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Shaun Derry Tells Notts County Players: “Let’s Finish The Job”

27 April 2014

Notts County will not take their foot off the gas in the final game of the season, after a 2-0 win over Swindon Town put them within touching distance of safety.

Due to the Magpies’ goal difference, it seems that a point against Oldham Athletic on Saturday will be enough to keep the club in Sky Bet League 1. 

Manager Shaun Derry has already been drilling into his players that there is still work to be done - one more big 90 minutes ahead of the summer break. 

Derry said: “It’s strange because it’s not over yet - far from over - and I’ve been around the game as a player for too long to realise that strange things do happen on the final day.

“I want us to go there and I want us to perform and end the season in the right way.

“The lap when we went around the pitch was an appreciation lap - nothing else - for the tremendous support that we’ve had.

“I’ve said to the guys ‘let’s finish the job’ - let’s finish it right because only them have put themselves in that position to be in and around it on the final day of the season and I’m unbelievably proud of them.”

He continued: “Gradually, as the squad’s tidied up with certain people leaving and certain people jumping on board with what we’re trying to do, that workmanlike and committed performances seem to be labelled with us.

“Especially in this last seven or eight games, it’s been a remarkable turnaround.

“Like I’ve said earlier, I’m not taking anything for granted because I don’t want to be that team that falls by on the final day of the season.

“Everyone lives with regret over the summer and for years gone by, because you don’t want a CV with a relegation on it - you don’t.

“I’ve said to the lads that you don’t want to be labelled a relegation team because it’s horrible and you can never shift it.”

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