Notts County will be looking to extend their current run of good form into the FA Cup as they host Bristol Rovers in the first round of the competition tonight (November 3) at Meadow Lane.
The Magpies moved to the top of Sky Bet League Two following a 3-0 victory over Newport County but will relish the opportunity to test themselves against a side from a higher division.
With only one defeat in their last five games, County and manager Kevin Nolan will fancy their chances against an inconsistent Rovers side.
“Bristol Rovers will give us an indicator of how far we have come in such a short space of time,” said Nolan.
“When we went to Scunthorpe in the Carabao Cup, we applied ourselves really well and there were a lot of positives to take. That’s what I’m expecting tomorrow.
“The pressure’s off. The lads are really looking forward to it and so am I. I hope we can produce another good performance to give ourselves a fantastic chance of making it through to the next round.
“I’ve never been in the competition this early before so this is something new for me.”
The Pirates currently sit 13th in Sky Bet League One but have been in mixed form of late picking up two wins in their last five outings, including a 6-0 demolition of Northampton, and are yet to draw a game this season.
However, a run of three straight defeats was halted by a 2-0 victory over MK Dons in their last league meeting meaning The Magpies can’t afford to underestimate their opponents.
“We can’t look any further than Bristol Rovers,” he said. “We have to take it one round at a time.
“They have had a decent season so far and will cause us problems if we don’t respect them.
“They will come here to play open, expansive football and will want to excite the crowd, so it should be a really good cup tie.
“We’re at home, we won our last game here and we want to start building momentum because we have big games coming up.
“It’s a big start to a big eight days for us.”