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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby Kentstripe » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:02 pm

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A win of any sort is welcome at Forest Green Rovers following their inauspicious start to the campaign and at Whaddon Road on Tuesday they achieved a victory in the EFL Trophy against neighbours Cheltenham Town. Manager Mark Cooper took the opportunity to field his strongest line-up in order to give his players valuable competitive game time in which to build teamwork.
The strength of the opposition was irrelevant but the result was crucial to the Rovers,players and supporters alike.
It was certainly a boost for the fans standing on the side of the road heading for the East Midlands this damp cloudy morning. A daunting away journey to league leaders Notts County.
Kendo is fully loaded leaving some looking for lifts. It is a surprisingly early start for a Midlands fixture and despite a lengthy pit stop there is still time to take in a cruise on the River Trent and an open top bus tour of the City before kick-off. However Nottingham is no stranger to Real Ale and The Navigation adjacent to the Meadow Lane stadium will suffice and is offering a choice of at least six on tap. Which was nice. A stark contrast to The Green Man last week.
Notts county have chosen this fixture as a promotional community event and have reduced admission to attract a large attendance. They were duly rewarded as a crowd of over thirteen thousand were present as the teams paraded. The hundred and fifty from Forest Green were in good voice.
Mark Cooper selected Bugiel to partner Doidge in attack after Reece Brown called in sick. The mid-field and back line having shown marked improvement of late is beginning to pick its self though Collins is preferred to Fitzwater today and Keanu returns to the bench from somewhere in the distance.
The match starts predictably with the home side on the front foot winning a couple of free kicks and a corner that are either wasted or dealt with by Rovers who offer little in reply.
Twenty minutes in the game springs to life.
Roberts and Rovers keeper Russell beg to differ and a no pressure back pass concedes a soft corner.
The kick reaches the back post where Traore makes a timely block but the ball is still loose and Cooper does well to make two more blocks before Traore finally clears the danger.
Soon after Rovers reply when Doidge takes possession thirty yards from goal beats off a tackle and runs at the County defensive line. They allow him to run into the penalty area where he strikes the ball across keeper Collin to the back post and Bugiel steaming in slides it into the net.
26mins and Forest Green Rovers get that first goal at last.
County hit back from the re-start Dickinson attacks down the left and slips the ball inside the box to Grant who fails to shoot from close range and is blocked out to the groans of his supporters.
The goal appears to have pricked the Notts County balloon. Traore is suddenly finding acres of space and it is Rovers who are looking the better outfit.
On thirty five minutes good build up play resulted in Bennett firing a splendid cross into the box for James to flash a header goalwards that had Collin at full stretch to push the ball around the post for a corner. From the kick there was more uncertainty in the County defence as they scrambled the clearance.
Seconds later the experienced County player Milsom started rolling on the floor in mid-field forcing a time-out. It is becoming a noticeable ploy,both sides went to their coaches for instructions.
Rovers continued to dominate and James had the confidence to drive forward and unleash a shot from distance that cleared the bar. Some of Rovers play even brought applause from the home fans,there can be no higher accolade.
In time added on in the first period Rovers were nearly undone when an exquisite passing movement on the left of the area carved open the defence and only Russell's legs prevented the scores being level at the break.
As the Forest Green fans headed for the Michelin style eatery to agonise over a 'double radial' or the more healthy 'low profile' burger they realised they were witnessing their teams transformation into an EFL league side more than worthy of the name.
Not unexpectedly Notts County took the game to Rovers as the second half took shape and for twenty five minutes they hammered away looking for an opening.
Dickinson again set up Grant with a clear shot from the edge of the area but it was weak and wide.
A corner from the left ended with strong appeals for a penalty after Osbourne fell on the ball under extreme pressure but the referee was having none of it.
Russell was doing all that was asked of him,cutting out crosses confidently though still found time to have a Wembley moment wandering in the wilderness with the ball never quite under his control.
On seventy minutes Traore was replaced by Randall. The rain began to fall.
During the final ten minutes of normal time Forest Green looked to have seen off the County attack and indeed began to look to add to their scoreline.
Cooper let fly from distance that forced Collin to fumble the ball out for a corner and soon after Bugiel had a free header from six yards that he managed to put wide.
This effort was matched by County with three minutes left when they broke from defence and Grant
crossed to Forte who looked sure to score but his header went wide to the cheers of the Rovers fans and the clock ticked down.
The number five shone brightly held aloft by the fourth official and it signalled desperation in the home team. The Forest Green defence were magnificent,Osbourne outstanding cajoling his team mates throughout. Collins,Roberts et al working so hard.
Deep into the five James was replaced by Lacovitti.
County continued to press forward and the Rovers support were screaming at the referee to call time as the defence were noticeably tiring as the finishing end was at hand.
A final surge by County down the right and a wicked cross found the head of Milsom. The pace on the cross gave the ball just too much momentum for Russell's gallant right arm to prevent the ball crossing the line and the stadium roared. For Forest Green supporters that huge hollow void began to rise from somewhere deep inside.
The final whistle was incidental. The players dazed,Roberts positively catatonic for minutes after.
They were cheered to the rafters by the fans as they came to reciprocate.
They had given their all and as they exited the stadium they emerged a far stronger side than had entered. The only way is up.


