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Notts Too Close For Comfort

21 January 2014

Notts County may have climbed out of the danger zone but they remain too close for comfort, says manager Shaun Derry.

The Magpies' third consecutive victory - a 1-0 triumph over Stevenage - lifted the team to 16th in the Sky Bet League 1 table, following three months in the bottom four. 

The threat of the drop remains, as just two points separates Notts from the relegation places ahead of Tuesday night’s proposed fixture with Peterborough United. 

Derry explained that the players' confidence has been raised by their highest league position so far this term but he will not allow them to lose focus as the games get bigger and bigger. 

He told the press: “Psychologically it’s massive for us to be out of the bottom four, everyone reads the papers and watches Sky Sports and everything else that’s flying around.

“When you are in that bottom four it’s demoralising and there’s nothing worse than picking up the paper and seeing yourselves at the bottom.

“Psychologically it’s a fantastic achievement but we are in it and all it takes is one night of results and you’re back in the bottom four.

“We need to make sure that Tuesday night is as important - if not more important - than the previous games. 

“We have to turn up to London Road and make sure that, once again, the performance is right but the attitude has to be there as well - just like it was on Saturday.” 

He added: “I want us to put the last game behind us and look forward because we’ve got a massive challenge ahead at Peterborough.

“We’re making strides along the way and let’s hope we can make even more between now and the end of the season, because I don’t want to just settle for this.”

For full pre-match build-up, sign in to Magpie Player. 

Further coverage is available in the Nottingham Post and as part of BBC Radio Nottingham’s pre-match show. 

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