Hughes talks about the rivalry with Tuesday night’s opponents in the official club matchbook…
Notts County have to take maximum points from the teams around them if they are serious about promotion, says Jeff Hughes.
Notts are currently second in npower League 1 and face two big home clashes inside a matter of days against fifth-placed Stevenage and then division leaders Tranmere Rovers.
Stevenage, who beat the Magpies to the sixth Play-Off spot last season, are once again looking strong and are yet to be defeated this term.
Hughes knows that Boro will present a strong challenge and is determined to send out a message of intent by taking three points from who he sees as a promotion rival.
“That was the bad point from last year, we didn’t pick up too many points against the better and higher teams in the league and I think we need to do that this season if we’re realistic," he told The Mag.
“Before we talk about running away with leagues and stuff, we’ve got to concentrate on the teams that we’re up against.
“You’ve got to keep on top of your game and, it’s an old cliché, but you’ve got to take it one game at a time and not try to think too far ahead.”
He added: “It’s good and to got to places like MK Dons and Sheffield United and take points.
“As long as we keep getting the goals and keep playing well, the crowd will enjoy it.
“The players are enjoying it and it brings with it a bit of a feel good factor at the club.
“You’ve got to have ambition but at the same time you’ve got to keep working hard.
“This is a very big week for us and if we can continue picking up some good points, it’ll keep us up and around the top spots.
“It lets the teams around you know that you mean business.”
To read the full interview with Hughes, which covers his future, the rivalry with Stevenage and his future at Meadow Lane, pick up The Mag for just £3.