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Nolan: Nothing changes

Boss previews Cheltenham visit

16 November 2017

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Kevin Nolan says preparations remain the same as Notts County gear up for a hectic seven days.

The Magpies host Cheltenham Town on Saturday afternoon to begin a three-game week.

But the manager is looking no further than this weekend's clash against Gary Johnson's side.

"The way Gary's teams play, he won't be giving us anything for free - we will have to earn what we get," he said.

"We have to respect the fact teams are going to raise their game against us because we are top of the league but, for me, nothing changes.

"The players will be given details about strengths and weaknesses of the opposition, but it's about us and focusing on becoming better as a squad and team."

With Elliott Hewitt suspended after accumulating his fifth booking of the season at Stevenage last weekend, the manager will be forced to make at least one change on Saturday.

But Nolan revealed his decision on who will replace the former Ipswich man is not as straightforward as some may think.

"There are a number of players who can come into that position now," he said. "That's what's great about this squad.

"If you get a knock and miss a game you might not get your place back for three or four weeks and you end up sitting on the bench waiting for your chance.

"Rob Milsom had the same situation a few weeks ago when he picked up an injury, which allowed Elliott to come in - and he's done fantastically well.

"But it's not as clear-cut as one coming in for the other. We have plenty of options and can change systems.

"We're looking at a number of things we can do for the weekend and whoever is lucky enough to get the shirt will want to put in a strong performance so they keep their place for the next game."

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