Watch: Notts manager Kevin Nolan on what will be a good result at Coventry in play-off semi-final first leg

Watch: Kevin Nolan on what will be a good result at Coventry City on Saturday May 12

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan thinks as long as the Magpies ‘are still in’ the second leg, ‘anything can happen’.

Notts travel to the Ricoh Arena to play Coventry City on Saturday (May 12) for the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final.

The Magpies finished fifth in the league with Coventry sixth – the sides were separated by two points in the finished table.

Coventry beat Notts 3-0 on the opening day of the season with the Magpies getting their revenge with a 2-1 win against the Sky Blues last month.

And manager Kevin Nolan wants Notts to take the tie back to Meadow Lane in their hands.

He said: “As long as you’re still in it in the second leg, it doesn’t make a difference whether you’re at home or away because anything can happen.

“Even if we go away and win 3-0, you won’t see me thinking we’re in the final because Coventry could come here and win 3-0 because of the players and quality they have.

“It’s going to be who’s better over the 180 minutes and it’s only going to be half-time come Saturday night so for me we’ve just got to make sure we’re ready.”

Watch: Striker Jon Stead on what prompted him to extend his contract

Notts striker Jon Stead will be playing in his first play-offs at the age of 35.

He recently opted to trigger a performance clause in his contract which will see him play at Meadow Lane next season regardless of if the Magpies get promoted.

Stead said: “I wanted to sign a two-year deal at the start of this season but they were worried about how many games I would play at my age!

“We had that clause in where if I played so many games, I could trigger another year so I hope the club are happy with that and look forward to next season hopefully in League One.

“As it stands now, there’s not going to be a lot of off-season anyway because we’ll be straight back at it at the end of June.

“It will only be a small break before we’re then preparing for next season.”

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