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County - After taking the lead in the 13th minute the Magpies crumbled to a 1-3 home defeat to Gillingham. The Gills took a 2-1 lead into the half time break and scored again just after half time to take all three points. According to the game stats County had 72% of the possession, I would question their effectiveness as they suffered a significant home defeat that tipped them out of the play-off spots as Gillingham moved above them. I can't see Notts regaining their spot anytime soon as they face a difficult time in the rest of February. Their next game is on Tuesday away against mid table Newport County and then away at Wrexham, then home against, Crewe and finishing February at home against cellar dwellers Sutton United which surely they should win.

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Just when you thought the world couldn't get any more unbelievable and ridiculous.....   Forest 1 - 0 Liverpool.

Everyone was a hero yesterday, it was clearly meant to be. Great credit has to go to Luke William's and Ryan Harley's tactics. Many times this season Notts have worn out teams by keeping the

Football is/was the beautiful game..........nobody loved the game more than me.......played till i was nearly 40....loved Forest and County...........however money took over alot of years ago now....

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Can't disagree with that summary Oz.

Notts's team spirit seems to have disappeared. I think they have yet to recover from Luke William's departure. Stuart Maynard has quite a job on his hands getting Notts up off the floor and performing again.

I think the defence is troubled by goalkeeper Stone's unreliability.

He certainly doesn't command his area well. Some similarities with Turner at Forest. To be fair though Turner had a very good game midweek against Bristol in the cup..

Notts have Luca Ashby- Hammond on loan from Fulham and I think he's due a start now.

Notts need to start winning again soon or this season is going to slide into mid table mediocrity very quickly.


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County - having played last night today's results see the Magpies slide further down the table and are now in 10th place still only 3 points from a play off spot but a mid table position is looking more likely than any sort of promotion position.


Stags - Comfortably in second place after thumping bottom club Forest Green Rovers away at The New Lawn ground. A paltry crowd of only 2,240 turned out to see the Stags take the lead with a goal by Ollie Clarke in the 12th minute and the score stayed that way until well after half time. Stags scored in the 68th and 79th minutes and Ollie Clarke bagged his brace after 7 minutes of time on at the end of the game. At home against 7th placed Harrogate Town on Tuesday evening.


Forest - 29,451 were on hand at the City Ground to enjoy an action packed first half that ended 2-2 in game that Newcastle took the lead three times to finish up winners 2-3. Forest's home form at the moment is appalling having lost 6 of their last 7 games. Nuno will have to get his book of 1001 excuses out again. VAR reared its ugly head denying Forest a penalty. Still only two points clear of a relegation place. Home against West Ham next Saturday as every home game from now on is a must win.

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The Stags are looking quite formidable at the moment but with sixteen games to go it's far from over. Stockport are favourites for the title but there's still two or three other teams who could deny them automatic promotion.

If they do go up the Radford's will need to invest in the facilities. The playing surface is a priority.

The next few games will be telling for Notts. There's only a few points between five or six clubs outside the playoffs so the run in is going to be fascinating. Harrogate, Newport and Salford are top of the form table with Notts third from bottom. Three games in and Stuart Maynard is already under scrutiny.

Nuno's good start at Forest has faded quickly but the players continue to try hard.

I think the midweek cup replay took its toll on a few of the Forest lads. Ryan Yates in particular looked shattered when he was substituted yesterday. For a club fighting relegation the FA cup is a distraction they could really do without.

The sooner any points deduction is announced the better. Then at least they'll know what they have to do to stay up.

If they are deducted say six points then they just might hang on.

Ten points would surely mean game over.

If they do drop down their troubles aren't over because their wage bill is going to be huge by Championship standards.


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Couunty - A solid win for the Magpies away in south Wales. That man Macaulay Langstaff scored the first for County with David McGoldrick netting the second 13 minutes later to go in 2-0 up at half time. That man got his brace in the 59th minute. Newport via a penalty scored somewhat of a consolation goal in the last minute of normal time. Unusually there were no yellow cards issued during the game. The 1-3 win takes County back into a play-off space on goal difference just above Harrogate Town who were hammered by the Stags. Away at 4th placed Hollywood United (Wrexham) on Saturday 


Stags - A goal fest at Field Mill as the Stags slam 9 past eighth placed Harrogate Town. Five nil up at half time including a brace by Hiram Boateng who completed his hat trick in the 50th minute. Harrogate scored two in two minutes within five minutes of Boateng completing his hat trick. Lucas Atkins got his 2nd goal two thirds through the game and Will Swan hit a brace in two minutes at the 54th minute mark. The 9-2win consolidated them in 2nd place one point behind Stockport with at this stage a better goal difference. Away at Walsall on Saturday

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Accord to Sports Unlimited News Nottingham Forest has an annual wage bill of 60,360,000 quid.

