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Targeting the top seven

13 October 2016

Notts County manager John Sheridan is targeting re-entry into the play-off positions with a win against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Notts are likely to find themselves back in the top seven with a victory, which would also see them leapfrog the eighth-placed Railwaymen.

And, while he is disappointed that his side don't go into the match better placed, Sheridan isn't getting carried away with his side's recent blip in form.

The manager said: "I'm still frustrated because going into the Crewe game I would have liked to have been four points better off.

"I'm going to try and keep a level head. I've been in this league before - I know what's happened and what's required. I've got to be patient and believe in my players, which I do - 100%.

"We are one win away from being in the play-off positions so we've just got to keep that focus.

"I think with the way we've played we're probably in the right position to be honest, but it's a long, long season.

"We're not Barcelona and we never will be - I've got to try and get the consistency I've been craving. We've shown it in patches over the season but we're very up and down. It's not what I want as a manager - you're on a high one minute, then you're on a low.

"We want to be in and around the play-offs and make sure we stay there to give ourselves the best chance of being in that group."

Sheridan, who says Michael O'Connor will 'probably be fit for next week', admits a win this weekend is crucial in his side's search for improved home fortunes.

But he is also wary of Crewe and the experience they have in attack.

He said: "The home form has been the biggest problem - we're not daft. It's something we need to sort out. If we had four or five more points from home games we'd be in a great position.

"Everyone knows what Crewe are like - they play good football. The two lads up front, Ryan Lowe and Chris Dagnall, know the game well.

"They had a good result against Luton last week - they were unfortunate not to win."

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