Saturday’s East Midlands derby at Sincil Bank, between the Magpies and Lincoln City could include County’s new signing Matty Virtue, said manager Kevin Nolan.
The 20-year-old Liverpool loanee hit the ground running at Meadow Lane and trained with the team this morning, the day that he signed for the club.
Nolan said: “I would have no issue with putting Matty on the team sheet for Saturday.
“Matty has got through the door quickly and Saturday would be a good opportunity for him to make his debut.
“But I’ve got a fantastic squad so I’ve got a dilemma on my hands with picking the 18 needed for Saturday,” Nolan added.
Nolan insisted that Matty was not a replacement for Ryan Yates, who was recalled by Nottingham Forest and sent out on loan to League One, Scunthorpe.
“We do not do like-for-likes and Matty brings his own great attributes, for example he’s a great passer of the ball.
“I’ve spoken to Ryan and wished him all the best, he thought it was the best move for his development and I completely respect that,” Nolan added.
On the back of a great FA Cup result and sitting second in League Two, County’s manager looked relaxed and content during his press conference, where he emphasised how imperative it was for his team to stay focused on the league campaign.
Saturday’s hosts, Lincoln, are in good form being only six points behind the Magpies.
With the added hype of an away day Derby, Nolan said: “We have got to keep calm and not get carried away with the atmosphere.
“There are no easy games from here to the end of the season and we have to approach the game with a professional attitude.”
County defender Dan Jones spoke about how the Magpies have been preparing for the derby match during the press conference.
“Lincoln are on a high so we’ve been working really hard and focussing on a lot of possession based skills,” said Jones.
A win away at Lincoln who are also in a play-off position could really help County’s push for promotion after a very successful first half of the season.
Nolan said: “I hadn’t really spoken about promotion before, but we’ve got 50 points and we’re in a great position.
“Let’s have a go at promotion.”
League Two leaders, Luton Town, are four points ahead of the Magpies.
“The aim has always got to be to catch Luton but it is no surprise that they are where they are because of Nathan Jones and his fantastic set of players,” Nolan said.
Considering a year ago Nolan saved the Magpies from being relegated out of the football league, second place and promotion would be an incredible achievement, which three points at Lincoln on Saturday would help towards.