Improved Magpies look to make home advantage count this weekend against Peterborough
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That is according to boss Andy Preece who felt his men were much improved from previous recent displays.
The Magpies took the lead courtesy of Carlton Ubaezuonu in the first half, but were pegged back after the break by the hosts.
Both teams could have gone on to win it, but Preece in the end was satisfied with a point which keeps his men firmly in the National League North play-off picture.
"I thought it was a really good game. Both teams wanted to win it and were really positive, “ said Preece.
"I thought we were the better team in the first half and deserved to take the lead.
"They started the second half well and got the goal. All of a sudden the fans woke up, but we showed resilience to get back in the game.
"I was proud of the lads, proud of the performance. They stepped up from the past two or three performances, showed good character and pushed a good team all the way.”
The Magpies find themselves in ninth position in the table, just gaol difference keeping them out of the play-off places, with two home games to come.
Ironically, Peterborough defeated Darlington 2-0 at the weekend – a result which made Preece sit up and take notice.
"They will be full of confidence,” he said. “They are always a tough side to play against.
"We are bang in there aren’t we? Only goal difference keeps us out of the play-offs so we need the fans to come out and support us this weekend.
"If we can get three points then that put us right bang in it. There’s not that much in it from top to bottom so if we can find those wins from home, you never know what might happen.”