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Just What I Signed Up For

24 August 2012

Defender optimistic after promising opening to the campaign...

Dean Leacock has been impressed the Magpies’ start to the npower League 1 campaign but feels the squad is just getting going. 

Notts defeated newly promoted Crewe Alexandra on the opening day, ending the Railwaymen’s unbeaten run on home turf that stretched back to January 2, before overcoming Hartlepool United at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night.

County are one of only three sides in the division to have taken maximum points from the opening two fixtures and can maintain that record with a victory over Walsall on Saturday. 

Leacock, who joined the club in the summer, has enjoyed the start to his time in the black and white stripes and is excited by the squad’s potential.

“When I first come the gaffer said that he wants us to express ourselves and a lot of players are doing that now,” he told Magpie Player.

“You can see that a lot of players are playing with a smile on their face and have the freedom, and it’s a pleasure to work with the lads.

“There’s quite a few injuries and stuff like that so I think that there’s plenty more to come from the team.

“As a strike force, Nochy’s (Enoch Showunmi) not played yet, Yoann [Arquin] being suspended and Jamal [Campbell-Ryce], so we’ve got good players still to come back in.

“Hopefully they can improve what we’ve been doing and push us on that little bit extra that we might need when we take on the division’s strongest teams.”

Leacock explained that there is already plenty of belief in the dressing room after back-to-back triumphs. 

He said: “Any win builds confidence and the lads we’ve got down here are confident anyway.

“To be winning, there’s a good little buzz around the camp at the moment.

“The gaffer’s a good guy and everyone’s bouncing off each other, and we all want to win and be successful.

“I’m hopefully looking forward to a good campaign and in this league I don’t think there’s nothing to fear.

“If you play a bit of football it can only be good for you, so if we continue to do what we do and improve on what we’re doing, then we’ve got a great chance.”

The Magpies’ clash with the Saddlers kicks off at 3pm. For full ticket details, click here.

For full pre-match build-up, sign in to Magpie Player. 

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