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Up for the fight

Nolan wary of Crewe threat

17 October 2017

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Kevin Nolan urged his side to be "up for the fight" as they travel to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening.

The Magpies are top of Sky Bet League Two following a 1-1 draw against Forest Green and a 2-1 win over Barnet at the weekend.

And Nolan, who will be without the injured Adam Collin for the trip to Cheshire, has warned his players about the quality within the Railwaymen's squad.

"Crewe have a lot of good young players who will be hungry to prove themselves and David Artell is a good manager," he said.

"We'll be going there to try and shut them out because they have some good individuals. They play really well and want to do things the right way.

"If we go there and let them play, they will hurt us.  We have to be up for the fight - but I'm sure they will be too.

"When you're winning games, you want the next one to come along as quickly as possible and that's the mentality our lads need to have."

Shola Ameobi's goal against Barnet made him the 14th different player to score for Notts this season, a statistic the manager is delighted with.

"You need goals from all over the pitch and that's why we recruited the way we did in the summer," said Nolan.

"Whatever we do, we always feel we're a genuine threat through midfield and with the defence coming up for set pieces.

"It makes it more difficult to play against us and that's what we wanted to create. We have players who are adaptable and can play in different positions.

"I can make changes and it doesn't weaken us at all. There will be fresh legs out there tomorrow so we can get another high-intensity performance from the lads."

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