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A duty to ourselves

28 April 2017

Mark Yeates insists there are no split loyalties as he prepares to face his former club Blackpool tomorrow afternoon.

The Magpies signed the winger from the Seasiders in January and the Irishman is determined to get the better of his former team-mates to send Notts fans home happy from the final home game of 2016-17.

"I have a lot of really good friends at Blackpool but, at the end of the day, we have a duty to ourselves and our fans to try and win the game," he said.

"We haven't won in three and we want to end the season by taking six points. The last two performances have been strange - for 45 minutes we haven't been at the races but then we really take it to the opposition. We know if we do that for 90 minutes we will give Blackpool a good go.

"They were going through a sticky patch but they have turned it around to put themselves right in the pack. They will come here with a lot of confidence but I'm sure we will give them a good game with our home form."

Yeates, like many members of the Notts squad, is out of contract at the end of the season but the 32-year-old is solely focused on ending the campaign with two wins.

He said: "I get on really well with the gaffer but I am not the only person he will want to speak to because there are a lot of the boys out of contract this summer.

"All I can say is that this is a great club and I have enjoyed my time here. We have managed to do what the gaffer set out to do - keeping us in the league and looking forward.

"I love playing football - it's the reason I came here. I didn't have to leave Blackpool because I was still coming off the bench but I wanted to play regularly.

"What will happen I am not 100% sure but I have enjoyed myself immensely," he added.

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