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Nolan: The pressure's off

Boss looks ahead to FA Cup tie

2 November 2017

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Notts County manager Kevin Nolan is relishing the chance for his side to pit their wits against a team from a higher division in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Bristol Rovers, 13th in League One, are Friday's visitors to Meadow Lane and the Notts boss is looking to use the tie as an opportunity to further assess the capability of his squad.

"Bristol Rovers will give us an indicator of how far we have come in such a short space of time," he said.

"When we went to Scunthorpe in the Carabao Cup we applied ourselves really well and there were a lot of positives to take. That's what I'm expecting tomorrow.

"The pressure's off. The lads are really looking forward to it and so am I. I hope we can produce another good performance to give ourselves a fantastic chance of making it through to the next round.

"I've never been in the competition this early before so this is something new for me."

The dream of every team is to reach the third round, with potential for a lucrative tie against a Premier League giant.

But Nolan insists the focus of his squad is solely on their clash with the Pirates.

"We can't look any further than Bristol Rovers," he said. "We have to take it one round at a time.

"They have had a decent season so far and will cause us problems if we don't respect them. 

"They will come here to play open, expansive football and will want to excite the crowd, so it should be a really good cup tie.

"We're at home, we won our last game here and we want to start building momentum because we have big games coming up.

"It's a big start to a big eight days for us."

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