Winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce believes that the squad’s experienced players have a big part to play in Notts County’s pursuit of safety.
Campbell-Ryce has returned to the side under boss Shaun Derry and has been a consistent performer on the right wing - highlighted by a good reception from the Port Vale fans when he was withdrawn from the action on Boxing Day.
The 30-year-old feels that players like himself and the other older heads in the dressing room have to lead by example, particularly when things are not going the Magpies’ way, and inspire the younger players to work their magic on the field.
He said: “The lads look to the likes of myself, Dean Leacock, Alan Sheehan and Andre Boucaud – the ones that have played a few games.
“You’ll hear us on the pitch and training pitch and it’s important because our squad is quite young.
“It’s important that the older ones and even Nochy – Enoch Showunmi – he’s not playing much but he’s a good voice in the changing room.
“It’s a squad game and we need everyone on board.”
He continued: “Everybody knows that you’re going to win and lose games and it’s about how you react to them.
“We’re both desperate for points but we’ve tightened up at the back and improved massively going forward recently.”
Notts are looking to bounce back from a defeat to Vale on Sunday afternoon at Crawley Town.
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