You misspelt Iacovitti ;)
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby The Running Rover » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:32 pm

SNJ Ash wrote:Coops post-match. Unhappy with last-gasp goal and looking to get some shampoo for Omar.

http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/s ... _the_goal/


I really wish MC wouldn't keep singling out players for public criticism.

OK, we all know Sam made a mistake, but it's done and I'm sure he feels pretty awful about it, so to keep on highlighting that mistake is not going to help anyone, it will only make Sam feel even worse.

I also think MC's sarcastic comment about Omar and the shampoo isn't helpful.

I really do feel he could do with going on some sort of man management course, as his people skills have lots of room for improvement!
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby Timb » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:35 pm

Almost a Perfect Weekend.

Skanking at The Roundhouse on Friday Night to The Selecter and The Beat, and then a memorable trip up to Nottingham yesterday.

I sensed a real step change in our team performance v Swindon (and was disappointed that it slipped back at Cambridge). Then the Accrington performance was a step up again and yesterday's team effort was the best of the season from top to bottom.

It was interesting watching from high up on the half way line and seeing how the whole team really gelled.

I totally disagree with Michael's comment about Luke James. He was part of our 3 man first line of defence for 90 minutes, right up until he departed. Time after time he closed down, harried and prevented NCFC breaking on the right. His header in the first half would have been a contender for goal of the season had the keeper not made an excellent save, and his control of long balls brought CD and Omar into the game on a number of occasions. Omar and Christian also fulfilled the same high defensive role very well indeed.

The central defenders did very well and the main reason for this was the presence of Isaiah Osbourne, who playing alongside Drissa in a midfield defensive role, mopped up a number of, shall we say, "spills" that in games earlier this season would have been our downfall. He also gave us forward momentum and took ever mounting pressure off Drissa as well.

Charlie Cooper's late shot was top drawer forcing the keeper into a scrambling save, more of the same please. I'll give you a tip, keep your head down and get over the ball when you shoot.... It works as we saw yesterday. :ugeek:

My man of the match pick was Isaiah Osbourne.

I mentioned elsewhere that I watched the second half of the Tranmere v Orient game on Wednesday night, and watching that compared to our performance yesterday, was like chalk and cheese. We've moved on.

All in all the best team performance this season so far, and we are now a very different animal to our National League days. Compliments to Mark Cooper for seeing the transition through, and to all of the players for upping their game all over the pitch.

Not perfect by a long shot, but such a relief to see that we can compete in League 2.

"Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the pink
The years go by, as quickly as you wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself,
It's later than you think"

As sung by The Selecter and The Beat on Friday Night. (And Guy Lombardo (who is Guy Lombardo ?), Doris Day, and Bing Crosby etc).

Looking forward to Saturday.
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby FGR123 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:11 pm

The Running Rover wrote:
SNJ Ash wrote:Coops post-match. Unhappy with last-gasp goal and looking to get some shampoo for Omar.

http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/s ... _the_goal/


I really wish MC wouldn't keep singling out players for public criticism.

OK, we all know Sam made a mistake, but it's done and I'm sure he feels pretty awful about it, so to keep on highlighting that mistake is not going to help anyone, it will only make Sam feel even worse.

I also think MC's sarcastic comment about Omar and the shampoo isn't helpful.

I really do feel he could do with going on some sort of man management course, as his people skills have lots of room for improvement!


I agree. MC's interviews make me cringe. Stop naming and shaming! We all know who makes mistakes during the game. Praise the team and compliment them on their work rate and togetherness. They really do deserve it after that performance.
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby camel » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:27 pm

Win as a team, lose as a team, draw as a team.
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby Foggy » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:35 pm

camel wrote:Win as a team, lose as a team, draw as a team.


Support as a team!
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby stanman » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:36 pm

camel wrote:Win as a team, lose as a team, draw as a team.


