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Michael O'Connor taking captaincy advice from Kevin Nolan

Joe Jones

Michael O'Connor has praised Notts County boss Kevin Nolan for having faith in the Northern Irishman's leadership qualities.

The midfielder was made captain this season under former boss John Sheridan and has continued in that role under Nolan.

O'Connor is also delighted to be able to take advice from a man who has captained each of his former clubs, wearing the armband at Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United.

The 29-year-old told the official club site: "On his first day he spoke to me and said 'I want you to be my captain'. It was a big help for him to have that belief in me and since then I have kicked on.

"I'm probably on my best run of form since I signed. I know what the manager wants from me. I'm feeling good, I'm feeling fit and hopefully it can continue.

"Obviously the gaffer was captain wherever he went in his career - Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham - and it is my first season as a captain so he has spoken to be about what he wants from me and I think I'm taking it on board.

"You have teammates looking at you to lead and I try to do that in every game I play."

Up next for Notts, who are battling to survive in League Two, is Saturday's game with Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane.

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