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Dennis relishing derby atmosphere

7 December 2018

Kristian Dennis says Notts County can draw off the energy of the travelling fans when they visit Mansfield on Saturday.

The Magpies make the trip to the One Call Stadium for the first Nottinghamshire Derby of the season to face Sky Bet League Two’s sixth-placed side.

And the striker says the supporters have a big role to play at the weekend.

“It will be great having the fans roaring us on and hopefully we use that to help get us over the line with a win.

“You want to send your fans home happy when you face your local rivals so there’s some added spice.

“I played at Mansfield with Chesterfield last year and know the atmosphere will be electric.

"You don’t even have to get yourself up for the game because the supporters will do it for you."

Dennis has enjoyed his recent run of games and hopes to net against the Stags for the first time in his career.

“Scoring in any match is great but against your local rivals is extra special," he said. "I’ve not scored when I’ve played Mansfield in the past so fingers crossed I do on Saturday.

“We are creating opportunities which is the main thing and hopefully that continues and I get more goals.

“In the last few weeks I’ve played most games and hopefully that will continue because I was in and out at the start of the season.”

Saturday’s clash will be manager Neal Ardley’s first league match in charge of Notts and Dennis is hopeful of a winning start.

He said: "The manager has put his ideas across and we are all singing from the same hymn sheet so hopefully we implement his ideas on Saturday and win the game.

"It’d mean more than anything because where we are in the table means we need a win."


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