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An enjoyable new role

3 March 2017

Elliott Hewitt is enjoying his new role in the heart of Notts County's defence.

An injury to Thierry Audel and a two-game suspension for Richard Duffy opened the door for Hewitt to fill in at centre back recently.

And the Welshman, who is more used to an attacking full-back role, has helped the Magpies keep successive clean sheets against Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle.

"It's a new position and I'm enjoying it," said Hewitt. "The boys are helping me out.

"The first time I ever played centre back was when Mick Halsall and Richard Dryden took over last year.

"I'm still learning the position and I'm having to concentrate more on defending. The manager has told me to just keep it simple and not get carried away."

The former Ipswich man's efforts have been aided by the equally in-form Haydn Hollis, who has slotted in seamlessly alongside him.

Hewitt said: "I think Haydn and I played twice together last year - Luton away and Crawley away - and we kept two clean sheets then as well. He is so easy to play with - he just heads everything he can -and we seem to have a good partnership.

"Everyone's doing well from 1-11, including the lads who are coming off the bench, and it's clicking for us at the moment."

Notts manager Kevin Nolan has admitted Hewitt and Hollis' form is likely to keep the returning Duffy out of the starting 11 for Saturday's trip to Stevenage. Click here to read more pre-match thoughts from the boss.

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