Cox - We're Taking JPT Seriously
Manager Paul Cox has said he plans on fielding his strongest possible side when we face Notts County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tomorrow.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday at Meadow Lane and whilst many would see it as an opportunity to give a run out to players who haven't yet got many minutes on the pitch, the gaffer told the Official Site that he was taking the competition seriously and he wanted to ensure we progressed through to round two.
'We had 18 fit players on Saturday so there's not a lot of experimenting we can actually do. I want to put the strongest side out to try and win the game. The two games we've had, for different reasons, have resulting in us losing so we want to get 'back on the horse' as quick as possible and win our next game.'
It should prove to be a good reunion for our gaffer as he spent six years at Meadow Lane as a player, and he felt it was a very good place for him to grow up as a footballer coming through their youth ranks into the first team, so whilst it'll be a nice moment for him returning again, the bottom line is he's our gaffer now and he wants the victory so sentiment can't figure.
'It'll be a tough game, it'll be a competitive game and it's a local derby. Our fans will want to have the bragging rights, as will County's. Whether it's pre season, cup or league, and derby is going to be full of passion and commitment and I don't want anything less than that from my players.'
As for deadline day, the gaffer admits he doesn't actually expect their to be any news today, but you can never rule it out as it only takes a phone call that you can't say no to, whether that be a player in or a player out for something to happen.
More likely we'll be looking to the loan window.