TT OPPOSITION Q&A
Paul Mace discusses his team Notts County
Hi Paul, so summarise County’s season up for us in a couple of paragraphs?
Frustrating and, since the change of manager recently, quite baffling. Consensus of fans would be that it’s not as strong a team as last season but plenty in the tank to reach the play-offs under Neal Ardley. We were hard to beat and quite efficient although never able to go on a winning run like Torquay or Sutton.
Your recent form has been poor, how have the performances been?
Performances have been as poor as the results. We’ve lost four out of six in the league since Ian Burchnall arrived and were knocked out of the FA Trophy semi final by Hornchurch – a team who had been furloughed for four months! We look a shell of the side we were a few months ago. Any hope of a ‘new manager bounce’ has had the opposite effect.
What’s been the highlights of your season so far?
Now you’re asking. It would have to be the victory over Dagenham 3-1 when Michael Doyle went in goal after our keeper Sam Slocombe was sent off in the first 20 minutes. They missed the penalty and Doyle had a blinder. We played very well in front of the BT cameras in a 1-0 midweek victory over Stockport last year. And we put together a good run in January which earned Neal Ardley manager of the month. It’s been largely a case of 2 steps forward, 2 steps back.
Who are your key players and why?
Michael Doyle – One of the oldest outfield players in the NL at 39. Runs the midfield and a born winner. He has been out injured but was on the bench last week and is a strong candidate to return this weekend.
Connell Rawlinson – Powerful centre half at this level. Came out fighting with a very positive interview this week about making the play-offs after our recent slump.
Kyle Wootton – Leads the line well, a powerful centre forward but having a lean time of late in front of goal.
Cal Roberts – Don’t worry, you wont have to worry about him. He’s out most talented player but got COVID at the end of last year and still not fully recovered. Ruled out for the season.
PLAYER PROFILE – MICHAEL DOYLE
Date of Birth: 8th August 1981 – 39 years-old
Former Clubs: Celtic, Aarhus GF, Coventry City, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Portsmouth
National League Stats: Played – 27, Goals – 1, Bookings – 3
International: Republic of Ireland – 1 cap
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