continue to keep clean sheets it will give us an opportunity to get a lot of points on the board." Carl Dickinson "It wasn't the prettiest of games to play in but we dealt with everything they threw at us really well. "We looked comfortable and I thought if any team was going to score it was going to be us. "We've got a point and clean sheet away from home so we will take that and now look forward to Cambridge on Tuesday. "We need to make sure we keep as many clean sheets as possible in the final 13 games of the season because it will only help us. "We have to make sure we keep our heads down, work as hard as possible and do the basics well. If we do that I am sure we will win more games than we lose." The Black & White Army TheSkipper: Two scrappy teams which neither side was able to put in a proper performance. I think from the Notts perspective this is my biggest worry the fact we are woeful and lack that finishing required to win games. Stead missed a few good chances yesterday. Peter Chalkley: If we don’t go up it won’t be through bottling it as such, it will because we just aren’t quite good enough. If we aren’t good enough I’d prefer not to go up. Without major overhaul we would be easy picking playing ugly football in league one and crowds would soon fall again. We need to get promoted on the back of players who we can keep next year, losing Yates may well be a blessing. Nick Norman: I've been a season ticket holder for a very long time but I'm sick of a team that starts a season well then bottles it and Nolans tatics are becoming awful. We were lucky Tuesday. Players season after season not good enough. I won't be buying a season ticket next season to watch league 2 shite. Look at Accrington. Crap budget but got the right players. We got over paid clowns. Phil Buxton: Any team celebrating a point at lowly Newport are not promotion hopefuls. Love Alan HARDY (Absolutely)Love Kevin Nolan (Absolutely) Love NCFC (Absolutely). Love a new STRIKER. (Absolutely) Act now or we will fall short of our expectations. COYP. Peter Chalkley: I think people confuse ambition and financial suicide. We’ve had a great little cup run and will lose about £600k rather than £1mill this year. I don’t know who people thought we would get but we are short a central defender and a stringer still, tag on a fee or two and £15k a week minimum in a wages between them and you would need to guarantee promotion and big crowds to not be in trouble for next season. We’ve just seen what an injury can do to a January signing. It’s a real shame the season started so far and then faulted. Had we got to this stage without all the weeks top two we’d have been over the moon! 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. Notts County have bounced back from their horror week with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Carlisle United on Tuesday night. Jon Stead put the Magpies ahead in the 19th minute when he collected a pass from Lewis Alessandra and fired a goalward effort which hit Cumbrians goalkeeper Jack Bonham and looped into the net. The veteran striker then doubled County's lead in the 35th minute when he reacted quickest during an almighty goalmouth scramble. Carlisle went on to make it a nervy finish through a deflected Jamie Devitt strike after the break and an inexplicable seven minutes of injury time. The result keeps Notts fourth in the League Two table and snapping at the heels of the top three while keeping the chasing pack at bay. How did Notts boss Kevin Nolan, his players, and the Black and White Army react to the result? Here is Pride of Nottingham's post-match reaction compilation. Kevin Nolan "That was the performance and response I was looking for. I thought the lads were back to their usual selves. "I'm not relieved because I always believed in the squad and I trust them. I'm satisfied and glad they have shown what they can do. "You knew Carlisle would throw everything at us and the way the lads went about it meant they were well-deserving of the victory. I am delighted for each and every one of them. "We could have finished them off with the chances we created and it would have been an easier night if we were a bit more clinical. Overall they were absolutely brilliant." Jon Stead "A few lads have been feeling under the weather but we did what we needed to do, which was to get the three points and get back on track. "With the demands we put on each other as players, we knew we were miles off it against Barnet and we were very disappointed with the way things went and we had to put things right. It's been a difficult period for us but we ground out a result. "We got early goals and then saw it out, put bodies on the line and had some last-ditch defending which is everything you want when questions are being asked of you and you have to show a bit of character. "I feel like we could have killed them off with a third goal and it would have made things a little bit easier but it was a battling performance and three points, which is what we needed.” The Black and White Army Dave Woolley: If they play like they played 2nd half last night they won’t get much out of the game. Every clearance, every throw in, every kick from the Collin went straight to their player and created pressure. If Kevin doesn’t sort it and If Duffy can’t see it on the pitch we won’t get back on the winning trail. I was expecting Carlisle to grab an equaliser at any time. What a contrast form a great 1st half. Thomas Ross: Great to be back on the winners list. Appears that Super Kev’s kick up the arse after Saturday worked. Looking forward to Newport on Saturday #YouPies Michael Doroszenko: Don't care how many goals we scored as long as it's more than the other buggers. Let's hope that this will get us back on track and bring back some belief that yes the boys can do this coyp David Burkey: After the pasting they have had from Swansea and some supporters, the disappointment of Saturday, last night was going to be a huge test of character . We got through it so now we move onwards and upwards ..coyp Jay Dalton: sat back 2 nd half but brilliant defence and collin was impressive the fight back and spirit in the notts team is back the pre match warm up with crosses shown they are capable of scoring and threatening up front it paid off stead again on form coyp Nolan's super notts black white army Andrew Rayson: Well done tonight Notts, but tonight will count for nothing if you don’t back it up against Newport on Saturday and again against whoever we’ve got after them. Peter Hastings: First half convincing but we are worst enemies we need to see off teams the league is to tight we can't afford to slip up now Tim Johnson: Hard work but a decent performance, specially considering there's been a flu bug around the squad. Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  15. Notts County's FA Cup journey ended on a sour note as Swansea City ran out 8-1 winners in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Liberty Stadium. Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer grabbed braces, while Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom Carroll and Daniel James all scored one apiece as Noor Husin's impressive 35th-minute strike proved a scant consolation. How did the Kevin Nolan, the Notts players and the fans react to the result? Pride of Nottingham has compiled the post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan "When you come to these clubs you have to hope for a bit of luck and that they don't treat it as well as they did tonight. "They showed their quality and their class and when you have that you have to hope your players play to their maximum but I just don't think we were there tonight as individuals and a team. "I don't think we deserved to lose 8-1 but everything they hit seemed to go in. "I can't put it into words (how good the fans were). They were quality throughout the game and they deserved to be here today. "I'm just sorry that we couldn't keep the scoreline down and give them more to shout, sing and dance about. "They kept me right up for it and hopefully that can continue between now and the end of the season and we can give them something back." Notts players on social media The Black and White Army Northants Pie: Its not getting beat thats embarrasing its the way we have just been statues with no pace and made them look like fooking Barcelona. We have been a joke tonight, I don't care for the whole their Premier league etc etc, we have been an absolute joke. My little lad has just gone to bed heart broken by our farcical performance. One thing it did show is our severe lack of pace all over the pitch, this will need to be rectified in the summer (I'm sure it is already being planned for). We desperately needed Liam Noble on the pitch, his tenacity and willingness to get stuck in was so badly needed last night, the only time any of our players gave them something to think about was when Alan Smith came on and let a couple if them know they were actually in a game and not an exhibition against a bunch of infant school children. Piethagoram: Having travelled to the Liberty..and waited ages for a taxi in the freezing conditions.... can't feel my feet..... Anyway, Swansea had targeted Dicko for his lack of pace and inability to put in real challenges. However, the real problem lay with Virtue.... Defensively so inept, was wandering around midfield without ever picking up a man, hence Swansea could pass through our midfield at will. Hewitt would have put in a shift, which would have given us a chance Even experienced pros like Hunt, one pass cost a goal but his kick it anywhere...when we needed to control possession. At least The General showed how to tackle and put in challenges. I hope this has opened Nolan's eyes... we missed Yates as Virtue is no substitute. We could not win the second ball to save our lives. Ian Kirke: I was there in person. I could have stayed at home and watched it on the box with my feet up. But no, I made the effort and travelled over 6 hours there and back. It was a gutless display. Some Notts fans will defend the indefensible and remind us all of where we were this time last year and use offensive language to justify their moronic jibes. But that was a spineless display lacking effort or respect for the Notts fans who sang their hearts out all night. I sincerely hope it’s the trigger point that propels us to promotion, but please don’t paper over the cracks Mr Nolan. True Notts fans can forgive if the team display passion, effort and heart but don’t expect me to join in the ‘Oh it was only the FA Cup’ & ‘They were a Premiership side what do you expect?’. I expect passion. That wasn’t evident last night. Paul Bowers: On sat Hardy does a brilliant thing to bring in thousands of potential new fans in to the club. On Tuesday we put on a pathetic display on national tv and drive them all away again.I don’t think anybody minds that we lost, but to not even put up a fight was soul distroying and has turned us in to this mornings joke. We need to get bums on seats and I’m afraid that’s not helped. Trevor Robinson: This is what happens when key players are missing and you give your opponent's far too much respect. We gave them too much room and let them come at us every time. Elliot Hewitt you were sorely missed.... Dave Woolley: Yes, to all off the comments below. Humiliation, however I would sooner lose that 8- 1 than have won it 1 - 0 then go and lose or draw on Saturday. We must win on Saturday and 1 - 0 will do..... keep the faith lads. Share your thoughts about this reaction round-up piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  16. Notts County put in arguably one of the worst performances of the season on Saturday as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Barnet. The League Two's basement side more than matched their opponents for the majority of the game at the Hive Stadium before grabbing the winner in injury time. A lump upfield by goalkeeper Craig Ross bounced kindly for Alex Nicholls, who raced onto the ball, got the better of his markets and lashed home past Adam Collin to give the Bees all three points. The result leaves the Magpies fourth in the table, two points behind third-placed Wycombe Wanderers and just four points ahead of eighth-placed Lincoln City. What was the reaction to the game? Pride of Nottingham has compiled some of the key post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan "We were totally poor. We couldn't pass the ball to one another today. I told them that after the game and I cannot protect them because that performance is not good enough for me. "We didn't work the goalkeeper well enough. They have got to buck their ideas up quickly or we will have more afternoons like that. "The amount of pressure they put on us was minimal. They didn't allow us to play and fair play to Barnet. They are going to scrap because they're bottom of the league and they need to win games. "When we have so many fans here sitting in those conditions, they deserve to have a go at us because the performance is not acceptable by the standards we have set ourselves." The Black & White Army on the PON forum and social media Liampie: i dont think we should overreact we only lost 1-0. i do think the players