NOW IS CALL FROM DERRY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Leigh Cur­tis To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

RE­LIEVED Shaun Derry wants Notts County to go and com­plete one of the great­est escapes in the club’s his­tory af­ter they over­came Swin­don.

Vic­tory lifted the Mag­pies out of the bot­tom four and, with re­sults go­ing their way, they now need just a draw at Old­ham on the fi­nal day to re­main in League One.

It is an as­ton­ish­ing turn­around given the club looked dead and buried prior to Derry’s ar­rival in Novem­ber.

But their per­for­mance here at Meadow Lane un­der­lined the progress they have made un­der his lead­er­ship as goals from Alan Shee­han and Cal­lum McGre­gor sealed a fab­u­lous vic­tory.

And Derry now wants his side to fin­ish the job at Boundary Park af­ter they ended Swin­don’s play-off charge with the Robins fin­ish­ing with nine men.

He said: “It was a huge day for us and and a huge re­sult and they just keep get­ting big­ger and big­ger.

“The oc­ca­sion has just got mas­sive now and we can­not let our­selves down against Old­ham. I’ve been through too many last-day dra­mas to know that they can have a real st­ing in the tail.

“We will come in on Mon­day and pre­pare prop­erly.We’ll train through­out the week and we’ll make sure ev­ery­body is in the right frame of mind.

“But I hope next weekend will be a joy­ous oc­ca­sion.We go to Old­ham on the back of a fine per­for­mance against Swin­don and my cel­e­bra­tion at the end was one of re­lief be­cause Swin­don ac­tu­ally wanted to score a goal.

“We only had a 1-0 lead and given the type of at­tacks that were com­ing thick and fast, I knew we had a big back­line and mid­field four who could stick it out.

“But the sec­ond goal fi­nalised the re­sult and it was such a re­lief given what was at stake.”

Notts County had taken the lead af­ter just nine min­utes when skip­per Shee­han drove home from just in­side the box.

Swin­don had chances to equalise, but their hopes of a win di­min­ished near the end as a re­sult of a huge bust-up in­volv­ing both sets of play­ers. Even­tu­ally Troy Archibald-Henville re­ceived a straight red card while Nathan Thomp­son also saw red for pick­ing up a sec­ond yel­low.

To com­pound Swin­don’s mis­ery, McGre­gor notched his 14th goal of the sea­son with a sim­ple tap-in from a quick break which had seen goal­keeper Wes Foder­ing­ham caught up­field af­ter at­tempt­ing to meet a free-kick.

And Swin­don boss Mark Cooper was not amused with ref­eree Richard Clark.

He said: “The ref­eree was just guess­ing and it was pretty much pot luck who got booked at the end.

“I wouldn’t give them the plea­sure of reporting him be­cause it doesn’t make any dif­fer­ence. I just hope the as­ses­sors were here to see it.

“We gave it a right go at the end, even with nine men, but credit to Notts County be­cause they were fight­ing for their lives. They were right at it and we ex­pected that. Full credit to them be­cause they de­served it in the end.

“We just didn’t pro­duce enough in the fi­nal third of the pitch.We looked as if we were not go­ing to work them too much.

“We didn’t cre­ate too much and we couldn’t blame the pitch be­cause it was fine.

“Deep down we knew we were al­ways chas­ing the play-offs and that it would re­quire a twist of fate. But I am de­lighted with the way we have ended the sea­son.”

FALL­ING DOWN: Jimmy Spencer, right, af­ter push from Swin­don’s Troy Archibald Henville

STAR MAN ALAN SHEEH

AN Notts County

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