Living in a post-Turin world, the most important thing right now is avoiding the complacency often seen in so many football teams on a high.
Not to lose sight that last week was one of the most monumental in the club’s history, but now it’s about consolidating a top half place in table.
Whilst Walsall was the immediate concern getting off the plane from Turin, the game that concerned many was tonight’s away at Exeter City. Saturday’s home game was far from a guaranteed victory, but the lengthy road trip that followed to the south coast was enough to concern most people.
It’s the third game in six days for The Dog’s men and a win surely justifies (as if it hasn’t already) the club for accepting that Juventus invitation. Lose however, and it’s back to earth with an almighty thud!
Exeter are a team in disarray, tagged with “it’s a great time to play them” line. Their main recognised goal threat Daniel Nardiello sits the fixture out through suspension, and they’ve only picked up one win all season in their seven League One ties. Injuries aren’t on their side either apparently.
That said – maybe there’s never been a better time to play County either? The team will be feeling rather untouchable right now after the week they’ve had – and who can blame them? It’s not that inconceivable that maybe they could let their guards down tonight and Exeter might pounce. Maybe the old tired legs might creep in too.
Allen needs to be working especially hard to keep the team motivated going forward but let’s be honest – we’ve come to see this as his specialty by now.
Notts hope to welcome back Ben Burgess (not a sentence many would’ve expected to hear prior to two weeks ago) who missed the weekend’s Meadow Lane win. After two goals in as many games though, it’s hard not to see Chritian Montano starting once more.
Which leaves one last question mark on the field – the goalkeeper. Another concerning display from Stuart Nelson on Saturday, hot on the heals of the penalty saving antics of Rob Burch in Turin and you wonder if Nelson is living on borrowed time?
A win could lift Notts into the playoff positions.
For some though, it’s still about living in this dreamworld for a few days longer.