need to improve and kn needs to accept his part in this. people have said that he does not change things and theres no accountability during games, first half sounded dire but kn waits until half time to try and address it? i just think its disappointing. we have the ability to gain promotion and the inner fighting is leading to the instability imo. ARLukomski: All started with that formation change against Exeter. Lost. Stook without it against Crawley. Lost again. Oh yeah then we play 4-4-2 against Swansea and we play well. What a surprise. Then we beat Crewe with 4-4-2 and it’s all looking good but no. A normal team bows out with pride like Newport did but no. Absolutely not. We get ripped apart against Swansea 8-1. It’s not acceptable to lose 8-1 at any level whether it’s Sunday League or Premier League. Another change of formation this time to 4-4-1-1 in which we gave a performance where we did not look bothered. Not one bit. On tv, against a Premier League side. How do you not get motivated for that? Then today. We used the right formation but by the sounds, we didn’t turn up yet again and we took the opposition lightly like we did against Oxford City and Crawley. We constantly hoof it when Nolan clearly knows we play better when we play it on the ground. Defenders constantly hoof it upfield and kick it out of play when they have so much time on the ball. Nolan also knew the risk of signing Bennett who had problems with injuries in the past. I said get Caolan Lavery but nope. And also, how does it take two weeks to sign a player. Is it really that difficult or were we in slow motion yet again? Grant hasn’t turned up last few games. Would definitely drop him for Tuesday. What happened to the fitness levels? Everyone seems to be ill or injured all the time. Collin couldn’t trap a bag of sand with his goalkeeping abilities. Put Fitzsimons in next game. A lot better keeper, even if he throws out Sweet Chin Music once in a while. And if there is fall out and back chat, drop the players who are doing it or rally the team together for a talk to try and gain some of the team spirit back that took us far earlier in the season. We haven’t fully bottled it yet but we are going that way if we don’t sort it out. There has to be a siege mentality now to bring us back up to where we were earlier in the season. Who r ya?? You Pies: KN for me was bang on to tell it how he observed it , if they are letting him down by not following a game plan then he should say so , and for me he should face the press media as he did win lose or draw , if he hadn't he would be criticized for that so no win , there needs to be a strong manager who manages players need to know there place in the scheme of things , the big test now is will they respond positively or is KN in trouble , we are still 4th so come on show some humility players and get back at it. Melvyn Chambers: I am absolutely gutted with recent form. When we look back 12 months we were in dire straits with the possibility of dropping out of the league but we succeeded in pulling clear. The first half of this season we really deserved to be up there challenging for automatic promotion and with the promise of stellar signings I really thought this was going to get us to our goal ( Automatic Promotion). But sadly I must face facts the team have bottled it and the so called stellar signing never materialised so I’m afraid it’s division 2 again next season. Jay Dalton: February is far too Early to concede automatic promotion if we win against curle out Carlisle then we'll be point behind Stanley and the race is back on notts need get cup exit out of there head forget the Barnet last minute goal re gain their confidence and push again its by far not out of question for outright promotion Marcus Brown: What has gone wrong ? In form we have been pretty poor since the beginning of Dec . Today's result is an after effect of being smashed mid week. I was praying for at least a 0-0 draw at the end . KN has big issues to sort out now. Jeremy Putman: Can't see us coming back from this. Far too many teams competing for those top places. Grant has been awful for ages now. Bennett's injury could be a massive blow given our lack of pace. Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  17. Notts County came from a goal down to record a superb 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra in Saturday's League Two encounter at a packed Meadow Lane. In front of a bumper crowd of more than 17,000 thanks to Alan Hardy's "2 for Crewe" offer, the Magpies fell behind to Shaun Miller's goal on the rebound. However, Notts were level seven minutes later when Noor Husin rifled home in a stunning drive from all of 25 yards out. Elliott Hewitt put the hosts ahead just before half time before adding a second on the hour, before Derby County loanee Mason Bennett scored on his debut to cap off a memorable win. Pride of Nottingham has compiled some of the key post-match reaction from Notts boss Kevin Nolan, the players, and the fans. Kevin Nolan "I enjoyed it. I thought the lads were fantastic and got what they deserved. It could have been more than four - some of the chances we created and the play at times was magnificent. "I was a bit upset with the way we conceded the goal, and at that point I was thinking 'Typical us!' because we had started well, but that already seems like a distant memory. "The goals showed what the team possesses. There was individual brilliance as well as team goals. At times it was a real joy to watch." Mason Bennett “I was delighted to get underway and it was a great result. “The lads dug in after going one down early on and showed great character to react. It was nice to get the three points on the board. “It was a brilliant atmosphere and the chairman has done brilliantly to knock the price of the tickets down. “It was a great turnout and the lads enjoyed it. They got the result the fans deserved. “I was delighted to get on with 30 minutes to go and I got my goal so I was very pleased.” Players on social media The Black and White Army Northants Pie: It was a not bad attacking performance, likewise a not bad defensive peformance, being critical we need to release Jorge Grant earlier, countless times he had made brilliant runs on the left wing and every time the ball seemed to fall to either Hewitt or Hunt, neither of whom have the awareness to see such a pass. Hewitts energy is faultless, his positional sense though needs to be better, especially when defending, but as a team I didn't think we defended that well, mainly caused by this lack of awareness as other players were being dragged nto areas they