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An opportunity to put it right

Nolan previews Carlisle trip

19 October 2017

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Kevin Nolan is hoping for a positive response from his team at Carlisle on Saturday afternoon.

Notts make the long journey to Cumbria looking to right the wrongs of their 2-0 defeat at Crewe on Tuesday evening.

And, after the disappointment of that result at the Alexandra Stadium, the Notts boss wants to employ a back-to-basics approach at Brunton Park.

"It's about getting back to doing what we have been doing," said the manager.

"We had a lot of the ball at Crewe but our first shot on target wasn't until the 63rd minute, which is not good enough for us.

"But the good thing about this league is that you get an opportunity every few days to put it right.

"We're looking for a big improvement and I hope it will come because the lads have been fantastic since Tuesday."

With Notts still second in the Sky Bet League Two table, the manager expects opposition teams to continue to play above themselves against the Magpies and wants his men to cope with the challenge.

"Teams are going to raise their game when those at the top come to town," he said.

"As a manager you don't need to motivate your players because they will want to prove to everyone they are better than them on the day.

"My lads have to start finding a way to get themselves motivated. You can't go away from home and expect to be given anything cheaply. You have to earn it.

"We can't worry about anyone else. We need to strip everything back and make sure we are ready for Carlisle, which will be another tough game; they are a good footballing outfit.

"You want to get momentum going again in the next game but there is no need for anyone to panic.

"We are well in control of what we want to do and we are well ahead of where anyone thought we would be."

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