Neal Ardley is proud of his high-flying Notts County squad and says their attitude could not be more different to the team which was relegated from the Football League.

The Magpies can move up to third in the National League tomorrow night when they face Aldershot at Meadow Lane on the back of a stunning 2-0 win at leaders Barrow at the weekend.

Notts have also booked their place in the semi-final of the FA Trophy and there is potential for Ardley’s side to book two dates at Wembley.

It is a huge turnaround from this time last year when Notts were fighting to remain in the Football League, a battle they ended up losing on the final day at Swindon.

But having put together his own squad in the summer, after the takeover from the Reedtz brothers at the end of July, the former AFC Wimbledon boss says there is a huge diffrence in character.

“Last year when we were facing adversity, people were hiding,” he said.

“There were a lot of people that, if there was a sniff of them getting called into the squad, somehow they would pick up a niggle.”

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