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Kevin Nolan: 'Swansea City FA Cup elimination will make Notts County players stronger'

Joe Jones

Kevin Nolan has stressed that Notts County's players will become stronger following the FA Cup elimination at the hands of Swansea City in midweek.

The Magpies did superbly to earn a fourth-round replay against the Swans after holding them to a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane in the first game.

However, Carlos Carvalhal is working miracles with his new side, who have beaten both Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League prior to meeting Notts at the Liberty Stadium.

As it turned out, the Welsh side was in rampant form which, combined with a County off day, culminated in a 8-1 hammering.

Nolan has suggested that, in hindsight, the prospect of beating a side experiencing such an upturn in form was perhaps a bit "crazy" but the gaffer is eager to now kick on in League Two, beginning with Barnet away.

“The last two results Swansea had at home before playing us was beating Arsenal and Liverpool,” he told the Nottingham Post.

“But people thought we could go there and get a result. When you look at it like that it’s crazy.

“That’s what football does and that was because of what we produced in the first game against them.

“That was down to the players, not me. They made people believe they could cause an upset.

“That’s why the BBC chose to screen the game live. We maybe froze a bit, and got taken in by the whole glamour of it and we were punished. But this will make them stronger.”

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