shouldn't have been in. We miss Tootle as both he & Jones push the opposing team backwards but with only Jones doing this Crewe's left winger was cheating which allowed them an out ball most of the time. Our ball watching at times is criminal and you could see Crewe trying to expose this whenever they had a chance. Having said that going forward, Ameobi was class, his first touch is brilliant and the referee failed to spot a lot of fouls commited on him yesterday. Stead ran his nuts off as always, like with Ameobi the Crewe defenders were all over him like a rash, looked better once Bennett came on and took over the running. Alessandra will always give you an out ball but we miss Hawkridge in that position. Husin was class, always has time and has the ability to find time, a lone undermined skill that the best always posses. Grant got far more into the game once Bennet came on as he had someone on the same wavelength as him and these both helped Husin also as he was understanding the runs they made. If we could clear up the defensive mistakes then we'd beat any team we come up against in my opinion. Liampie: Good all round performance today, i was well impressed. The second half saw notts really get going and we played some good stuff. i think the formation really allowed us to play comfortably, i know we started awfully but we grew in confidence after equalising. Anti-Red: First complete team performance that I have seen for a very long time. The start had me dreading what might become but I thought Notts responded how they should and as a result quickly took back control of the game. Liampie: i thought the midfield just over ran crewe yesterday, it was good to see hewitt, husin and grant all linking up well. Chris: The early goal for Crewe seemed to help us more than it did them. It was very poor defending by Duffy, I had no idea what he was thinking and it's those decisions by him which usually cost us the most. He managed to settle down, yet I do feel his shaky start did impact us for a bit. The midfield ran the show, they urged forward and created chances after chance. It wasn't a case yesterday of 'will we score' it was 'when will we score'. Going into the lead before half time was massive too, it meant we could come out and play our usual passing game. Second half we looked class, the link-up play especially! The addition of Bennett had me thinking we could score even more, as Alessandra seemed to be left unmarked after and he really did deserve a goal. That said, fans now know why he's been pushed onto the wing after the amount of chances he had to score. I'm very impressed! Upthepies: Has Kevin been working on shooting in training or something? All the goals ended up being taken very well. The roar when we equalized was matched by Notts going 2-1 up. Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? 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  18. Jon Stead kept up his record of scoring in every round of the FA Cup as his equaliser earned Notts County a deserved replay in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City in the fourth round. Luciano Narsingh's strike on the stroke of half-time put the Premier League's bottom club ahead at Meadow Lane but the Magpies went up a gear after the restart, with Jorge Grant coming close on three occasions in quick succession. Stead, who famously put in a superb performance for Bradford City in their fourth-round upset of Chelsea several years ago, then fired home on the hour mark to guarantee a place in the hat for round five and a replay at the Liberty Stadium next month. Pride of Nottingham has compiled some of the key post-match reaction from Notts boss Kevin Nolan, the players, and the fans. Kevin Nolan "I'm absolutely delighted and immensely proud. We got we deserved and made the better chances throughout the game. "But against a Premier League team they only need half a chance and it's in the back of the net and that showed today. "We were really good in the first half but all it took was one slip and we were 1-0 down. "The reaction after the break was fantastic and we had some excellent opportunities both before and after our goal." "The way the players have performed today is a testament to what they are all about." Jon Stead "We matched them and we've got to be immensely proud of ourselves. "We were a bit cagey in the first half but at the start of the second half we really showed what we are capable of and pushed them all the way. "You know they are going to have large amounts of possession and keep the ball well so it's about getting in the right areas and limiting their space. "We had to work hard for it but we gave as good as we got and created some decent chances. "If we had won the game I don't think you could have argued too much about it but, on reflection, a draw is probably a fair result." Shola Ameobi "We got our just rewards for a really tough, battling performance. We're in the draw for the fifth round, and in the FA Cup magical things can happen. "We know it'll be a tough order at Swansea, but the team spirit in that dressing room right now is fantastic. We'll go there and give it all we've got." Players on social media The Black and White Army Who R Ya? You Pies!: That was class , great atmosphere , great occasion , terrific result, in the draw , get the replay on TV , well done Notts great combative performance had our moments as well , so proud COYP Chris: No criticism of either us or Swansea, I felt both teams did very well. Second half again for Notts was a delight to watch and, although I think it shown how the formation being 4-4-2 suites us best. I do feel we gave Swansea a good fight and wholeheartedly deserved the draw. Very impressed with our fans and the fact the performance was motivated. Liampie: I thought we could count ourselves lucky that swansea seemed poor on goal in the first half. we had a few okay chances but never really tested their keeper, i do think we defended well throughout the game. good to get level with them after the lapse in concentration. Jay Dalton: notts gave 100% shola held the Ball well Collin made some crucial saves and when stead got the leveller the fans errupted l with sheer jubilation brilliant kop atmosphere Trevor Robinson: Great support from the kop today. I'm in Pavis stand and you lot sounded fantastic. Pat yourselves on the back. Jimmy Gee: Soft goal just before halftime spoiled good work. Deserved equaliser, Notts had more chances to win it. Well done! Richard Thompson: Much better 2nd half, sat back a bit at times, we were at our best putting pressure on them, then again why am I moaning? a draw