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A winning mentality

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18:46 19th March 2017

by Tom Shaw-Mellors

Notts County defender Matt Tootle believes the winning mentality can continue until the end of the season following today’s 1-0 victory over Barnet.

Tootle scored the only goal of the game after Notts battled with 10 men for 80 minutes, securing a vital three points to take the Magpies 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

The 26-year-old said: “I’ve scored a few in the league but that’s my first one in a while. It was a good first one for Notts and, the way the game went with us only having 10 men, I think it was a great time to get it. I was made up to get the goal.

"Driving here today I knew how important the three points were for us and I’m over the moon with how it’s gone.

“Of course we aren’t mathematically safe and, although teams down the bottom are struggling to win also, we aren’t resting on our laurels until we're fully safe.”

The right back feels manager Kevin Nolan has had a majorly positive effect on the squad and believes the team is more than capable of recording more victories towards the end of the season.

Tootle said: "The gaffer has been really putting us through our paces in training. The work we are doing at the moment has set us up for the busy schedule - we are fitter than we were two months ago and I felt we looked like the team with 11 men at the end today.

“As a defender you want clean sheets and even today with ten men we looked really organised and strong as a unit. That’s testament to the gaffer coming in and doing the work with the lads.

“We want to finish as best as we can. If we can win another five or six this season, which we are more than capable of doing, we can end what has been a strange season on a high note."

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