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Notts County Story – March 2017

Hello my friends, a new Notts County update is freshly packed and ready to go! February has been good for us overall, at least the end of it was since we managed to clinch the Carling Cup for the third time in a row. The Premier League table was looking quite alright too, Chelsea were four points behind us but we had two games in hand. Let’s see what happened in March 2017.

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Before the first leg against Chelsea we had another Premier League to play, at home with 5th placed Liverpool. You can imagine that I was hoping for a win but I wasn’t even dreaming of a demolition job. Well, the Reds found themselves under heavy pressure right from the beginning of the game and Nicola Bonetti opened the scoring with a placed finish. Five minutes later Simon Kjaer jumped higher than Skrtel and headed home a corner kick. It took us only nine minutes to hit the net again, Sergio Aguero placed in an assist from his mate Andrea Romano. Then Zapata made his strength count and fired in a ball that he fought for in a corner kick scuffle. 4-0 at the break wasn’t enough though, my boys were hungry for more. Andrea Romano made it 5-0 three minutes into the second half and then Zapata beat Reina in the air to score a corner kick header. It was 6-0 but we were relentless and missed another couple of chances. Fernando Torres scored a beautiful consolation goal but Fabian Delph liked the six goals difference so he restored it with a placed finish from inside the box. Well, how about that performance…


No more league games to play in March and we were 10 points clear of Chelsea with two games in hand. Their manager might have to start some voodoo practices if they want to win the title this season ;)

The last game of the month was the first leg of the Champions League quarter final against… Yes, you know it, Chelsea again! I was feeling quite confident but some of the positive mood faded away even before the start of the game. I had four players missing, away on international duty! And those were pretty important players: Sergio Aguero, Cristian Zapata, Guilherme and Agnaldo. I wasn’t expecting that but we had to do well without them. The first half proved that it was quite difficult to do that though, we were unable to get past Chelsea‘s strong hard working midfield. We looked a bit more lively in the second half and our persistence paid off eventually, Andrea Romano gave us the lead with a powerful shot from the edge of the area. The game continued in a fairly quiet fashion, Chelsea were only trying some wild long shots. It looked like we were going to secure the win but something happened in the last possible second before the final whistle, an unlikely cross found one of Chelsea‘s men unmarked a couple of yards from the goal line and he headed the ball into the net with ease. Not a good result at all, we’ll have to score at Stamford Bridge to reach the semi finals…


We’ll be extremely busy in April but I wish the schedule will get even more hectic (that means going through to the Champions League semi finals). Otherwise, we’ll be very happy to meet Chelsea twice in five days, first at Stamford Bridge and then at Wembley.

That’s how it was, I wish it would have ended with a win over Chelsea but I guess you can’t have everything. Thanks for reading, I’m looking forward to do my share of reading on your comments ;) Before wrapping it up I have an announcement to make: I’m testing my talent as a sports writer, you can check out my preview of tomorrow’s Liverpool vs Chelsea here. Feedback welcome and appreciated, as always.

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Kevin
Kevin
11 years ago

Hi Johnny
It’s too bad your month ended with that draw against Chelsea but I feel your team as enough depth of character to see you through in the return leg. What a total demolition of Liverpool, that must have been fun to watch and also you hammered Spurs once again. Great job.
By the way your other article is excellent as well.Is this a new (real)career?

Laxeyman
11 years ago

Hi Johnny, another great month, particularly the thrashing of Liverpool, that made me quite sad as a Reds fan, but good to see your team playing so well. Unlucky against Chelsea, but like Kevin, I think you’ve still got a good chance. The other article is good, maybe you’ll take up sports writing? Strangely enough I’ve thought about it myself as a career when I’m older… Good luck against Chelsea.

Martin
Martin
11 years ago

Good Results Especially The Liverpool Thrashing But Your Players Will Have To Keep Their (Virtual) Selves Focussed To Grab All The Glory Available.
The Article’s Good, I Hope We Can Come Out Victorious, But It Should Be Tough!
By The Way, Remember My 1st FM Game As Charlton, Well, I’m Starting As Them Again On The 10.3 Patch.
I’ve Signed Quite A Few Players, Defenders Francis Dickoh And Craig Cathcart On Loan, Also Fabrice Muamba And Marlon Harewood On Loan, Remi Fournier(£180k) Thomas Dossevi(65k) Paul Smith (150k) Craig Conway (250k) And Finally A Youngster From Universitatea Craiova Called Mihai Costea, The Younger Brother Of Florin Costea (6CapsForRomania) From The Same Club.
He Has Scored 10 In 11, I Love Him Already. We Are Top With 21 Points In 8 Games Also.

Lye
Lye
11 years ago

The highlight of the month is definitely the match against Liverpool. It will be difficult in the second leg in stamford Bridge but i have full confidence in your team. Glad to see you testing your writing skills as a sports writer, hope to see more often though:)

warren
11 years ago

You have a massive game against Chelsea next month and they will be looking for revenge in the carling cup as the match will be really interesting. I cannot wait for the next post.

warren

Ana Garcia
11 years ago

Good luck Johnny, am sure the league is yours being 10 points clear,
but that away goal could be costly. 94 minutes!! :)

hils
hils
11 years ago

Beating Liverpool 7-1 is one hell of a accomplishment for notts county. In my arsenal game im targeting Ryan Harley from Exeter City and Sergio Romero from AZ

hils
hils
11 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

Have you seen Ryan Harley in action for Exeter City,he is there magic man!

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