Luke Williams returns to one of his former clubs on Saturday, as he takes his Notts County team, who currently sit at the summit of League Two, to MK Dons, who occupy 2nd spot in the league, only one point behind the Magpies. It is no surprise, with Notts currently leading the way in League Two, that Williams has been nominated for the Manager of the Month award, following his sides impressive start to life back in the EFL which has seen them collect 13 points from a possible 18.
County rose to the summit when they hosted Accrington Stanley at the weekend, which saw Williams’ men emerge victorious in what was a thoroughly impressive display. At the beginning of the campaign, many critics of County’s play highlighted the speed in which Notts managed to ‘get going’ in matches, however, there was nothing of the sort this time. Only seven minutes into the contest, the ever-creative Jodi Jones whipped in a fantastic cross, which found its way onto the head of midfielder Dan Crowley, who had ghosted in at the back post to nod past Stanley goalkeeper Toby Savin to give his side the lead. The Magpies were pegged back however only twenty minutes later, when a Shaun Whalley floated freekick was headed expertly over Aidan Stone by the visitors front-man Josh Andrews to level the contest and give his side something to build upon going into the interval. It could have been the visitors who went into the break ahead too as Andrews went through on goal, looking for his and his sides second goal of the game, only to be denied by ‘keeper Stone who made an excellent one-on-one save to deny the forward.
Notts came out of the break firing, dominating possession, and having multiple chances, Langstaff going close twice before he finally got his reward, just after the hour mark, latching onto a David McGoldrick flick on, and showing expert footwork to find the space for a shot, which somehow found the back of the net, off the post. County’s number nine then made sure of all three points for his side in the closing stages, following a sumptuous through ball from Matty Palmer, which Langstaff collected, and with him bearing down on goal there was always only going to be one outcome, as he lifted the ball over the goalkeeper, scoring his second goal of the game, and the Magpies’ third, to take them to the top of the division.
In his post-match interview, Head Coach Williams was full of praise for his in-form front man stating that Langstaff was a “warrior” and describing the forwards two goals as “excellent” as well as being very complimentary of his side. However, a sterner test awaits his men this coming Saturday, when they face another relegated side from League One in the form of Milton Keynes Dons, who have been impressive themselves in the opening six games this season, as they have beaten the likes of Wrexham and Colchester United away from home. Graham Alexander’s side also boast a 100% home record thus far this season, having overcome the tests of Tranmere and Doncaster Rovers respectively, two sides Notts have also beaten. Therefore it is all set up for a thoroughly enthralling affair in Buckinghamshire this coming Saturday, especially as there will be over 2,000 travelling County fans, to spur on their team to, hopefully, another victory.
*Article provided by Will Sey (Notts County Correspondent).
*Main image @Official_NCFC Luke Williams returns to his old side MK Dons for the table topping clash.