Wednesday night’s clash with Leyton Orient is the biggest game of the season so far and the Magpies are desperate to close the gap on the Play-Off places.
Both Notts and the O’s are vying for a spot in the top six and have a fine opportunity to make up some ground with the game in hand at Meadow Lane.
County are currently one place and two points better off than Russell Slade’s side and can move within five points of sixth-placed Tranmere Rovers ahead of the weekend’s trip to Crawley Town.
Defender Dean Leacock, who spent the second half of last season with the Matchroom Stadium outfit, says that Notts are ready for the big match, which can ultimately make or break their Play-Off hopes.
He told Magpie Player: “We’re not getting carried away because it’s eight points and there’s only 11 matches left.
“It’s towards the end of the season now and we can’t afford too many more slip ups.
“Realistically, we need about seven wins if we’re going to do anything but we’ve got lads in there that are fighting for it – and hopefully we can do it.
“It’s a big game for both of us and I think whoever loses will struggle to get into the Play-Offs.”
He continued: “They’re all big games now but this has just come at a crucial time.
“If we can win this one, it cuts it down to five points, so there’s a big incentive to win this one.
“Hopefully we can take our last five games into this one and get a positive result.”
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