Video: Notts gaffer Kevin Nolan says the Magpies are ‘good at home, we’re comfortable’
Notts County gaffer Kevin Nolan has said the Magpies are ‘good at home’ and are ‘comfortable’ there ahead of the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final against Coventry City at Meadow Lane.
The game kicks off at 7.45pm tonight (Friday May 18) with both teams looking to book their place at Wembley in the play-off final against Exeter on Monday May 28.
The first leg finished 1-1 at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday (May 12).
Jonathan Forte put the Magpies ahead in the 49th minute of the game with a backheel flick into the net before Marc McNulty controversially equalised from the penalty spot in the 87th minute of the game to level the tie.
And now the game at Meadow Lane tonight is a one-off with a winner determined either in the course of the 90 minutes, extra-time or on penalties with no away goal rule in effect.
Nolan said: “Form goes out the window – it’s a one-off game against Coventry who are a good side with good players who are going to be looking to do what we’re trying to do.
“What we can take from it is that we’re very good at home and I know we feel comfortable here.
“It’s going to be a different atmosphere on Friday compared to when we’ve played in front of big crowds before.
“That was a different atmosphere because we were playing in a league game but this one is not.
“This is for everything – this is for Wembley.”
Video: Defender Dan Jones thinks it’s important to focus on the game and not the occasion
Defender Dan Jones thinks it will be important for the occasion not to get to the Magpies.
He said: “As a whole this year, we’ve done amazing as a group.
“A lot of players have played a lot of games and we’ve had some big games here, and the play-offs top it off.
“This will be different because it’s like a one-off game but you have to cast that to the back of your mind – you have to play the game and not the occasion.
“The atmosphere will add to it because it will give you that buzz as you’re walking out for kick-off.
“It would be the biggest game of my career if we get to Wembley.”