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Derry - Management is ageing me

7 December 2013

Shaun Derry admitted he had aged considerably after watching his Notts County side claim their first league win since he arrived at Meadow Lane.

The basement-boys were thankful to on-loan Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor who scored twice and also made two goal-line clearances as Notts County battled to a 3-1 win against Gillingham.

McGregor scored either side of the break before Jack Grealish got on the scoresheet, while Bradley Dack scored for Peter Taylor's Gills.

"It may have been my 36th birthday yesterday, but I look about 45 now," said Derry. "I've been waiting for that win since I've come through the door and I'm delighted it came under the circumstances that it did.

"I thought the whole team really delivered at a crucial time of the season. I thought at times we showed nervousness, but we scored at critical times.

"There were some magical performances; I don't think you'll see a better third goal at any level.

"Callum McGregor was the difference, he saved us. He scored two great goals and saved us at the other end as well. The goalkeeper was brilliant too.

"People were expecting us to win, because we were under pressure and I'm delighted that we have won. It's not going to be plain-sailing, I can guarantee that. We'll go to Colchester and put another performance in like that."

Dack came within inches of giving his side the lead in the 15th minute - his finish beat Bartosz Bialkowski but came back off the post.

But just minutes before the break McGregor gave his side the lead, twisting and turning inside the Gills' defence before seeing his shot deflect off skipper Adam Barrett.

Within two minutes of the re-start, Gillingham were level - the County defence failed to deal with Charlie Lee's long throw-in and the ball eventually fell to Dack who bundled the ball home.

Gillingham were in control, but completely against the run of play, County re-took the lead. Gary Liddle's low cross found McGregor, who turned before firing in to the roof of the net.

McGregor was proving to be the hero at both ends as he cleared twice off his own goal-line to keep County ahead.

But County sealed their first win in six with four minutes remaining thanks to a wonderful solo goal from Grealish. The Aston Villa loanee beat three Gills defenders and fired into the roof of the net to bag his first goal for the club.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor said: "I think the performance was okay. We created enough chances.

"I'm very disappointed with the finishing and very disappointed with the goals conceded, because they were poor goals. The third goal, we made their player look like George Best.

"We created a lot of chances; I felt it was amazing that we were 1-0 down at half-time. It was great that we got one at the start of the second half, but then we had to not give anything away again.

"It wasn't like our performance against Rotherham. We all admitted that our performance against Rotherham wasn't good enough.

"This performance was good enough, but it was individual errors that cost us. There was more about us, so that's an improvement, but we can't afford to give cheap goals away."


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