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Twists and turns

Ardley expects drama in final weeks

28 March 2019

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Neal Ardley feels there will be plenty of twists to come in the Sky Bet League Two relegation battle.

His Notts County side are currently three points from safety following a stoppage-time defeat to Exeter last weekend and travel to play-off chasing Stevenage on Saturday.

And Ardley expects more drama between now and the end of the season and has called on his side to be on the right side of it.

“I believe there will be twists in this relegation fight and they could come every week,” said the boss.

“You have to make your own luck, though, and we need to ensure that they work in our favour.

“By 4 May, we need to try and put smiles on the faces of the supporters who have been turning up in their numbers and make them want to forget this season while also giving them something to celebrate.”

Despite defeat to Exeter last week, Ardley has been happy with the recent level of performances and the desire shown by his players.

“This group of boys are up for everything and they’re giving their all,” he said.

“They are all up for the fight and the physical statistics show how hard they are working.

“In the last three games we were much better than Carlisle, which was a great response from Cheltenham, we were better than Morecambe but unable to get the result over the line and better than Exeter with and without the extra man but we ended up with a body blow.

“We should have had three clean sheets from those matches, where we’ve had excellent energy, effort, defending and work against set pieces.

“We should have been unbeaten in three and we have to keep that going.”

The gaffer says his side need to show all the qualities that are synonymous with League Two when they travel to the Lamex Stadium on Saturday.

"We've got to match Stevenage's physicality otherwise it will be a tough afternoon for us," said Ardley. “That’s where we have to start.

"We’re not worried about looking pretty, it’s about doing the basic things that this division demands of you and then hopefully we find the spark to win a game of football.

"We know we need play-off form to get us to where we want."

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