Almost two months to the day since Notts County last won at home (dispatching Portsmouth from Meadow Lane with consumate ease), Paolo Di Canio’s traveling circus pulled up in NG2 hoping to heap more pressure on Keith Curle after another tumultuous week in the club’s recent past.
After last week’s 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe, hopes would’ve been high going into the new week having seen a glimpse of the old Lee Hughes. He would be unsurprisingly back on the bench for Tuesday’s game at Preston North End – only to be handed a three match ban later for an off the ball elbow back at Glanford Park.
As we approach the much-lauded ten game barrier from which we’re supposed to get an idea of where a club’s season lies, Keith Curle’s record breaking Notts County may have just finally seen things click just enough to suggest that promotion is very much on the year’s agenda.
A 1-1 draw at MK Dons on Tuesday evening confirmed what many will have hoped – Notts really do have what it takes to hang with the best in the division.
Notts kicked off their season with a 2-1 opening day win at Crewe Alexandra – marking the first time since the late 90s that the club has won on the first day of the season two campaigns in a row.
With much still being made of the selection of Tom Williams after the League Cup horror show last weekend, it was a relief to see Julian Kelly brought back into the side in the place of Carl Regan. Certainly he would turn in the sort of performance we all knew that he would.
Some 364 days removed from the most devastating swing of Wes Morgan’s right foot that there will ever be, Notts clashed with Forest once more as they brought the curtain down on their latest pre-season preparations.
Two games in three days at Meadow Lane against somewhat revered opposition didn’t quite go to the plan at the times though.
Having last week opted against going into any great detail over another glorified pre-season fitness session, yesterday’s trip to Bridlington for a friendly with Scarborough Athletic was as enjoyable a test against non-league opposition as you’re likely to find.
Notts twice came from behind on the coast to clinch victory with many of Keith Curle’s latest signings impressing. Bearing in mind the quality of the opposition, and the old adage “You can only beat what’s in front of you”, Keith Curle will likely be happy with much of what he saw.