“It puts that extra pressure on you and intensifies the game a bit more” said the Magpies boss
“Oxford have got nothing to lose and they’ll be coming here to enjoy the experience; they’re staying over on Friday night, so they’re preparing and doing everything right.
“They’ll be on top of their game on Saturday, they’ll be ready and raring to go,” conceded Nolan, who accepts there’s a need for a hugely professional job from his players in front of their home supporters.
“They’ve had a bit of a turnaround in the league since beating Colchester (in the previous round), and where they were when they beat Colchester probably doesn’t match where they were as a team in their division.
“We’ll be working hard in the next 48 hours to learn as much as we can to feed back to the players and we'll be approaching it like we have every game this season – I feel that if we don’t, we could be the ones everyone is talking about for the wrong reasons.”
“Don’t worry, we’ve got DVDs, we’ve had them watched three or four times,” he revealed. “We leave no stone unturned.
"We have people watched, we’ve got DVDs of previous games which we’ll put together to give the lads an insight into all the players individually, collectively, their strengths and weaknesses.
“If we don’t do that, then it seems like we’re taking this for granted, and we’re not, we’re certainly not.”