Notts County will not be there make up the numbers when they face Sky Bet League 1 title contenders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
After an impressive performance and result against Coventry City last weekend, Derry has challenged his side to overcome a top-six team for the first time this season.
On many occasions this term, Notts have received messages of praise from bosses of the division’s pace setters after putting up strong fights only to miss out on claiming points by the narrowest of margins.
Derry is determined not to let that happen again in the final 15 games, including against Wolves, having been narrowly defeated by Kenny Jackett's men earlier this term.
“You look at the amount of managers that have made that comment and I don’t like it - I don’t like it all,” Derry told the press.
“We’re not there to turn up and make people smile and go away losing games, it has to be that we turn up and make life difficult for the opposition to start with.
“If we can produce some moments of magic along the way then fantastic, but I always say to the guys ‘be in the game’ - you can’t ever be out of the game.
“Against Walsall a couple of weeks ago we were out of the game too early and it was game over and that can’t happen.
“We’re not here to make friends - I don’t want to make friends with anybody - I just want us to have an understanding of how I feel we’re going to get results.
“As it happens, I’m enjoying watching us and I enjoyed watching on from the sidelines on Saturday [against Coventry].
“It was an accumulation of all the basics that you need to be a football team.”
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