Players just needed an arm around the shoulder says new manager Kevin Nolan

Last updated : 15 January 2017 By Magpie Mick

"The save Adam made was great because he had to push it away as they had players coming in," he said.

"Adam was fantastic from start to finish. There were a few moments between him and the defence, but that's only because of the confidence.

"When we start instilling that confidence and getting these clean sheets, you will see these lads start to grow.

"Performances will get better, but they rolled their sleeves up. They matched the physicality and they made sure their main men didn't affect us at all.

"Hats off to them. I am chuffed to bits. But it's only a point and we have to build on it.

"I told Adam what I wanted and what I expect and I think a lot of these lads just need an arm around the shoulder and a pat on the back,

"They need a bit of loving. They had lost 10 games on the spin and I know what that's like.

"It's like Michael O'Connor, the skipper. I've been in his situation when the team is getting beat because you're the one who always gets hammered from every angle.

"I thought he was fantastic. I also managed to get hold of Richard (Duffy) and have a good chat with him.

"I know his quality. That lad is a fantastic footballer and he reads the game so well. I think he's brilliant having Thierry next to him.

"I want to make that a solid centre-half partnership.

"I said to the players after the game that they had shown me the standard and that's the minimum required from now until the end of the season.

"We will be working our socks off week in, week out, to get better."