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The Kiwomya kids are alright

20 April 2013

By Tony Leighton

Notts County's young starlets will be aiming to outshine Doncaster Rovers and spoil a Saturday promotion party for the npower League 1 leaders.

Victory for Rovers would see their promotion confirmed if either second in the table Bournemouth or third-placed Brentford fail to win their matches.

So a packed Keepmoat Stadium will provide an intimidating atmosphere for Chris Kiwomya's Magpies, particularly the youngsters in his squad.

Three teenagers - Curtis Thompson, Tyrell Waite and Romello Nangle - played a part in last week's 3-1 win against Colchester United and will again be in the squad that tackles the task of taking points off the table toppers.

Throwing youngsters in at the deep end can be a gamble, admits Kiwomya, but perhaps not in this case as the managers knows them all well.

Having been promoted from managing the club's development squad to running the senior team only a couple of months ago, Kiwomya is totally aware of the young talent coming through the ranks at Meadow Lane.

"I've worked with them and I know what they're about," said Kiwomya as he talked about his young players ahead of the trip to Doncaster.

"I've always said to them, 'you've got to keep yourselves ready,' and that means working hard in training, impressing myself and the other players.

"You have to make sure you're bedding them in at the right time and one or two are beginning to feel part of the squad now, which is very important.

"The young lads did will against Colchester and it gave them confidence. You can see that sparkle in their eyes this week, they've been very positive.

"It was only one game though, and you can't retire on one game. It's consistency I'm after now, but I asked questions of them last week and they answered them."

The questions will doubtless be harder this week. After beating a Colchester team that are lying just above the relegation places, 12th in the table County will almost certainly have to raise their game to get a result at Doncaster.

Kiwomya said: "Look at the table and they're a better team than us. There's more at stake for them and they'll be hugely motivated, but we can be motivated too and we'll be going out to compete and win the game.

"I'll be saying to my players, 'look, this is what we want,' and hopefully in 12 months time it can be us up there. Meanwhile, we've not got back-to-back wins since I took over - and that's what I want from this match."

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