How the heck can the afford that even in the EPL. They will have no hope of covering that if they get relegated to the Championship, it could be the end for the Reds.

The same source says that the total wage bill for the highest paying fifteen clubs is 1,557,952,000 with Manchester City the highest at 190,996,000.

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Last night Notts looked like a totally different team.

What a turnaround. A stunning renaissance.

Huge credit to Stuart Maynard. He changed the goalkeeper, the formation and with them the team’s fortunes.

Notts looked like automatic promotion let alone playoff candidates based on that showing.
I feared a loss was on the cards after the way they played against Gillingham last Friday, add in Newport's recent form and even a draw would have been a great outcome.

Stuart Maynard used nearly all the same players from last Friday but reassigned their roles and the team's formation and boy did he get a fantastic result.

I'm not going to jinx it by suggesting that the visit to Wrexham on Saturday is going to be anything other than very challenging but if they play like they did last night then it's going to be a brilliant game to watch.

Mansfield produced an outstanding performance to humiliate Harrogate. Their amazing result actually helped Notts get back into the playoffs group. With performances like that they could yet go up as champions.

BTW Derby won again. The tide is turning at Pride Park. Get ready for the jubilant Ram's fans celebrating Forest's misery sadly I think it's coming.


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County - Lost away at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground to a 20th minute goal by Steven Fletcher in front of 12,532 fans. The defeat tips them out of a play off spot and they are now 9th in the table. McGoldrick had an equaliser controversially disallowed. Notts had three quarters of the possession but could not convert it into goals. Home against 4th placed Crewe on Saturday


Stags - Missed the opportunity to go top as early pressure by them failed to realise goals at the Bescot Stadium in Walsall. Bad misses and good saves kept the game goal less in the first half in which Stags should have been up at least 2-0.

Three goals in twenty minutes saw Walsall run out winners 2-1. Stags remain 1 point behind Stockpoint who were thrashed 4-0 by Tranmere and 2 points ahead of Wrexham who have a game in hand. Home against Salford City on Saturday.


Forest - Relegation pressures were eased a little, for now, by a 2-0 home win against West Ham. Strangely both goals were scored in time on at the end of each half Taiwo Awoniyi in the 5th minute of time on in the first half and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the 4th minute of time on in the second half. He was cautioned one minute later in a game which saw four yellow cards to Forest and five to West Ham, one of which became a red card in the 71st minute to Kalvin Phillips. Forest could have had two more goals but a penalty appeal was turned down and a goal by Danilo was ruled out due to offside by another Forest Player. Away at Aston Villa next Saturday

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A great three points picked up by Forest whilst the other teams around them were losing. I didn't see the game but the reports I've read suggest they were good value for their win.

It would be such a tragedy if a points deduction sent them down after the way the players have dug in.

BTW I thought Luton were unlucky against Man U yesterday. On the strength of that performance they're too good to go down. At the moment Sheffield United and Burnley look as if they're going down but who will join them?
Everton are playing Crystal Palace tonight so that's a result to look out for.


Notts were very unlucky to leave Wrexham with nothing.

They dominated them in the first half but they took their chance and went in ahead at half time.

Wrexham upped their game in the second half but Notts kept them out and then Didzy McGoldrick had his equaliser ruled out for handball. The replays are inconclusive and the ref gave Wrexham the benefit of the doubt. It's not uncommon for Wrexham to get the rub of the green when they're at home. Their luck won't last forever and the promotion race is far from over.

I'm a great believer in karma and it certainly came along for Mansfield at Walsall on Saturday. They were denied a clear goal when the ref. ruled the ball had not crossed the line. Replays showed it was well over and Nigel Clough was bemoaning the ruling and calling for goal line technology.

I hope someone reminded him how Notts were denied an equaliser against them on Feb 3rd when the ball was later shown to have crossed the line.

Despite their defeat Mansfield remain in second place one point behind Stockport who also lost. Is there another wobble coming up?

Derby won again against Steve Evans' Stevenage to stay second in L1. They're six points behind leaders Portsmouth with a game in hand.

Steve Evans and his number two Paul Raynor are a very unpleasant pair IMHO and I very much hope Stevenage don't get promoted.


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