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Important to stay positive

26 January 2017

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan wants the positivity from his first game in charge to remain as his side take on Crawley Town at Meadow Lane on Saturday.

The former Newcastle midfielder saw his team draw 0-0 with local rivals Mansfield Town in front of a bumper crowd before losing 2-0 at Grimsby last weekend.

But the 34 year-old is hoping for the full backing of the Notts fans again as the Magpies take on the Reds, who lie 14th in the table.

"It's important that we maintain that positivity as staff, players and fans because you don't get anywhere with negativity," he said.

"These players have lost 11 of the last 12 games so confidence is not going to be high but once we nick a win you will see a different set of players.

"When you'd normally think 'I hope I control this ball when it comes to me' you start to think 'What am I going to do with this ball once I have controlled it?'. It's a shift in mentality and that's what we're working at.

"Training has been great, it's been bright and it's been positive with lots of work on trying to eradicate our mistakes from last week and where we went wrong in giving needless goals and chances away.

"Similarly, we are trying to build on the positive things that have happened in the first two games under me."

Three points for Notts would be their first since the 2-1 win at Portsmouth on 22 October and the manager hopes the efforts of his players in training this week is rewarded with victory.

Nolan said: "It would be a massive relief for everyone within the club.

"I want it more for the lads than for myself. They have worked so hard and have been brilliant since I walked in the door.

"I'm looking forward to the game and I am enjoying every minute of the job. My hunger levels are sky high and I am still hungry to succeed. I am confident that, once we get our basics right, we will be a good side.

"I am a positive lad. I don't blank out negativity but I am always trying to look forward rather than back.

"The lads have had a great week and I am hoping we can get the first three points which will allow us to start looking upwards.

"I can't wait for Saturday. We are going to give the players all of the tools to go out and give Crawley a good game because I think we can beat them."

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