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Excellent debuts

Ardely pleased with new boys

2 February 2019

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Neal Ardley was impressed with the performance of his debutants during Notts County’s draw with Lincoln on Saturday.

Four new signings started the match and Virgil Gomis was introduced from the bench in the second half as the Magpies earned a point against the league leaders.

And Ardley was pleased with the immediate impact of the new arrivals.

“There were some excellent debuts out there today,” he said.

“We managed to bring in some pace with new lads and some coming back from injury and the experience of some of the other new boys has shown as well.

“Sam Stubbs was great alongside Ben Barclay at the back, Mitch Rose didn’t do a lot wrong at right back and the old warriors Michael Doyle and Jim O’Brien dictated in the middle of the park.

“The aim in January was to give the whole place a lift and now we’ve got options for the remaining 16 games.”

Now the transfer window is out of the way, Ardley has given the squad a clear aim as they look to earn survival.

“I’ve set the boys a target from today until the end of the season and if we meet that we give ourselves a great chance,” he explained.

“We’re not going to go unbeaten through 16 games but we need to create a spirit of no fear to help us win games of football.

“I’m not going to moan at them or have a go because we are looking to create something here and I will do my very best to free the place up.

"I believe we will be OK.”

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