If any member of the Notts County squad has the confidence to avoid relegation, look no further than Hayden Mullins, who overcame the odds seven years ago with West Ham United.
Back in 2006.07, Mullins was part of a Hammers squad that looked destined for the drop as they headed into the final nine games of the campaign 10 points adrift of safety.
United had been on a six-game losing streak but won seven of their last nine fixtures, including a dramatic final day victory over champions Manchester United, to preserve their Premier League status.
Notts have 12 matches left to stay in Sky Bet League 1 but have a five-point gap to close on 20th place.
Having experienced a big turnaround in the past, Mullins has seen enough to know that the Magpies can bounce back from a disappointing run and climb out of the relegation zone before the end of the season.
“We knew as a team that we didn’t want to go down and that we had to pull together and dig in," he told #themag, reflecting on the West Ham revival.
"It ended up that we had to go to Manchester United on the final day of the season but it ended up being a fantastic season after something that could have been a disaster.”
He continues: “In times like this it’s when the team does pull together.
“We’re in a bit of a scrap here and it’s up to us to get ourselves out of it and know that we do on the pitch can drive us up the league.
“There’s no games that you can’t win.
“We went to Old Trafford and managed to nick a one-goal win, so as long as we stay together as a unit, believe and pull in the same direction, which is the main thing, you can get out of it.
“We have to take our disappointments, channel it in the right way and win some games.
"It’ll be up and down, there’ll be disappointments, there’ll be Saturday’s when the fans are over the moon with the team and Saturdays when they want to have a go at the team.
"Until it’s all said and done, we need them as much as they need to see us winning.”
Mullins speaks at length about how West Ham overcame the odds to end the season on a high note that campaign.
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