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Food for thought

8 November 2016

Notts County manager John Sheridan has challenged his fringe players to give him a selection headache for the weekend ahead of the Checkatrade Trophy trip to Sunderland.

The Magpies travel to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday knowing that a win inside 90 minutes will secure progression from the group stage.

Sheridan will be without Alex Rodman and Jordan Richards, who were withdrawn with groin injuries at half-time in Sunday's Emirates FA Cup first-round tie against Boreham Wood.

And he expects those selected to face the Premier League outfit to give him food for thought before Notts face Blackpool in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.

Sheridan said: "There will be one or two changes in my side so it will be a good chance for those who have not played as much as they would like to impress me.

"I hope the players I choose will give me a selection problem for the weekend by going out there and winning the game.

"We know the permutations involved so we will go there and try to win, which is the most important thing."

County came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Boreham Wood and the manager praised the character and resilience of his team, who have also rallied to claim seven points from losing positions in league games.

He said: "The good thing about my players is that they will go to the end. We have shown that by coming from behind on a number of occasions so far this season. 

"We may not play well and we may not have clicked in the way I would like us to but we definitely have a bit of doggedness and determination about us.

"I have good lads in the team who know they are not playing well but they keep going and that is one thing I have got in my side. If they are making mistakes they still dig in and that is a good sign."

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