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Whatever it takes

Ardley says Notts must find a way to win

15 March 2019

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Neal Ardley has called on his Notts County side to do whatever it takes to win when they host Morecambe on Saturday.

The Magpies are looking to back up an excellent victory at Carlisle in midweek with success against the Shrimps, who will feel they aren’t far away from confirming survival in Sky Bet League Two.

And, after grinding out a win in tough conditions on Tuesday, Ardley feels Notts have to show the right character in what he expects to be a very different game.

“Morecambe are in a very good place so we will have to find another way to win,” said the boss.

“We will go into the game feeling better about ourselves but it’s no good if we don’t back it up.

“We need to show character in a different type of match to Tuesday night and grind, compete and find a way to win – however we can.

“Playing in front of our own fans, Morecambe will come here and try to get the crowd to turn. It’s up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“We need to show the quality to be in the game, stay in it and, ultimately, win it.”

Notts moved to within four points of safety thanks to Tuesday’s result and the gaffer says they need to show consistency with just nine matches left this season.

“We don’t have enough games remaining to not be consistent,” said Ardley.

“We have climbed off the bottom of the table and have given ourselves the chance to chase teams down.

“We want to catch up as quickly as we possibly can. Everyone has ups and downs but we have to try and build momentum and need to go on a run.”

Ardley is well aware of the threats Morecambe pose with Saturday’s visitors earning wins against Forest Green and MK Dons over the last week.

“They have a mix of physicality and great athleticism in the team and they try to play good football as well,” he said.

“They have a lot of energy and they’re a side that give everything for their manager. They carry threats from every angle and have always been able to counter-attack well under Jim Bentley.

“They are also very good at set pieces and that gives us lots of things to overcome, so the players have to stand up for us again.”

Ardley confirmed that Jim O’Brien will be absent after requiring stitches in his leg after a late challenge on Tuesday, however Jon Stead and Craig Mackail-Smith are in contention after missing out in midweek.

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