With a free hot pie for the first 100 supporters into the ground on a cold night in Plymouth, which was a kind gesture from the Notts owner, the fans were relishing the chance to see their side pit their wits against the side 2nd in the table.
Plymouth started the brightest with Graham Carey pulling the strings spreading the ball around intelligently, they were attacking mainly down their left and putting young Clackstone under pressure at times but to his credit he stuck to his task and gradually thwarted many attacks from Plymouth, though they had a few chances it was Notts who were beginning to take control and it was no surprise when Jorge Grant gave the Magpies the lead, it came through some hard work by Forte who never let the Pilgrims defence settle, he pressured McCormick the Plymouth keeper who laid the ball to Sonny Bradley who was dithering when he was dispossessed by Grant and Grant placed the ball beyond McCormick to set the 175 fantastic Magpie fans wild, With Forte and Alan Smith upsetting the Plymouth defence and the Notts midfield working tirelessly it seemed as it was only time before Notts added to the score and just before half time Grant again caused problems having a shot well saved by McCormick but the ball ran back to Grant who put his second strike the wrong side of the post.
Plymouth brought on an old Notts favourite in Jimmy Spencer after the break hoping to bully and disrupt the Notts back four who were marshalled superbly by Haydn Hollis, on the hour Stead and Ameobi were introduced to trouble the Plymouth defence even more, they replaced the impressive Smith and Yates who had given their all for the cause. Stead was immediately give the rough treatment by Bradley by being sent crashing into the barriers when the ball was already out, he was rightly booked but Michael O’Connor continued his remonstrating with the ref and was also booked.
On 75 minutes Curtis Thompson replaced the tiring Jonathon Forte, Notts kept to their game plan and could have had two more goals through Stead and Ameobi, both players had similar chances trying to take the ball around the keeper but finding the angle too acute on both occasions.
With 6 minutes of injury time to play the fans were very nervous but the players did not show their nerves until Jordon Slew the Plymouth sub went down in the box only to booked for simulation, Notts then played the ball around brilliantly until the final whistle when the Notts fans went wild with delight.
It was a well earned 3 points for Notts who thoroughly deserved their rewards
From pie in the sky, to, back down to earth with a bump
After the fantastic result against Plymouth the Notts players and fans were relishing this battle against inform Stevenage.
With over 500 Notts fans cheering their side on expectation was high after the Plymouth game but I am afraid to say that too many players did not do themselves justice today, their football was not a patch on Tuesday night, their inability to match the skill, speed and endeavour of a very good Stevenage side.
It would be easy to criticize the players and blame any individual but all in all it was a bad day at the office.
After just 3 minutes we knew it was not going to be our day as Stevenage took a quick corner and the resulting ball into the box was headed home by the brilliant Matt Godden, things could have got much worse for Notts as Stevenage ran Notts raged with their crisp free flowing football, just before the break Notts did have a chance when Ameobi had a header well saved by Day and stead followed up with a drive that was cleared off the line back to Ameobi who instantly drove ball across goal, that was the last chance Notts had.
After the break Stevenage continued to play some wonderful football making Notts chase shadows and it was no surprise when Jack King lashed in a second, moments later Godden wrapped things up for Stevenage finishing off a brilliant flowing move to make it 3-0 to the hosts.
This article is brief and short as there is no other way to describe our inept performance, let us hope Kevin Nolan can pick the lads up and get them ready for the important game against Hartlepool next Saturday.
As promised in the last home Mag here is the article regarding the SLO
The Work of the SLO Team
The SLO team consists of Tim Bradd (Ticket Office Manager), Rob Holland (a fan voted for by the fans) and Dougie Pullen (appointed by the Football Club). Both Rob and Dougie are volunteers and are not paid for their roles on the team. The composition of Notts County’s SLO team is unique in the English Football League (EFL) with most clubs simply choosing to appoint one of their own staff to the role.
Here is a Question and Answers between me and the SLO
Q) What is the main purpose of the SLO
A) The main purpose of the SLO is to act as a communications bridge between the fans and the club and to contribute towards maintaining a dialogue between the two parties. This means informing fans about relevant decisions made by the club’s management and, in the other direction, to communicate to the club’s management questions and the views, concerns and needs of the fans. It is a messenger role in the truest sense. Sometimes, out of necessity, the messages will not be what the other party wants to hear and it really can be a case of ‘don’t shoot the messenger’!
Q) What sort of questions have you asked the fans recently
A) We recently asked fans to tell us whether they felt that the Club’s badge should feature one or two magpies, and gave them a chance to add their comments to their vote. The results were very strongly in favour of retaining two magpies (65% of the 1600 respondents asked for this) and many of these asked for the current badge not to be changed. We passed the results to the Football Club and this no doubt influenced the decision to retain the existing badge for at least another season.
Q) What are the SLO trying to do regarding different groups involved with the club and outside organisations
A) The SLOs also try to build internal relationships with various fan groups, and external relationships with their counterparts in other football clubs, as well as with the police and safety officers responsible for the safety of fans where matches are being played. We have already met with the Disabled Supporters’ Association and will be working with the Club in the coming months to see what we can do to help to make the match day experience for disabled supporters more enjoyable. We will also be looking at ways of making the pre-match and half-time package better and recently met with fans to gather their thoughts on this so that we can sit down together with the Club and look at the art of the possible.
Q) Have any answers been received from the FSF and the EFL regarding questions asked by the
A) After the OSA asked us to voice its collective concerns over the Checkertrade Trophy, SLO’s from a number of clubs across the country met with representatives of the EFL when we learned that Football Clubs were being canvassed for their views on the future of the competition, in reaching their decision, we asked that the EFL to also take into consideration the views of the fans who were
very much opposed to the trophy being run along similar lines again. Subsequently, SLO’s from league one and two clubs met with the FSF when, once again, we made it clear that the fans we represent did not want to see clubs above our leagues involved in this competition. The FSF understand this and will lobby the EFL on our behalf. When we asked the EFL when he might know the outcome of their deliberations, we were told that a decision wont be made until after this seasons final as taken place at the beginning of April.