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John Sheridan aims to bring continuity to Notts County defence

Joe Jones

Notts County manager John Sheridan has pledged to bring continuity to the team's defence next season, calling on the players to learn and understand "each other's strengths and weaknesses".

The Magpies struggled for consistency at the back last season as more than 25 different defensive line-ups took to the field.

Sheridan, however, said the same wouldn't be happening this season, telling the Nottingham Post: "When I was looking at Notts County last season when I was managing at Newport, attacking wise they were one of the best teams we played.

"But they conceded goals too easily. The team was very unbalanced and it's important that your back four or back five are settled. The players have to know each other's strengths and weaknesses and if you are chopping and changing every week it's very difficult to get that."

Goalkeeper Adam Collin, Carl Dickinson, Richard Duffy and Matt Tootle have all arrived in recent weeks and they will reportedly be joined by a new left-sided centre-back in the coming weeks.

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Think continuity is something we will need to establish asap , looking at the players available for next season and hopefully another CB I feel the experience and quality needed to do that may well be in place , so many last season either not up to the job or inexperienced or out of position or out of form , so yes a must .

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