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Stead demands cool heads on derby day

29 September 2017

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Jon Stead says Notts County 'can't get carried away' as they prepare to take on Mansfield Town in a local derby this weekend.

The Magpies travel to the One Call Stadium following six successive wins in Sky Bet League Two but Stead is urging the squad to maintain their focus and application.

"We're on a good run and playing some good stuff," said the forward.

"We're doing the basics right and doing what's asked of us by the manager.

"Everyone is looking at us and saying what a decent side we are but it can all come crashing down, as we've seen before.

"We can't get carried away. We know results and performances are coming because we are doing all you need to do to win games in League Two."

Stead made his 100th appearance for the club in the midweek win at Exeter

It would be fair to say Stead has not enjoyed his last two trips to the Stags, losing 5-0 and 3-1, but he thinks Notts can use their big-game experience under Kevin Nolan to good effect.

"I've had two difficult trips there during my time here and we know it will be tough," he said. "But we go there with confidence.

"It will be a physical, high-energy game - a typical derby affair. We need to keep our cool and manage the occasion as well as we did against Lincoln last weekend.

"Steve Evans will want a reaction from his team after their disappointing result in midweek.

"We have to stand up to what they throw at us, win the battles and turn the game in our favour."

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