Keith Curle is excited by his attacking options now that a number of key players are available for selection again.
In recent times, several attacking squad members have missed games through suspension, illness and injury.
Now the manager now has a full quota of offensive options, following the return of Boxing Day goal-scorer Lee Hughes, who is set to make his first Meadow Lane appearance since the 1-1 draw with Crawley Town in November.
The strength in depth was clear to see when the Magpies faced Shrewsbury Town, with the likes of Francois Zoko, Yoann Arquin and Enoch Showunmi populating a strong bench.
Curle hopes that the forwards can bring success to Meadow Lane in the New Year, starting with the 1 January encounter with Milton Keynes Dons (3pm kick-off).
“You need goals in your team to win games and against Shrewsbury we had that goal threat,” said Curle.
“We also had the ability to bring people off the bench as well, which was pleasing.”
He continued: “Potentially we could be a top six team with that little bit of luck that we need, or we could be challenging to be a top six team.
“We needed players to come back from injuries and suspensions – and not get anymore silly supensions or needless injuries.
“I’m confident that with the squad we’ve got at the minute, we’ll be challenging.”
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