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Don't get carried away

Nolan calls for focus ahead of Lincoln clash

13 January 2018

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Kevin Nolan wants his side to keep cool heads as they travel to Sincil Bank to face Lincoln City this weekend.

The Imps enjoyed a fine December, taking 13 points from a possible 15 in the league to move from 10th into the upper echelons of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places.

That form saw their manager, Danny Cowley, win the Manager of the Month award earlier this week and Nolan is keen to see his charges maintain their performance levels after starting the new year with successive victories.

"Lincoln have had a surge and are not too far behind us, which adds that bit of extra spice," he said.

"We have to make sure we enjoy it and don't get too carried away with the atmosphere. We have to go there and do what we have done for the majority of the season.

"If we play well we are more than a match for anyone and will win the game more times than we will lose.

"We have hit the 50-point mark and we have to keep our standards high. I believe in this squad and I believe we can see through the second half of the season and go through it in the way we went through the first."

And, after reaching his one-year anniversary as manager at Meadow Lane, the Notts boss insists there is no time for sentiment as he remains firmly focused on helping the club achieve its on-field ambitions this season.

“For me, it’s been a fantastic 12 months," he said. "I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m hoping we can continue to grow together.

“But you can’t stand still and pat yourself on the back because you can come unstuck.

“I can’t believe in the hype. I’ve got to make sure I maintain a certain level of consistency in what I do.

“It’s been a fantastic year, and no one can take that away from us, but it’s gone now. Let’s make 2018 better. That’s the motivation.”

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