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Respect them and earn it

9 March 2018

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Kevin Nolan says his Notts County team must respect a Forest Green Rovers side who can "beat anyone on their day" ahead of their game this weekend.

The Magpies travel to The New Lawn on Saturday to face a resurgent Rovers side who have won their last five home outings, form which has helped them to move seven points clear of the relegation zone.

And Nolan is confident his side have the ability to stifle the Gloucestershire outfit, who are managed by former Notts boss Mark Cooper.

"Forest Green have been fantastic at home since the turn of the year and can beat anyone on their day," he said.

"We're well aware that we have to go there, respect them and earn a result.

"Mark has recruited really well and has done a fantastic job getting them up last year and making it seem so simple to stay in the league this year.

"They are a strong side and play good football with two fantastic strikers in Christian Doidge and Reuben Reid so it won't be an easy one.

"But if we turn up and do what we need to do we can come away with another positive result."

Nolan is eyeing a first away win since the 4-1 success at Morecambe on Boxing Day and the manager says a victory on the road is well overdue.

"The away form is something we have spoken about," he admitted.

"Between now and the end of the season we might change a few things because we haven't been as successful away from home as we have been at home.

"It's been our home form mainly which has kept us up there but we want to change that.

"Hopefully we can get a good result on Saturday which can give the lads the belief that they can go away and beat anyone anywhere.

"If we win on Saturday, it's a massive tick for anyone because Forest Green have been so good at home of late."

The manager revealed that goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons would be the only absentee from the squad as he goes through the protocol for a head injury following his road traffic accident on Monday morning.

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