against a team 3 leagues above? great result really Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  19. Notts County have fallen to a second League Two home defeat in a row after Crawley Town won 2-1 at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night. Jimmy Smith scored in the 25th minute to give the Red Devils the lead but Jon Stead levelled from the penalty spot 13 minutes in the second half. It looked as though the Magpies would claim a point but late drama saw Matty Virtue sent off before Ross Fitzsimons also saw red - and conceded a penalty - for kicking out at an opposition player. Josh Payne went on to convert his stoppage-time spot kick for their first ever win at Meadow Lane and leave Notts at risk of slipping out of the automatic promotion places. How did the Notts boss, players and fans react to the game's events? Here is a round-up of the post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan on the result "It's disappointing to lose the game but it's the first time we've lost successive games in the league this season, which shows how far we have come. "It could have been a different game for us if we had put our chances away in the first 10-15 minutes. Over the last two games I think we have created more chances than I can remember here but not put them away. "We've been hit with sucker punches and I have told the lads we need to manage the game in both ways and we haven't done that in the last two games as well as we have done in the past. "To lose a goal from a throw-in, which was so basic from our point of view, is disappointing. "I'm proud of these lads to be where they are at at this stage of the season. Nobody envisaged it. What I want the players to do is go back to what they were doing and be true to themselves - they'll be ok." Kevin Nolan on Ross Fitzsimons "Ross has been fantastic for me since he joined the club but he knows he has done wrong tonight. "I'm not going to defend or condone what he did but what we will do is rally around him and ensure he learns from this. "This is his first major run in a league team and he has been doing really well but tonight he has let a silly push rattle him and it has cost him a three-game suspension." The Black and White Army Chris: Well, that all went out the window. FA Cup seems a potential downer now, if we win Notts must re-focus! Otherwise the cup could be a distraction to the current mission, we didn't go top by being lucky. So, lets get things back to how they was and sign two players (ST/CB). Kevin Hopcroft: We need to be realistic. Where we are in the league is still amazing. We are still second. We are still over achieving. Every team has a dip in form at some point. You cant win every game. I agree we need a new centre half as we are conceding too easy. We also need a young hungry forward who can feed off either stead or ameobi. But come on look where we have been for the last 4-5 years and get behind the team. Let us be the twelth man instead off slating the players, manager and whoever else. COYP!!!!! David Skelding: If we want to win promotion we're going to need to find some composure from somewhere. What's the point in entering the pitch all hyped up if you're just going to gift a poor opposing team two ridiculously preventable goals and have two men sent off? James Odell: We are just getting far too predictable and easy to play against. Meant to be 433 but its obviously 451 with stead left isolated. Huge gap between strikers and midfield, never around to picking up 2nd balls on the edge of the box. Squad has over achieved all season sadly getting found out now. Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  20. Notts County lost their unbeaten home league record as Exeter City secured a 2-1 victory at Meadow Lane. First-half goals from Jake Taylor and Jayden Stockley gave the promotion-chasing Grecians a two-goal advantage. Although Jon Stead scored a penalty, the Magpies could not go on to find an equaliser The result means that Notts have tasted their first defeat in the league in front of their own fans since Portsmouth won last April. What was the reaction from the Notts boss, players and fans following the draw? Here is a collection of the best post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan “It was a disappointing afternoon and it always is when you lose a game. But I thought the lads’ reaction in the second half was absolutely fantastic. “I thought we totally outplayed Exeter, and while we created lots of opportunities, the ball just didn’t seem to fall for us or we didn’t work the keeper well enough. “I just thought the response was better all round because in the first half we showed them a little bit too much respect. “But I did feel that the free-kick which led to the first goal shouldn’t have been given and when a team scores off the back of it shows how big those decisions are. “I discussed that at the end with the referee because little decisions are just as important. “It was the same for their second goal. Their lad can’t win the ball without going through Jorge Grant. “There is a ref and a lineman there and I am bewildered as to why the free-kick wasn’t given. “But these are the decisions they have to get right even though I thought the referee had a decent game.” Liam Noble “I was disappointed to not get something out of the game, but going 2-0 down in the first half wasn’t good enough. “We showed a good reaction in the second half but we can’t put ourselves in that position. “We just fell short and we didn’t pick up enough second balls. “But it was nice to be back out there and it would have been better had we got the result we had wanted.” Jorge Grant The Black and White Army - PON Forum Chris: I have to say, I fell Notts performed very poorly yesterday. The first half wasn't very good at all, we committed players to far up the field and nobody bar Dan Jones had the pace to track back. Stead shouldn't have been playing on his own up front, though why does he insist on dropping to his knees as soon as he gets the ball? Yes, sometimes there was force and pushing but he never draws the foul to a convincing point for me. Our midfield seemed very capable but sluggish to drive forward anything remotely creative. Second half I felt Notts played some great stuff, yet we never looked likely to score and we just have this habit of trying to force the play - we need an Alan Judge type player that isn't afraid to shoot from distance. Go on Kevin, get Noble and some of the others to practice this - even Grant seemed woeful! The referee didn't help but we should play beyond this, we just seemed to allow his poor handling to