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Have no regrets

Give it everything, says Ardley

2 May 2019

Neal Ardley has called on his Notts County side to play with freedom as they look to pull off ‘something remarkable’ at the weekend.

The Magpies head to Swindon with the chance to earn Sky Bet League Two survival despite being in the bottom two since mid-November.

And after pulling themselves back into contention and taking the battle to the final day, Ardley wants to see his side play without fear at the County Ground.

“We have to give it everything we’ve got and have no regrets,” said the boss.

“We’ve got to win a game of football and the best way to do that is by looking forward to it, playing with freedom and having a real go – that’s the mindset I’m trying to create.

“We can’t be nervous or fear the game – we have to play naturally. If we can do that we give ourselves a good chance.

“Rather than having a sense of failure, I’m trying to work on the fact that we’ve taken it to the last game and can achieve something incredible.”

Notts must beat Swindon to stand any chance of beating the drop and need Macclesfield to lose at home to Cambridge.

And, while Ardley admits the situation is not how he’d have liked, he believes there is still hope.

“There’s nothing pleasant about the pressure of this situation,” he said. “This has been a tough gig but we’re going into the last game with a chance, albeit a slim one, of pulling off something remarkable.

“It’s an outside chance but on any of the other 45 weekends, could we win at the same time as Macclesfield lose? Absolutely. When you look at it like that there’s every chance.

“Whether you’re at the beginning of your career or the end, something remarkable could happen this weekend that will stay with you.”

With ticket sales approaching 2,200, the gaffer has a simple message for supporters who are making the trip.

“Keep believing until we have nothing else to believe in,” urged Ardley.

“The fans have been like that all season. They are the heartbeat of the club and support us no matter what.

“From the start of the campaign until now, they haven’t had what they deserve but they’ve kept turning up.

"All we can expect is for the players to give that back for them on Saturday.”

Matt Tootle is the manager's only fresh doubt going into the weekend having missed recent training sessions through illness.

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