This is what Notts County boss Kevin Nolan said to Jorge Grant to help him get back to form


Notts County boss Kevin Nolan was thrilled to see top scorer Jorge Grant return to his devastating best after admitting the midfielder “beats himself up too easily”.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season at the weekend as the Magpies coasted back to the top of League Two with a 3-0 win over Newport.

Grant’s goals ended a six-game run without a goal, but even despite that he is the second top scorer in the division.

And Nolan was delighted to see the 22-year-old back among the goals again after admitting he was trying too hard to force his way back to form.

“I told him not to try to eat himself up,” said Nolan, whose side face Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup first round at Meadow Lane on Friday night.

“Sometimes he was trying a bit too hard to impress people instead of being normal Jorge and building himself into the game.

Notts County’s Jorge Grant has been among the goals this season.

“He was trying to force things and I just said ‘go back to your one and two touch’ because if there is one person in the squad who can do it more than others then it’s him.

“You saw that against Newport. He had a few indifferent touches but I had a chat with him and just said to calm himself down.

“He beats himself up too easily and he shouldn’t do that because he’s an outstanding talent.

“We have to help him with that. But I thought he grew into the game on Saturday and showed some real touches of class.”

While Nolan was thrilled to see Grant produce one of his best performances of the season, he says although teams try to stop him, they have plenty of other threats elsewhere.

“What Jorge has scored is already a great return from a midfield player,” he said.

“I think people try to stop him but then you’ve got (Jon) Stead, (Shola) Ameobi, (Terry) Hawkridge and (Lewis) Alessandra.

“We’ve got goals from all over the pitch this season which is what we spoke about at the start of the season.

“Listen, I would take a 20-goal striker, but if you can share the goals around then it makes it so much harder for the opposition to try to shut you out.”



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