be bigger than it should. Exeter I felt was very poor also, they used school boy diversion tactics and frequently cheated. I noticed several incidents which went unpunished, from a two footed challenge to one of their players hitting out at Virtue (for no reason). At the end of the day we was poor and, I struggle to suggest we deserved anything from it. United Pie: With that loss yesterday my nerves are starting to rattle exester are starting to have a late serge. That loss now puts us in danger of the casing pack closing in on us Accrington are a game in a hand and can now go second with a win we need to hold our nerve and play like we have been doing. Cause loosing games like yesterday day dose not get you promoted. Liampie: fans near me kept going on about us missing yates but i think even he would have struggled yesterday. we started poorly and it became a game of chasing them after the early goal for exeter. i think the better team won tbh, we did not create enough clear chances and for that reason i am disappointed. i think they scored from their first two shots on target! standards are slipping nolan. ARLukomski: I feel like we are gonna bottle this if we keep going the way we are. Nolan got it completely wrong yesterday. If it ain’t broken, don’t try and fix it. No idea why we went with 4-2-3-1 when it’s untried, untested and unproven with this team. Why change a formation that’s been working all season. Hunt plays everyone on for the first goal. Second one is a woeful pass by Virtue. Husin was bought off when he was doing well. Noble and Walker looked quality in the centre of midfield yesterday. Hewitt is not a centre back, we desperately need to sign some cover. Early in the second half, four good balls were put into the box with nobody’s on the end of them, showing again why we so badly need a striker. Alessandra missed a sitter at the back post. Ameobi won the penalty then afterwards didn’t look bothered. The problem is yesterday’s selection was caused by injuries and again we have no strength in depth. Luton can have injuries and replace them players with players who are just as good. Tootle is ill and we replace him with a grandfather clock. The Black and White Army - Social media Peter Walker: Still In a better place than last January! Either we play Jonathan Forte or we get a striker in not another midfield player Steve Brewer: Didn't play bad. Ref had a hand in both of their goals although it was bad defending and the goalie should have stoppe d Stuart Anderson: 1st half was awful, why the hell we started 1 up top beggers belief!! 2nd started ok but we dominated when we bought a 2nd striker on! We need a pacey striker who knows where the net Is!! I thought Noble was very good today. Adrian Wheatley: If today dont make them look for defenders then nothing will nothing on the bench for central defence and let the only option leave for free? 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.
  21. Notts County remain well in the hunt for an automatic promotion place thanks to a 2-2 draw at Lincoln City on Saturday. The Magpies took the lead after 35 minutes when a clipped pass from Lewis Alessandra was headed home by Jon Stead. Lee Frecklington, who returned to the Imps from Rotherham this week, fired in an equaliser two minutes later to head back in the changing rooms all square. The Magpies then fell behind after 67 minutes when Matt Green slotted home but Jorge Grant crashed in a shot off the underside of the crossbar for a share of the spoils. What was the reaction from the Notts boss, players and fans following the draw? Here is a collection of the best post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan “The lads were absolutely fantastic. It was a battle and they stuck in there. "We couldn’t get going with our fluidity today but these lads have got camaraderie, togetherness and determination to come away with a very good and respectable point. “When you come away to places like Lincoln you are going to be put under pressure and they are going to put balls into the box from all directions. "You have to make sure you are up for the battle and we were – we more than matched them and handled everything they threw at us. “It’s another fantastic result and we’re looking forward to another biggame next weekend against Exeter.” Jon Stead “The atmosphere made it an exciting game and these are the types of matches you want to be playing in. “We had a fantastic following and we could hear them as much as the home fans. “It was a good occasion and the way Lincoln play is direct. But, I tell you what, it is effective and you give them massive credit for that because they do it very well. “They made it very difficult for us. They took the lead but we are disappointed with the two goals we conceded. “But to get the point was pleasing because we were under the cosh at the end.” Matt Tootle The Black and White Army on PON Super_Danny_Allsopp: Decent point in the end. Some last ditch defending. Green and Rhead caused us no amount of problems. Chris: I'm pleased with the draw. I do feel we need to learn to control games away from home and maintain leads better, but obviously I would take the point any day of the week. It sounded like a typical derby game really - these are usually always close fought games and really I wasn't far off with my goal amount or score prediction. Hopefully Virtue can become a key player for us in midfield, a few fans who I have asked praised him. Yet it sounds like we bypassed a lot of play by hoofing it. TheSkipper: I would always take a point away from home. After we lost the focus in the game we could have easily lots the match. It was good play to get back into it, but it was not pretty football. Share your thoughts about this reaction round-up piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  22. Notts County earned a place in the hat for the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating Championship side Brentford 1-0 in Saturday's third-round encounter at Griffin Park. Despite playing two divisions above, the Bees were put to the sword as Jon Stead's superb second-half winner sealed the Magpies' passage to the fourth round of the competition. The draw for the next round will take place on Monday evening, with the possibility of a leading Premier League side being lined up to face Kevin Nolan's high-flyers. What was the reaction from the Notts boss, players and fans following the win? Here is a collection of the best post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan “I am delighted with the performance and it warranted the result. “You have to ride your luck when you