No stone unturned for Notts County boss Kevin Nolan as he plots FA Cup success against Oxford City


There’s a reason television cameras have been descending on Meadow Lane throughout the week, and Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has a plan to avoid the ignominy of defeat to a non-league side on home turf in front of the nation.

Vanarama South outfit Oxford City will arrive in Nottingham hoping to prevent the Magpies from progressing to round three of the FA Cup for the first time since the 2011/12 season.

Boss Nolan defiantly says that his players and staff will be treating their non-league opponents with the same care, attention and respect that they’ll be affording League Two table-toppers Luton Town on Saturday week.

Matt Paterson scored the winner for Oxford at Colchester

Put simply, that if they don’t, an embarrassing home exit is a very realistic possibility – something the 35-year-old is acutely aware of.

“It puts that extra pressure on you and intensifies the game a bit more” said the Notts boss about the impact of a potential third round tie, though he refuses to look beyond Saturday’s occasion.

“Oxford have got nothing to lose and they’ll be coming here to enjoy the experience; they’re staying over on Friday night, so they’re preparing and doing everything right.

They’ll be on top of their game on Saturday, they’ll be ready and raring to go,” conceded Nolan, who accepts there’s a need for a hugely professional job from his players in front of their home supporters.

“They’ve had a bit of a turnaround in the league since beating Colchester (in the previous round), and where they were when they beat Colchester probably doesn’t match where they were as a team in their division.

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan

“We’ll be working hard in the next 48 hours to learn as much as we can to feed back to the players and we’ll be approaching it like we have every game this season – I feel that if we don’t, we could be the ones everyone is talking about for the wrong reasons.”

Their opponents might be 64 places below them in the pyramid, but Nolan has left nothing to chance in his preparation to avoid defeat.

“Don’t worry, we’ve got DVDs, we’ve had them watched three or four times,” he revealed. “We leave no stone unturned.

“We have people watched, we’ve got DVDs of previous games which we’ll put together to give the lads an insight into all the players individually, collectively, their strengths and weaknesses.

“If we don’t do that, then it seems like we’re taking this for granted, and we’re not, we’re certainly not.”



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