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We want to build momentum

21 January 2017

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan wants his side to maintain their early promise as they travel to Grimsby tomorrow afternoon.

A goalless draw with Mansfield Town last weekend in Nolan's first game in charge snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Magpies and the new manager is keen to see his charges go on a positive run to push themselves up the table and away from the relegation zone.

He said: "We want to build momentum now. We have been down in the dumps for so long with the 10 losses on the spin, but now we want to go as long as we can without losing.

"That may mean picking up draw after draw and getting as many clean sheets as we can until we get that confidence going.

"These are all factors that are going to keep us up. There is lots of emphasis on clean sheets because I think we find goals easy to come by with the attacking options we have got.

"We have 10, nine and seven goals between the front three of Jon Stead, Jonathan Forte and Adam Campbell. We know if we get chances they will put them away.

"We have to look forward, take all the good things from last week and build on them."

Grimsby are only four points away from the play-off places in their first season back in the EFL, largely thanks to Omar Bogle's 18 goals which see him sharing the top-scorer spot with Barnet's John Akinde.

And the Notts boss expects another tough challenge against the Mariners at Blundell Park.

"They are a very good outfit and try to do things right," he said.

"They had a bit of a bad result at home to Exeter last weekend so will want to make amends.

"It's going to be tough, but you're never going to get an easy game in this league. You've got to be up for the battle and we are certainly going to get the lads up for that.

"Hopefully the bits we have worked on will hurt them and we can deal with their threat so we can have a bigger smile than we did last week."

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