Saturday’s clash with Buxton provided the team with an important challenge in the build-up to the new season, says Alan Sheehan.
The defender played 45 minutes in a 1-1 draw with the non-league outfit and scored a stoppage time equaliser from the penalty spot.
A difficult pitch could have prevented the Magpies from keeping the ball on the ground but the players stuck to their guns and played some nice football in spells.
“The pitch wasn’t great but these are the tests that you face when you face teams like this,” Sheehan told Magpie Player.
“They’re obviously trying to prove a point and we’re trying to get our fitness going.
“I think we did fine and it’s just about getting yourself ready and making sure that you’re doing your job at this stage.
“The manager’s brought in some good players but it’s still early days and we’re still gelling together so hopefully we’ll come good by the season, I’m sure.”
Sheehan was just glad to be out on the pitch again, following two weeks of training.
The Irishman played the second half of Notts' first pre-season match at The Silverlands.
He said: “Obviously the first couple of games are about getting rid of the rustiness and getting back into the groove really.
“It was nice to get it out of the way and get 45 minutes into the bank, everybody seems to be quite pleased.
“The first two weeks we’ve been training a lot but obviously game time is what we all need.
“We’ve been training hard but it was nice to get that first game out of the way.”
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