The mood in the Notts County camp has been significantly lifted following last weekend’s result but the squad has been told not to get carried away ahead of a difficult trip to Colchester United.
Notts closed the gap on the teams outside the bottom four to only three points thanks to a hard-fought 3-1 triumph over Gillingham and have a great opportunity to make up further ground against the U’s, who are currently ranked 16th – seven points clear of the Magpies.
First team manager Shaun Derry sees the fixture as another important game for his side and is eager for them to gather some momentum heading into the important Christmas schedule.
He told the press: “I’ve seen a difference in the mood over the last few games, the belief has carried over from the training pitch to the playing field.
“I think the belief comes when you get back-to-back victories or two or three in a month – that’s where the real belief comes into a group of players.
“I think we’re still in a position of edginess if I’m honest and it’d be unfair of me to say ‘there you go, we’ve completely changed and turned the corner’.
“Clearly we haven’t as we’ve won game in the six or seven that we’ve been here so as it stands at the minute we are still away from where I want us to be and they understand that.
“What I’ve said to them is to take heart and take great comfort from the fact that we got three points on Saturday.
“The key thing now is to carry that into the Colchester game and again against Bristol City.
“We can’t rest on our laurels because once you do that it comes back to bite you where it really hurts and we don’t want to happen on Saturday that’s for sure.”
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