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Notts County In The Carling Cup Final

Hello my friends, the most important month of my second season at the helm of Notts County was about to begin. We qualified for the final of the Carling Cup after beating Preston in the semi final last month, our fans were eager to see us at Wembley Stadium against Everton.

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Hello my friends, the most important month of my second season at the helm of Notts County was about to begin. We qualified for the final of the Carling Cup after beating Preston in the semi final last month, our fans were eager to see us at Wembley Stadium against Everton.

But there still were a lot of games to be played until then, we had to keep a good pace in League One and gain promotion to Championship as soon as possible. The first game of the month was away at 14th placed Norwich, we defeated them 2-0 at Meadow Lane in September. Things went very well again, centre backs Muniesa and De Laet made it 2-0 with powerful headers from corner kicks and winger Pedro Botelho scored a goal on his debut with a superb left footed drive from the edge of the area. Sburlea came in for injured Pekhart and scored a double for us in the second half, quite pleasing :)

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The next game was at home with 6th placed Charlton, a team that held us to a 2-2 draw in September. It was an important game against a promotion contender, we had to do our best to win it. Left back Charlie Mulgrew gave us the lead with another great shot from a free kick and then Sburlea and Gasmi dominated Charlton‘s defense with their great skills. A good win both for the morale and for the league table.

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Next up, the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy North final. The first leg was played at Meadow Lane and despite dominating the whole game we were not able to gain more than a 0-0 draw last month, now we had to stand firm and win the tie away from home. Blackpool were lucky to score am early counter attack goal and despite having quite a few chances in the first half we couldn’t get it past their keeper, he pulled off some spectacular saves. We did it after the break though, first left winger Pedro Botelho headed in a far post cross from right back Gergely Varga and then Tomas Pekhart placed it in after a great run and assist from Romain Gasmi. We were through to the final but there were bad news after the game, Pedro Botelho had a few broken ribs and he was going to be out for around 7 weeks!

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We had another tough league game coming up, away at 4th placed Coventry. We won the home game 5-0 back in October but I wasn’t expecting an easy game. Pekhart wanted to prove me wrong and buried it twice in the first half, he was unstoppable. Coventry looked better in the second half, more offensive, but we ruined everything in only three minutes! It was a shock and my team was not able to react after that, Coventry were more aggresiive and even had the chance to win the game.

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There was one more game to be played before the Carling Cup final, at home with 3rd placed Blackpool, the team that we just defeated in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. We were not very convincing this time but the best player was their keeper again, Paul Rachubka, he saved some unbelievable chances. We should have won it though…

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  1. Wilko

    December 14, 2009 at 17:26

    Sorry mate but im confused or im reading different story but in your November story when you beat Liverpool you said and showed that you were playing Hull in both FA Cup and Semis in Carling Cup but instead you played Preston and Fulham??Also Everton where meant to play Wolves but they played Man City??What happened mate you lose against Hull and started over???

  2. eddie eddie

    December 14, 2009 at 17:32

    Such a shame that you lost the final but I am sure that you will get a chance to win it again good luck next month.

    • Johnny Karp

      December 14, 2009 at 17:36

      @Wilko
      Here’s what happened: link ;)
      @Eddie
      Thanks mate, I’m still thinking if there was a way to beat Everton… I guess we had no chance but painful defeats can make you stronger sometimes.

  3. Dave

    December 14, 2009 at 18:58

    Unlucky mate with the final but even getting there was still an achievement. How did the board and fans feel about getting that far?

    • Johnny Karp

      December 14, 2009 at 19:03

      Thanks Dave. The minimum expectation at the beginning of the season was the third round, so the board and the fans were happy that we achieved more than expected. The fans were disappointed after the Everton game though, maybe a narrow defeat would have been better for them.

  4. Kevin

    December 14, 2009 at 22:39

    Fantastic effort getting a team like Notts Co to a Cup Final and I’m sure you will gain promotion to the Championship, but most likely will take the title.
    I’m really enjoying all your updates and have given up with “Sortitoutsi” for inspiration and just come straight here instead. Great writng too!

    By the way the snow had all melted the other day by the time I got home. Love it!
    (I’m in Canada)

  5. Lye

    December 15, 2009 at 02:27

    Hello mate, it was remarkable to reach the final even though the defeat, Everton is a difficult opposition to play against. After you get promoted and buy some quality players, i believe you will do better in the cup games.

    • Johnny Karp

      December 15, 2009 at 09:38

      @Lye
      Thanks for the comment mate. We were a bit lucky to get to the final but I expected at least a narrow defeat. Unfortunately Everton were quite determined to win it and they gave us no chance to get out of there in one piece.
      @Kevin
      Thanks for the compliment Kevin, the fact that you prefer a small blog like mine to a huge site like Sortitoutsi is a nice thing to hear :) Somehow I was quite sure you’re in Canada, whenever I hear “shoveling snow” I automatically think about Canada for some reason :)

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