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It'll be a tight game

Boss previews Coventry visit

5 April 2018

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Kevin Nolan is forecasting a narrow affair when Coventry City visit Meadow Lane this weekend.

Despite a 6-2 defeat at home to Yeovil on Easter Monday, the Sky Blues still boast the best defensive record in the division with 38 goals conceded in 40 matches.

And it leaves the Notts boss predicting a tighter encounter than the 3-0 success the West Midlands side enjoyed on the opening day.

"You have to expect a reaction from them after the result they had on Monday," he said.

"Mark Robins is a good manager and a lovely fella. He and his players will make sure they get a response because they will be hurting.

"But I want a reaction from my players after losing at Accrington on Monday and not winning our last home game.

"Coventry have been fantastic away from home and still have one of the best defensive records in the league so I expect it to be a tight game.

"We are going to need people to be confident, consistent and patient because our opportunities may not come until the last 10 minutes."

With five games remaining in the 2017-18 campaign, the manager is hoping his side can rediscover their cold-blooded nature in front of goal after registering back-to-back blanks over Easter for just the second time this season.

"We can't rely on anyone else, it is all about us," he said. "If we apply ourselves we will give ourselves the best opportunity to win the game.

"We need people to have the confidence to have a shot and put the goalkeeper under pressure.

"When we are getting opportunities at the minute we are not shooting or working the goalkeeper and that's the most disappointing aspect.

"Earlier in the season if a team kept a clean sheet against us they knew they had been in a game but at the minute we are letting teams off because we haven't been as ruthless and that's what this week has been about."

Meanwhile, Nolan revealed he was set to welcome Terry Hawkridge back into an otherwise fully-fit squad after the winger missed Monday's defeat at Accrington with a minor injury.

With a large crowd expected this weekend, Notts fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance.

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