come to quality teams and those sides who are above you and we did have that little bit of luck, but when you have the attitude, application and dedication to keep a clean sheet, then you earn it. “I am delighted for the boys because they have not been given the credit they deserve for what they have done in such a short space of time. “Hopefully we can continue on that path and I hope they all go away and enjoy this day because they don’t happen very often in your career. “They are going to experience highs and lows, but this is one of the highs. I am thrilled for every one of them.” Jon Stead “It’s incredible. I thought we were terrific from the first minute today and caused them problems. We were a little disappointed we didn’t create more with the half-chances we managed to get in the first half. “But in the second half we had to start brightly and I think we did that. From kick-off in the second half we looked strong and likely to get that goal. “I’m delighted with the goal. In the early part of my Notts career I was cutting in a lot on my left foot and producing decent shots and goals. This season and the back end of last season I’ve been spooning a lot of them over the bar so to get it right on this stage was really pleasing.” Players on social media The Black and White Army on PON Chris: Not the worst draw now we've won it ah? Kinda typical really. A lot of those who have moaned and bashed this tie will be hoping we draw United or a big club next, I hope for our sakes they don't jinx things and we end up with a less than impressive draw because Brentford wasn't that bad at all. Fantastic win, I'm delighted we secured the win without being forced into a reply. I knew it would be tight! Well done Notts. DangerousSausage: I for one would like us to draw a genuinely big club in the next round, or F*rest. Preferably at home. Sure, someone like Shrewsbury would give us a better chance of progression (although we'd still be outsiders), but going out to a team like that would be pretty anticlimactic. Donovan Bisset: Come on you pies!!!! Schani Dalton: Superb result super notts now let's have man u home coypieeees Peter Walker: Well done Notts brilliant result Piotr Madgwick: yyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeesss u ppppiiiieeeesss Jayne Briggs: Super pies well done lads Jay Dalton: get man city home be sellout coyp Marc Horridge: SUPA NOTTS! Clint Hadley: Now bring on the big boys Hayley Ryall: U pies x Neil Lowe: Now I did not expect that!!Brilliant,Notts!!COYP Colin Hodgson: Kevin Nolan's black and white army! Ian Ale Goode: Uuuu pies great result James Eley: Well done Notts. Let the good times roll. Paul Rothon: Youuuu Pieeeeeesssss!!!!!! Jimmy Gee: Good well deserved result! Christopher Key: Youuuuu Pies!! What a result!!! Lesley Gascoyne: Brilliant! Nick Hogg: Get in ️ Simon White: Uuuuuu Uuuuuu Uuuuuu ppppppppppppppppp iiiiii eeeessssss James Adcock: Uuuuuuu ppppiiiieesssss !! Share your thoughts about this reaction round-up piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  23. Notts County kept up the pressure on League Two leaders Luton Town with a 1-0 win over Port Vale at Meadow Lane on New Year's Day. The encounter was settled by Jon Stead's penalty, awarded after the veteran striker was fouled in the box by defender Marcus Harness. Prior to their late spot kick, Kevin Nolan's side found themselves denied several key refereeing decisions, while Vale's Ryan Boot was the busier of the two goalkeepers. County's win over the Valiants puts them on 50 points, four behind table toppers Luton Town - who beat Lincoln City 4-2 - and seven clear of fourth place. How did the gaffer, the players and the fans react to the game? Pride of Nottingham rounds up the post-match reaction. Kevin Nolan "I thought we were brilliant. I was pleased with the positive nature in how we responded to what was a poor display on Saturday. "The reaction I got from the lads today was magnificent. We dominated throughout and got the goal we deserved in the end. "I am delighted for Steady to get a goal. People may say it's a penalty and it's a freebie but that is never the case. We have missed enough to know that." Jon Stead "It was a tough game against a very good side who have been in incredible form. Our performance was certainly a good way to respond to the defeat at Swindon. "The manager was desperate for a response to get back on track straightaway, which is what we have done every time we have been beaten. I thought we put in a good performance." The players on social media The Black and White Army Elite_pie: A tight game, and one of the reasons I love lower league football. It was never dull but looked like ending 0-0 until the incompetent ref decided to balance his earlier errors. I would have to see the replays to confirm, but the rugby tackle on Brisley first half looked a stonewall penalty, the body check on Grant was a decent shout, and the one on Stead looked the least convincing of the three, although their defender did seem to attack the player rather than the ball. I feared the worst going into the game, but a brilliant 3 points in just the sort of game we would have lost a year ago. Ian Laxton: I think we are safe. COYP Richard Thompson: 35 points to promotion..... Geoff King: How did that bag of s***e beat Luton 4 nil Share your thoughts about this post-match reaction round-up 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. Notts County have ended 2017 on a sour note as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Swindon Town on Saturday. In a game of few chances, the Robins broke the deadlock shortly after the restart when Luke Norris drilled home Keshi Anderson’s low cross. Notts came close to an equaliser in the dying stages of the game when Dan Jones saw a header tipped over the bar by Reice Charles-Cook, but it wasn't to be. How did the fans react to the defeat and what did the gaffer have to say? Here is a compilation of the key post-match reaction on Pride of Nottingham. Kevin Nolan “It was disappointing to end the year that way, but there was nothing really in the game. “The conditions were tough and they probably mastered them a bit better than us. “It spoils the game and the wind was always a factor. We couldn’t get to grips with it and we were below our normal levels. “We more than matched Swindon and the goal we conceded was sloppy by us. It was really poor defending from our point of view and they punished us for it. “They didn’t create many chances although they hit us on the break a couple of times. “But given the year we’ve had I never get too down when we have lost, or don’t get too high when