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Embrace the situation

Ardley wants positivity on Saturday

25 April 2019

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Neal Ardley says Notts County must be positive in their high-stakes clash with Grimsby Town on Saturday.

The Magpies could need a win in their last home game of the season in order to take their battle for survival down to the final day.

And Ardley wants his side to head on to the Meadow Lane pitch fully focused on the positive outcomes they can achieve at the weekend.

“I want the boys looking forward to the challenge and excited by the fact we can take it to the last game of the season – not fearing the reaction or response if that doesn’t happen,” explained the boss.

“We have to be positive both in defence and attack and having a go, but we have to do that the right way.

“It will take all sorts of qualities but we have to go out there and embrace the situation.

“We have to see it as a chance to get ourselves out of the bottom two rather than looking at it negatively and worrying what could happen.

“We try to win every week so nothing changes there – we just have to handle the pressure of having run out of games and it really coming down to it now.”

Ardley says he has discussed with his players the pressure that comes with their current position.

“We’ve had a chat and addressed the elephant in the room,” he revealed. “There’s no point ignoring the situation and the feeling.

“We’ve talked about how we’re going to face that pressure and deal with it together – people in football have to do that.

“The mentality and the feeling among the group is the most important thing now. This is the time we need to come together as a group more than ever.

“We’re the only ones that can save the situation and we’re going to try and do that.”

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