Notts County are expecting a fight at the New York Stadium this weekend, says Keith Curle.
The Magpies will face npower League 2 promotion chasers Rotherham United in the second round of the FA Cup with Budweiser on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
The Millers head into the match in a confident mood on the back of two consecutive wins, whereas Notts are looking to make it 20 away matches unbeaten away from home.
Curle watched Rotherham’s 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night and knows what to expect from Steve Evans’ team.
The boss is anticipating a stern test but, with a bumper away backing behind his team, he has every belief that Notts can battle their way into the third round.
He told the press: “It’s a difficult place to go to and I think people are going to go there with an expectancy.
“Because of our away form and from being a division above, people are going to think that we’re an automatic into the next round.
“I can assure you that it won’t be that easy, it will be a very difficult task.
“We will go there and apply ourselves in the right frame of mind and we will be competitive.
“It’s a slight local derby and a decent rivalry and we’ll have a very good, vocal support behind us.
“You never know with these games where they can lead to, so it’s important that we go there mentally and physically prepared.”
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