we win. “It’s about keeping a happy medium and the good thing is we have a game to bounce in the next 48 hours." The Black and White Army Wal Shardlow: We are completely and utterly **** we are only 2nd in the league and and unbeaten at home wish we were bottom and fighting for our league status like every year **** sake get behind the lads win loose or draw this is a good season Mariusz Cwiklinski: I started supporting the pies in 1968, I am the eternal optimist, but I'm not going to kid myself. Notts are pretty **** really, if it wasn't for the 2 forest lonees we would and make no mistake, be struggling at the wrong end of the table. I'm not moaning, but we have no forward back up, Stead holds the ball up well, Grant as mentioned, scores but when Shoela or Forte don't score or contribute, we are ladies and gentlemen, quite frankly very poor. No striker in January, no promotion......simples! Trevor Robinson: It's about time the fans got a bit more vocal ffs ! Neale Tristram: Some work in the transfer window needed to maintain our position. Proven goalscorer and a CB John Weatherbed: Not good only one shot at goal not even on target... Missed a good chance again Mark Cotton: Missed the golden chance to catch up top spot Share your thoughts about this reaction round-up piece on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  25. Notts County remain nicely placed in the top three of the League Two table thanks to a 4-1 win over Morecambe on Boxing Day. The Magpies struck first when Adam Campbell gave the ball away in his own half, culminating in Lewis Alessandra cutting the ball back for Jorge Grant to rifle home. Alessandra then turned scorer when a long punt upfield from goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons was headed down for the winger to drive into the net on the half-volley. In the second half, Grant exchanged passes with Jon Stead before sliding the ball past Barry Roche for goal number three and a brace for the loanee. Alessandra then bagged his own brace four minutes from time when he scored at the second attempt after the Morecambe keeper saved his close-range effort. There was time for a stunning consolation from Callum Lang at the death, but it was of little importance as Notts cruised to all three points. How did the Notts County fans, players and manager react to the win? Pride of Nottingham has compiled the best of the post-match reaction from the Globe Arena. Kevin Nolan “It was a professional away performance. I made a few changes because of the number of games we have coming up so for the lads to produce what they did this afternoon, I’m absolutely delighted. “We handled Morecambe well and stamped our authority on the game. We scored some quality goals with some lovely movement, which we have worked on on the training field. It was nice to see that come off today. “The front four were exceptional. Some of the movement, interchanging and quality of play was great but we can still get better. “It was important to back up the three draws we have had lately with a performance like that going into two games in 48 hours later in the week.” Lewis Alessandra “We took our chances early on and then they have to come out when we’re 2-0 up. Sometimes at home teams can sit in and say, ‘Come and break us down’, which can be difficult. “But we were 2-0 ahead inside 20 minutes so they had to try and get something from the game, which left spaces for us to exploit - and we did that in the end. “It was massive we got back to winning ways today because the three games we have drawn were quite disappointing. "We gave a good, professional away performance. It’s disappointing to concede right at the death but it’s a great finish to be fair to the lad.” The players on social media The Black and White Army Super_Danny_Allsopp: A strange game really. We never seemed to get out of 2nd gear (not that we needed to) and just sort of plodded along in the game and the scoreline seemed like an inevitability by the end. A point to note though that Morecambe were especially poor, probably the worst I've seen this season. They can't play like that every week because they've had some decent results against some good sides, but yesterday they were abysmal. Steven Old was rubbish at the back, as he was 10 years ago when I watched him in the A-league. 50p head. His mate didn't help either, it seemed that Stead was allowed to take balls down or win headers with very little resistance, we didn't see him flailing on the floor for most of the game as we usually do. Then to mention the gigantic gap between defence and midfield that they gave us free access to. Jorge Grant and Alessandra had all the space, and their midfield didn't seem to keen is closing it down and their defence definitely weren't about to step up. After watching that, you can see 100% we made the correct decision letting Adam Campbell go. It was a typical Campbell performance we saw yesterday, and we've seen it oh so many times before, lots of running about, some neat touches, but ultimately 0 impact on the game and couldn't finish in a brothel. You have to worry for the lad as if he can't make it at a team like Morecambe, he will drop out of the league. Some pleasing things for us were the defending which was generally solid - only a wonder goal prevented a clean sheet. Hewitt, Yates and Walker all looked really clever on the ball. I don't know why we don't try and keep the ball on the ground when we're obviously the technically better side, as we were yesterday. There were some periods of nice play, but some seem scared to make a mistake. You're 3, 4 to none up, away from home and 75 mins on the clock? Get the ball on the deck and spray it about a bit. Elite_pie: Brilliant result, I was a bit concerned about our lack of striking power when the team was announced, but four goals away from home doesn't happen too often. It was good to see some of the fringe players like Jones, Hunt and Walker get a positive 90 minutes under their belt, we will need a strong and competitive squad going into the second half of the season to meet our target. Well done to all, especially Kevin Nolan, the changes he made once again came up trumps. DangerousSausage: Well done lads, terrific away performance. I was a bit concerned that we were sitting too deep and inviting them onto us in the first half but I needn't have worried. What's also encouraging is that four goals came from midfield today and Liam Noble will be eligible from the new year. Stead might not be putting them away at present but at least we're not dependent on him for goals. 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