Kevin Nolan looking forward to Marc Bola reunion – but hopes former Notts County loanee is on the losing side


Kevin Nolan is looking forward to seeing Marc Bola again – but hopes the Bristol Rovers defender has an unhappy return to Meadow Lane.

Bola is set to line-up against the Magpies next month in the FA Cup first round with the on-loan Arsenal left-back currently at the Memorial Ground.

The defender impressed during his short time at the club in which he played 13 games after Nolan swooped for the young Gunner in the January window.

Bola earned some fine reviews for his performances and while boss Nolan will be happy to see the 19-year-old, he hopes the Magpies seal a place in the next round at his loan club’s expense.

“I am really looking forward to the game and seeing Boles again,” he said.

“I was really pleased to get him on the last day of the January window last season and he came here and did well.

“I think he learned a lot given what he was doing playing academy football and being in those luscious surroundings that he would have at Arsenal.

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Notts County manager Kevin Nolan is hoping to make it through to the second round of the FA Cup.

“He came here and cracked on. He had a fantastic back end to the season and got a really good move to Bristol Rovers.

“I wish him well and I hope he is playing when he comes back here.

“It will be nice to see him and I hope that Jorge Grant, Terry Hawkridge, Liam Walker or Lewis Alessandra gets the better of him.”

Facing Rovers will be a stern test for Notts with Darrel Clarke’s team currently in mid-table.

But Nolan says he does not fear the challenge given the Magpies are at home where they have lost just once in the calendar year so far.

“We are Meadow Lane and we fear nobody here,” he said.

“We will have a game plan and if we stick to that it will give us a fantastic chance of getting through to the next round.”



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