I think for the last 3 games that my "footer" is becoming true perhaps ;)
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby T50 BOS » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:19 pm

If Coops is in the blame game forget Sam and look at that added time substitution .... pretty sure that would be a "management" decision wouldn't it ??!!
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby Norton Boy » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:41 pm

Nice to see a few Magpies on FB last night saying we deserved the points and that if we keep playing like that then we have nothing to worry about.
Not so sure about the bloke though who somehow managed to say that the fact we were the bottom of the league and they were top and at home and we only drew shows how bad we are. Apparently it was nothing to do with us playing well and all to do with them playing badly, though that was nothing to do with us making them play that way. :D
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby michael » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:02 pm

because he is so good-Russell probably would save that 7 times out of 10-but it was not easy-and off balance -quite a hard save to make-so i do think the criticism a bit unfair-yes -he could have done better on an other day-agree.

that all given-does the much much bigger question below need to be asked:

why having brought on an additional defender-were the 3 central defenders all out of position, so that the guy in the middle of the 6 yard box trying to fend off milsom in an aerial duel was the 5'9'' Charlie Cooper.

how was that allowed to happen -good player though he is CC is not a central defender.

on the 80th minute-he had already made a goal saving twisting defensive header on the edge of the 6 yard box ,but that does not qualify him to be the next John Terry.

just to stress -CC did his best-and brilliant he was there to try-but why were the 3 central defender so out of position it was left to CC in the middle of the 6 yard box

N.b -picture evidence of this in the football post-and i have looked at tv footage 3 times now-and yep-the central defenders left CC to try and deal with this in the centre of the 6 yard box-thats where the big mistake was -3 central defenders pulled out of position in 96th minute -thats alot poorer than anything Russell could have done better
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby The Old TomCat » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:21 am

This result became one of the most unpopular of the day.
A lot of punters lost their accumulators, having plumped for a Notts County home win.
One guy lost £400.
They don't know whether to knock Notts County for not doing job or FGR for creating a betting upset.
By and large most derision is aimed at Notts County.
Glad I did not have any money on game because I got result wrong. :D :D :D
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby RyRover » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:50 pm

Having watched the extended highlights on YouTube earlier I must say we looked really decent. Had a few chances to go 2-0 up. I think there was a lot of ball watching going on for the equaliser but cant really knock the lads after that performance. I've never been so pleased despite conceding an equaliser in the very last minute...strange feeling to have.

Newport Clownty? Bring it on!!!
...Because we know Tranmere will come back but it's WOOLERY AT THE OTHER ENNNNNDDDD......GOAL 3-1 to Forest Green
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby Greeners » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:24 pm

Hi
Can someone who was there confirm that FGR took a normal restart after County's goal?

If so, why didn't they have a go at a straight "kick for goal" your deep into added time and have just lost 2 points, it must be worth a go, even if the ball goes out of play for a goal kick there is a good chance that the whistle will go before the other team can have another go at the 3 points.
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby camel » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:31 pm

Greeners wrote:Hi
Can someone who was there confirm that FGR took a normal restart after County's goal?

If so, why didn't they have a go at a straight "kick for goal" your deep into added time and have just lost 2 points, it must be worth a go, even if the ball goes out of play for a goal kick there is a good chance that the whistle will go before the other team can have another go at the 3 points.


I can't remember what we did but I do remember it felt like they had the ball back pretty quickly and that the crowd was all of a sudden believing they could win and making plenty of noise. Their players seemed desperate to find the winner too. I thought our players looked gutted when the ball went in the net but they quickly rallied and saw out the late pressure well (from memory).
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby Timb » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:29 pm

I think everyone was gutted. Who wasn't gutted?????

Where do you go to see the extended highlights? I've only found the 30 second goal highlights
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby Tomiswalking » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:55 pm

https://youtu.be/YoXnKxzNt0U for extended highlights
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby michael » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:56 pm

Greeners wrote:Hi
Can someone who was there confirm that FGR took a normal restart after County's goal?

If so, why didn't they have a go at a straight "kick for goal" your deep into added time and have just lost 2 points, it must be worth a go, even if the ball goes out of play for a goal kick there is a good chance that the whistle will go before the other team can have another go at the 3 points.


It was as you post-a 'normal' resatart-and i thin k Dover did mount one more attack at least-which was squeaky pants time.

On the suggested 'tactic'- i equally wonder why more teams don't try this-maybe even from start of each half.

About 12 years ago , i did watch Jean-Michel Sigere try this for Margate in a conference game played at dover when in exile.
it just went wide of the post, but beat the keeper.
from kick offs-many keepers wander to edge of area-so it is a tactic that like you-i feel should be adopted more often.

Go on KMB-if ever given a chance-try it-and make a lifelong name for yourself on you-tube
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby voodoobluesman » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:20 pm

Not sure if anyone has said it, but well done on the commentary to our timb, every week he's getting better.
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby The Old TomCat » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:33 pm

voodoobluesman wrote:Not sure if anyone has said it, but well done on the commentary to our timb, every week he's getting better.

Please expand statement.
I'm not exactly sure what you mean.
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Re: Match thread from Meadow Lane (Notts County)

Postby voodoobluesman » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:18 pm

You miss it, because you're at the away matches, but for the listeners/subscribers, he's part of the commentary team.
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