This isn’t going to plan really is it?
Two games down and things couldn’t have been much more different in anyone’s wildest dreams.
A frontline that dominated much of what stood in front of them last season is yet to seriously test either of the goalkeepers they have faced in the league, and a previously watertight defence that has conceded six soft goals in two games. To put things into perspective, Steve Cotterill’s title-winning side of last year only conceded six in his 18 games at the helm.
To be fair, things couldn’t be any further from that crisis i alluded to in my previous post but it’s still not the sort of start anyone would’ve expected. Whilst Notts find themselves bottom by a clear three goals, the likes of also-promoted Rochdale find themselves with two creditable draws, whilst Bournemouth today put five goals past a side that last year was playing the Championship.
It’s facts like this that make you want to believe things will turnaround quickly. But on the pitch the players continue to do little to inspire confidence despite their apparent best efforts.
Players who last year that could control games whilst still having another a gear or two to step upto have failed to hit the ground running like they needed to and will now start to find the transition in league’s even harder to adjust to.
What remained of last season’s team spirit may just be ditching the team at the most inopportune of moments. At least with last week’s home humbling at the hands of Huddersfield the team had a chance to take out their aggression on Plymouth in the cup. Now it’s a long seven day wait, something the team seldom experienced at the tail end of last season.
What comes next for Notts is consecutive games against teams they shared a division with just 12 months ago. Play-off victors Dagenham & Redbridge are the visitors to Meadow Lane on Saturday in a fixture we won last year (mildly coincidentally) 3-0. Bank Holiday Weekend however sees an increasingly daunting trip down to the south coast for Bournemouth.
You can’t (and logically don’t) measure a season on it’s first two games, but the next two games at least should offer a clearer indication on how far the team has come since last season’s embarrassment of riches.