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Nolan pleased with second-half resilience

Boss reacts to Checkatrade win

15 August 2017

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Notts manager Kevin Nolan was pleased with the resilience shown by his men to keep a talented Everton Under 21s side at bay this evening.

The Magpies beat the young Toffees 2-1 to kick-start their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a win.

And, while he was pleased with his side's early showing, Nolan admitted the visitors posed Notts problems after the interval.

The manager said: "We were really good in the first half. I thought we dominated and were deservedly 2-0 up.

"There was some lovely interlinking play here and there but in the second half, when Everton changed formation to 4-4-2, we didn't get a handle on it as quickly as I would have liked.

"They went a lot more direct and caused a lot of problems.

"Everton are known for bringing through really good youngsters and there are clearly more there based on what we saw out there tonight.

"We knew they would throw everything at us but we stood up to it. The lads responded well and showed resiliency not to concede another goal.

"I am delighted with the outcome from the last couple of games and we are all now looking forward to the Wycombe game at the weekend."

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