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International Confidence Boost

18 October 2013

Assistant manager Mick Jones believes that the returning internationals can play a big part in helping the team to continue their run of form.

Notts have won three of the last four games across all competitions but experienced a break in fixtures due to international call-ups.

Senior players Callum McGregor (Scotland Under-21s), Greg Tempest (Northern Ireland Under-21s), Marcus Haber (Canada) and Andre Boucaud (Trinidad & Tobago) have all linked up with their national teams over the past two weeks. 

Jones has seen a difference in the four players following their return to Meadow Lane and wants them to transfer their confidence onto the pitch at the County Ground, where the Magpies will face Swindon Town.  

“I just think it’s that tag of being an international is a bit special,” he told the press. 

“If you look at Greg Tempest, he’s come back more of a man than when he went, and I think it’s self-assurance and confidence.

“Andre Boucaud is a different player and he’s come back as though he’s the best midfielder in League 1.

“He probably thinks he is at the moment, the way he’s been playing.

“It’s about status as well, to play for your country has got to give you a massive lift as an individual.”

He added: “The next game against Swindon is very, very important.

“I personally feel that if we come out of it with a good result and unscathed, we’ll go on a very good run.”

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Further coverage will be available in the Nottinghamshire Topper and as part of BBC Radio Nottingham’s pre-match show. 

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