This weekend, Gary Liddle returns to Hartlepool United for the first time since departing for Meadow Lane but the only thing on his mind is three points.
Liddle spent six years at Victoria Park, where he played 283 times and scored 21 goals prior to teaming up with the Magpies in the summer.
The County number eight is disappointed to see the Pools struggling at the foot of npower League 1, though he insists that there is no room for sympathy come 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
Liddle’s priorities lie with Notts and he is determined to close the gap on the Play-Off places, even at the detriment of a club that is close to his heart.
“It’s disappointing to see how they are doing at the moment, they are an established League 1 club but they’ve found this year difficult,” he told Magpie Player.
“Since the new manager’s come in, they’ve changed their style of play and I know they enjoy playing for him.
“Away from home they’ve picked up results lately but I think they’ve lost their last six or seven at home, so hopefully we can exploit that.
“Just because they’re bottom of the league you can’t be expecting an easy ride.
“It certainly won’t be like that because they’ve got some good footballers there and if we don’t do it properly we’ll be in trouble.”
He added: “I will certainly be hoping that we come away with three points.
“The next three or four games, on paper, are all very winnable games, like most in this league, so if we can get a good total of points out of them then we’ll be up there mounting a challenge."
Liddle admitted that he hopes for a warm welcome from the home supporters at Victoria Park.
“I’m looking forward to it so it’ll be good to see a few familiar faces again, faces who I got used to seeing every day of my life for six years,” he continued.
“I haven’t seen them now for six months so it’ll be good to see them all again, that’s for sure.
“I’m hoping for a good reaction from the fans hopefully, I always got on with the fans there and I always gave my best.
“They were always truthful with me and I enjoyed my time there and I’m looking forward to going back.”
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