Final thought - Oh no, another Tuesday game!

Last updated : 27 January 2008 By Paul Smith
I'd have taken a point from the trip to Morecambe prior to Saturday's 1-1 draw. The latest side to enter the Football League have surprised most this campaign to sit on the brink of the League Two playoff zone.

And with Notts struggling yet again this season, the Shrimps were clear favourites going into the game. But both sides looked similar, and it was difficult to see who were the side ten places above the other.

On reflection, the disappointment that Notts failed to leave the coast without
Meadow Lane at night... Not good for Notts
all three points, shouldn't be felt too strongly. It was a good point, against a side with a decent home record.

But Notts could quite easily have won. Having taken the lead, and being so impressive defensively of late, the strong travelling contingent would have been hopeful of seeing out the fixture - and for a long period that looked like being the case.

But one defensive lapse cost the Magpies, and nowhere near enough was created in attack as the strikeforce again failed to notch. If only Richard Butcher's goals heralded three points then Notts would be promotion contenders!

As it is, all nine of the midfielder's strikes have been in games Notts have either drew or lost. Incredible really, but that sums up Ian McParland's mens season.

Last midweek win... Expect similar celebrations when Notts end barren run
In the grand scheme of things, the point will look even better if it is followed up by a point - or three - at Brentford on Tuesday.

But a check through the statistics shows that midweek games very rarely produce joy for Notts - infact it hasn't for a long while.

Unbelievably Notts have gone eleven games without winning a midweek game - and that fact excludes Friday night games at MK Dons (lost 3-0) and Hartlepool (drew 1-1).

The last midweek win came when Championship Southampton were toppled on a memorable Carling Cup night last season - Tuesday October 24, 2006 - as Mike Edwards and Jason Lee brought about a fine 2-0 win.

League wise the last midweek win came as Junior Mendes scored one of just five Notts goals in his career at Meadow Lane as Steve Thompson's men beat off Stockport County 1-0 on Tuesday September 26, 2006.

This season the games include cup defeats to Coventry in the Carling Cup and Leyton Orient in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Mendes... Scored Notts' last midweek league winner

Plus league losses to Hereford, Peterborough and the MK Dons. And a draw with Barnet.

Last season following the Southampton victory, Notts lost against Shrewsbury, Stockport, Hartlepool and Wycombe. Again the Magpies managed a draw with Barnet.

It is a quite alarming statistic, and one which will be difficult to overcome against an improving Brentford side.

Some would say a point would be another good result, another step in the right direction. A win however is what everyone really desires.

Unfortunately, the game is played in midweek.