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A little bit of extra spice

Boss previews local derby

16 March 2018

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Kevin Nolan is relishing the intensity of the final stretch of the Sky Bet League Two season.

Saturday's derby against Mansfield Town is the first of four games Notts have against the other teams in the top five but the manager is determined to maintain the mantra of taking it one game at a time.

"We have got to play all the teams around us in the coming weeks and it's going to be great," he said.

"It gives it that little bit of extra spice. We're going enjoy it and go at it 110%.

"Mansfield is the next game and the most important thing is we prepare properly and make sure we're ready.

"They pose a massive threat to us on Saturday and we're well aware of that.

"But we have to concentrate on ourselves, exploit their weaknesses and thwart their strengths - as long as we do that, we'll be OK."

Notts have lost just twice at home in the league so far this season and Nolan is eager to see his side continue their fine form on their own turf, with the help of the supporters to make it a daunting occasion for the visitors.

"We have made Meadow Lane a fortress and we want to keep it that way," he said.

"We want opposition players to feel intimidated when they come here. I had it during my career at Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham.

"This is our home and we don't want anyone to come here and enjoy playing.

"That's what we try and do here to make sure that, if anyone does come away with points, they earn every bit of it."

With large queues expected on matchday, the club are strongly encouraging supporters to buy tickets online in advance.

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