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A good feeling

18 March 2017

Kevin Nolan wants his side to go into this weekend's game against Barnet full of confidence following a run of six games unbeaten at Meadow Lane.

The Magpies are yet to lose on their own turf under the 34-year-old and he is keen to maintain the fortress mentality instilled since his arrival.

"We have to fancy ourselves at home with the run we have been on since I have come in," Nolan said.

"We have been solid and there is a good feeling around the place. Everyone is really up for it and we need to stick together.

"There was a bit of a fear factor before I arrived but this is our home and we have made it into a bit of a fortress.

"We do not want opposition fans and players to come here and enjoy themselves. They should go away thinking 'I do not want to go back there again any time soon.'

"The lads have responded magnificently to what has been asked of them and put in some good performances at home which leave us feeling confident for Sunday."

Nolan anticipates another difficult game against the Bees but, while he is wary of the problems the London outfit will pose, he has faith in his squad to stand up to the challenge.

The manager said: "Barnet have been up and down but they have a big threat in John Akinde. He's a difficult one to deal with but they have other dangerous players who can be a real handful to us so we have to make sure we nullify their strengths and play on their weaknesses.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Kevin Nugent [Barnet manager], who I know from my time at Leyton Orient. He is a great man and we get on really well.

"I'm sure he wants to get one over on me as much as I want to get one over on him but hopefully I'm the one with a smile on my face when he comes to see me after the game!"

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Nolan was wearing a special t-shirt at his press conference ahead of the club's designated Prostate Cancer UK fixture. Click here to learn more.

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