Ten things about Notts County away!

  1. First of all another huge thank you to young Will McGinnis for his excellent chauffeuring to and from Notts County on Boxing Day. Notts County have a fabulous history as the oldest professional football league club, and one of the twelve founding members of the English Football League in 1888. Meadow Lane is certainly quite an atmospheric stadium, and their fans seem a pretty decent bunch. I sincerely hope that they don’t go down (unless it’s a matter of them or us come the last game of the season) and it is only a fairly short drive as well! Yours truly can most definitely think of a number of clubs from League 2 that he would far sooner see drop out of the Football League than them or US!!
  2. Now to the game and what a great day it was to be a Silkmen fan. We completely outplayed our hosts for the vast majority of the game; playing the more attractive / passing football on the deck, and even the most myopic of Notts County fans could not say we didn’t deserve the three points. A number of us commented that County were the poorest team we have faced (with the exception of Cheltenham at home) and they even scored against the run of play. Only then for perhaps 5-10 minutes after their goal when you could say that they were ‘on top’ in the game!
  3. Scott Wilson was a real handful all afternoon, scoring an excellent brace; the first a great finish from outside the box, whilst the second was a real poacher’s effort. In Sol Campbell’s interview after the game, it was quite clear that he was very impressed with the contribution of ‘Willo’ who is definitely the ‘teacher’s pet’ for a while after Wednesday’s performance, and he will almost certainly be in the starting eleven in the very tough test at Brunton Park this coming Saturday! Based on Scott’s performance on Boxing Day, ‘Willo’ is yours truly’s Man of the Match!
  4. Harry Smith was a real enigma on Wednesday. His performance overall was full of energy and endeavour and he led the line excellently, winning lots of headers and flick on’s and scored with a great header which was then so controversially ruled out offside. Harry then managed to miss a header from six yards when it was easier to score, and he also managed to get himself sent off in the dying embers of the game that had all Silkmen fans at the game wishing their lives away during the limited but excruciatingly painful period that remained. From where the Silkmen fans were housed it was hard to see if the red card was warranted but the referee most definitely should have sent ex-Silkmen favourite Kristian Dennis off for his shocking late tackle on Kieran O’Hara that led to the subsequent melee and Harry’s sending off. Even the highlights were a little inconclusive but all indications were that Harry raised an elbow towards the face of a County player, and there was a palpable lack of complaints from Harry’s peers or Sol afterwards! It was nice to see the fans chanting his name during the game as well!
  5. Michael (aka Danny) Rose was immense in the first half, spraying cross field passes that would have pleased any of the top midfielders in the Premier League! Although quieter in the second half, ‘Rosey’ still was very assured and is definitely yours truly’s most improved of the original signings of the season, and based on current form, should most definitely be one of the first names on the team sheet.
  6. Nathan Cameron is absolute class at this level (and probably League One level as well) and I urge the club to sign him on a long term deal, because he is clearly the new ‘Pilks’ for our beloved club. The way he celebrated with the other players showed that he is clearly enjoying his time with, and contribution to the Silkmen cause, and the difference he has made to the performances of Fiacre Kelleher and our defensive framework, is nothing short of miraculous. A close contender for my Man of the Match was Nathan.
  7. James Pearson had another storming game, and much as I like and admire Jared, James is keeping him from the right back berth on merit at this current time! I sincerely hope that the substitution of James for Miles Welch-Hayes was tactical and not due to injury. In addition, a number of us pondered after the game if Jared may be going out on loan or even leaving permanently if Miles got onto the pitch in front of him!
  8. There is clearly evidence of how much fitter we now are as a team, and from what I have heard on the grapevine, a lot of this is due to the intensive work that Sol does with the lads in training. Keep up the great effort Sol & the lads!
  9.  The support of the 463 travelling fans was absolutely superb, where the lads on the pitch were given fantastic vocal backing from the beginning to the end of the game. This was clearly appreciated by the players who all came over to us at the end of the game to celebrate with us. That sort of support at Brunton Park would be amazing to behold.
  10. I have to be honest in saying that a few short weeks ago, I was contemplating the unenviable / unappetising prospect of returns to such footballing hotbeds (ahem) as Ebbsfleet & Maidenhead. The incredible turnaround in form in the last few weeks should rightly be attributed to Sol, Danny and of course the players. The chant of the day IMHO came at the end of the game when the Silkmen faithful joyfully sang ‘ we’re not bottom anymore’ which we could not even have dreamed of a few short weeks ago! I AM SILKMEN TILL I DIE!!

Featured Image courtesy of Chelsie Wilson.

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