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Jones hoping to make Nottingham proud

Full back looks ahead to tonight's game

18 May 2018

Notts County full-back Dan Jones hopes the Magpies can put in a performance to ‘make Nottingham proud’ this evening.

Kevin Nolan’s side take on Coventry City in the second leg of their play-off semi-final, which is delicately poised following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at the Ricoh Arena.

And Jones says it’s impossible for him to accurately convey his feelings towards the prospect of making the final.

“Playing at Wembley would be a dream for me personally,” he said. “It’s an incentive you can’t even put into words.

“You’ve got to enjoy these games - everything that surrounds them and what’s at stake.

“It’s about rising to it, doing as well as you can and making Nottingham proud.”

Jones played a hero’s role at the Ricoh, sliding along the sodden turf to win an emphatic 50/50 before crossing for Jonathan Forte to score the opening goal of the tie.

But the modest 31-year-old, who accepted Sky Sports’ Man of the Match award on the pitch at full-time, says there were plenty of other stand-out performers in the black and white that night.

“Lots of things from many individuals were brilliant,” he said. “Forte’s flick for the goal was amazing – it was a good bit of instinctive play.

“Bris and Duffs won a lot of great headers, both wingers and the centre mids put in a lot of work and the work-rate of Steady helped us deliver what we were working on throughout the week.

“We go into the game with a lot of confidence from the other night – especially considering the conditions we had to deal with.

“They threw a lot at us – they’re very direct – and I felt we defended brilliantly.”

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