Kevin Nolan delighted with Notts County prospects Elliot Hodge and Callum Saunders


Kevin Nolan is excited by the potential of Notts County duo Elliot Hodge and Callum Saunders, and says the pair have the “pace and hunger” to excite crowds.

Both Saunders and Hodge impressed in Tuesday night’s 2-1 Checkatrade Northern Group G defeat to Mansfield Town in what was a rare start for both players.

Saunders played up front alongside veteran Alan Smith at Meadow Lane where he caught the eye with his movement and was perhaps unlucky not to score with a chance in the first half.

Hodge’s strong running caused Mansfield problems as the Stags secured victory thanks to goals from Lee Angol and CJ Hamilton which came either side of Smith’s first goal for the club.

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Callum Saunders (right) congratulates Alan Smith on his goal

Hodge, 21, and Saunders, 22, both arrived in the summer with the club keen to develop their talent over the season, and boss Nolan said the pair could be happy with their performances.

“I thought they did really well and I was really pleased with both of them,” he said.

“Callum led the line well and ran the channels which is what he is all about.

“He was probably a little bit unlucky not to get a few more chances but he will get better the more and more he does it.

“Elliot did really well especially in the first half. He did lots of good things and when you’ve got two lads who are hungry, decent, and they’ve got pace, it excites the crowds.

“I was delighted with them and they should be pleased with how they performed.”



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