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31 March 2017

Kevin Nolan insists there can be no let-up from his players ahead of the visit of Colchester United on Saturday (3pm).

The U's arrive at Meadow Lane looking to force their way into the play-off places but Nolan has confidence in his players to continue their strong home record under him, which currently stands at seven games unbeaten.

The manager said: "This is a massive game. Colchester are a good side but we feel we can beat anyone on our own patch and that will be the same this weekend.

"They have some talented players along their forward line who have scored a lot of goals so they will be a big threat. It is about us nullifying them and taking advantage of their weaknesses.

"We want to finish as strongly as possible. I want to see what the whole squad has got from now until the end of the season.

"If we can win we will be another step closer towards the top half of the table, which would be a fantastic achievement given where we were when I first walked through the door."

Many of the players have praised the manager for his work on the training field in making them a more solid, organised unit and Nolan believes they are the fundamentals upon which a successful team is built.

"Every team needs organisation and structure," he said. "That was something I tried to instil quickly but it has not been easy. We have worked on it every day and shown them what they are doing well on the video.

"We have to keep everything simple so that the players can pick it up quickly. The more they get better at it, the more we will introduce so we can get better together.

"As a manager now I have the responsibility to know what's needed. I tend to go with gut instinct and whatever Thommo [Richard Thomas] and Norm [Mark Crossley] are seeing because they are a big part of the success we have had so far.

"We work closely with the medical department to ensure we get the players out on the training field on a daily basis so we can continue to improve them in all areas."

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