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Fighting spirit in abundance

19 August 2017

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan praised the character of his squad after they overcame Wycombe Wanderers in a thrilling encounter at Adams Park.

The Magpies emerged 4-2 winners after Wycombe had levelled the contest with two superb goals.

But Nolan's men didn't give up on the three points, much to the boss' delight.

He said: "Relief is the big word. I thought we controlled the first half and really deserved to be 2-0 up. I said to the lads 'A bit more of the same and don't go away from what you're doing.'

"I feel we then took a bit of extra time on the ball and were getting caught in possession, which allowed Wycombe to get into the game.

"But for the substitutes to get two goals later on was fantastic. 22 players travelled with us today and every one of them were part of it.

"We always ask the subs to be ready and to make sure they have a positive impact when they come on - and I thought all three did."

Jonathan Forte and Lewis Alessandra both came off the bench to score and Nolan says the fighting spirit extends far beyond those in the starting 11.

"We've got it in abundance," he said. "You can see the players' will to get better together.

"Everyone in our dressing room is going to be needed at some point this season. They've got to keep believing their time will come and, when it does, make sure they're ready."

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