Notts County needed a response on Tuesday night at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park. For as much the possibly financially-rewarding cup run, but for the sake of confidence and the good of the supporters.
So a 1-0 win thanks to John Spicer’s first goal for the club is the perfect tonic as we head into the weekend’s second round of nPower league Fixtures. The size of the task shouldn’t be under-estimated at all. Plymouth are a club that just four months ago were two leagues above us, and kicked off their league campaign with a win against strongly fancied Southampton.
County rang the changes with six players coming into the team, with the most notable absence being Lee Hughes, supposedly rested for the weekend’s league game with Oldham following a slight knock. Ben Burgess evidently passed a fitness test and started the game, whilst Pearce, Edwards, Westcarr, Harley, Nelson in goal and goalscorer Spicer starting.
Watford are the reward in the next round. The big boys of English football are yet to enter the League Cup fray so it’s not like there was likely to be much money in our next match. Yet Watford do provide another chance to test ourselves against opposition from a higher league. It’s certainly a winnable fixture in my opinion.
To end, a quick note about my evening yesterday. I spent it at the beautiful Cardiff City Stadium for Cardiff’s fixture with Burton Albion. Credit to the often maligned Cardiff City supporters for a great, and often times friendly experience! The matchday experience at Cardiff in general seems pretty smoothly done so fair play to them!
A good win for them as well in the end, as the gulf in fitness began to tell with three goals in the second period of extra time. Ross McCormack (on his way to Ipswich) said goodbye to the crowd with two well taken finishes, in a substiture appearance that will surely sting the throat of Roy Keane with his new signing now cup-tied…winners all round then!