Shaun Derry: Notts County cannot relax on final day

Derry wants survival as Notts fan

Notts County manager Shaun Derry will not let his player be lulled into a false sense of security as they try avoid relegation from League One.

The Magpies need just a point at Oldham in their final game on Saturday to retain their third-tier status.

"I don't want them to be too relaxed and treating this like any other game," Derry told BBC East Midlands Today.

"This isn't any other game - it's a huge, huge game and I want them to be making the right decisions."

The 36-year-old continued: "This would have taken over their lives this week and for the past 10 days.

"This final run-in of games has completely consumed everyone connected to the football club."

Derry has said saving County from relegation would rank as his best moment and football, having taken over at Meadow Lane with the club bottom of League One in November.

The former Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Sheffield United midfielder, who started his playing career as a trainee with Notts, said the final-day bid for survival is an occasion to revel in with more 3,500 Magpies fans expected to travel to Oldham.

"I want it to be a positive for them because I know what it is like to survive on the final day," said Derry.

"To see the best part 3,500 Notts fans in Boundary Park will be an amazing occasion and I want it to drive the players on.

"I'm thankful to each and every one of them for putting their money where mouth is to come support us.

"I'm from this area and know what it means to be a Notts County fan, I know what it means to them to travel and support team on Saturday.

"Slowly we have gained the confidence levels that has cumulated in huge game this weekend.

"I don't want to look back on Saturday evening and think all that hard work went to waste."