Date: 21st February 2014 at 11:34am
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Manager Shaun Derry has said that the Shrewsbury game this weekend is the first of a run of games that will be vital to Notts County’s survival hopes.

The game tomorrow starts a run which sees us face off against eight teams in the thick of it at the bottom of the table, and positive results in those games will not only see us push up the table, but we’ll keep those teams occupied below us.

Speaking to the Official Site Derry points to where we were in the reverse fixture back in November, bottom of the pile and seven points adrift of safety, so our improvement can be seen, and we need to take confidence from that as we head into all of the remaining games this season.

‘We’ve got a chunk of games coming that are going to determine where we are at the beginning of May. We need seven to eight wins and we’ve got to do that and we can’t rely on anyone else.’

Derry says that Shrewsbury will be a ‘monumental’ game for us because of its importance, but it’s a game that everyone is looking forward to. With that said the gaffer isn’t expecting an open, end to end match, he thinks it’s going to be very tight, gritty and full of battle where ultimately a single goal could make all the difference.

In some circumstances simply being unbeaten and picking up a fair number of wins to build on single points from games could be enough with how tight the league is, unfortunately this isn’t one of those times because Stevenage have three games in hand on us, and Shrewsbury themselves have a game in hand as well so three points will be absolutely massive for us. A point really won’t be enough.