Backe (right) is the new chief at Notts County
Swedish manager Hans Backe endured a frustrating first game in charge of League 2’s richest club. Fellow promotion hopefuls Shrewsbury Town came away from Meadow Lane – but it could, and should have been more.
Town started the better of the two sides, their slick passing creating an opportunity but Kevin McIntyre’s low cross just evaded the lunging Waide Fairhurst at the far post. But it wasn’t long until they had the lead, Dean Holden’s cross falling nicely for on-loan Jamie Devitt who buried his finish low past Kasper Schmeichel.
The match really came alive after half-time. Notts County came out in search of an equaliser, and Steve Phillips had to be alert to deny former Shrew Luke Rodgers at the near post. But is was Shrewsbury who had a glorious chance to extend their lead. Dean Holden put in another teasing delivery, which Schmeichel did well to claw out. The ball fell to top scorer Dave Hibbert, but his volley was cleared off the line.
It turned out to be the turning point in the game, as Town began to come under serious pressure. Backe introduced Ade Akinbiyi from the bench and he quickly produced a smart turn and shot to test Phillips. However it soon told, as skipper Graeme Lee lingered at the far post and Luke Rodgers found him in acres of space to nod in.
Shrews manager Paul Simpson was understandably disappointed with the final score, but this game was a fantastic advert for League 2 football.
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Tagged Ade Akinbiyi, Dave Hibbert, Dean Holden, Graeme Lee, Hans Backe, Jamie Devitt, Kasper Schmeichel, Kevin McIntyre, Luke Rodgers, Notts County, Paul Simpson, Shrewsbury Town, Steve Phillips, Waide Fairhurst
Under pressure: Lee Richardson
There are increasing rumours from around the league that the boards of Chesterfield and Notts County are becoming increasingly frustrated with their managers.
Chesterfield are languishing in mid-table, despite having pre-season hopes of at least a play-off place. And Lee Richardson is under pressure from the fans, who believe with the talent at his disposure, they should be battling for promotion. A dissapointing result at home to Macclesfield on Friday night means he really needs a result at Port Vale on Saturday. What price could you get on him getting the sack if they lose the 4th replay against Droylsden, a decent shout in my eyes.
Notts County boss Ian McParland has also been under pressure from Magpie supporters. The Nottingham club has lost 4 out of the last 6 games, and lie down the table in 16th place.
So what do you think? Who will be the first manager to face the sack, or will neither of them go?
An update on the loan moves happening over the last few days.
Forte has joined County for a month
Scunthorpe striker Jonathan Forte has joined Notts County on a month’s loan. The 22-year old will make his debut against Barnet on Saturday, with the hope of lifting the Magpie’s up the table.
Not Junior, but Abu Agogo has signed for Barnet on a month’s loan from Arsenal. The 19-year old defender will give Paul Fairclough options, after Joe Devera was sidelined for a month.
Elsewhere, Shrewsbury Town striker Michael Symes, 25, has joined Bournemouth for a month on loan. Shrews boss Paul Simpson told the club’s website: “We have a big squad and I felt that the opportunity for Michael to go and get a month out on loan at Bournemouth would do him the world of good.”
And Gylfi Sigurdsson has returned to Reading after the Royals turned down Shrewsbury’s request to keep him for a further month.
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Tagged Abu Agogo, Arsenal, Barnet, Bournemouth, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Joe Devera, Jonathan Forte, Michael Symes, Notts County, Paul Fairclough, Paul Simpson, Reading, Scunthorpe United, Shrewsbury Town