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Gary Liddle aiming to ensure Magpies continue run

5 April 2014

By Tony Leighton

Relegation threatened Notts County head to Brentford's Griffin Park on Saturday with the aim of continuing the resurgence that has brought the Meadow Lane team three successive victories to take them from the bottom of the Sky Bet League 1 table up to a couple of places above the drop zone.

They are still above the bottom four only on goal difference, however, and with just six games of the season remaining points will be precious wherever they can get them - not that they will be expected by many to get any against a second in the table Brentford team that are looking good for automatic promotion.

Midfielder Gary Liddle, back in the Magpies side and performing well after recovering from injury, said: "It's a team that's been in a relegation battle since the first day of the season against a team that's on the verge of promotion to the Championship, so the odds will obviously point to a Brentford win.

"We'll have to aim to stifle them a bit, to hold them back and hit them on the counter-attack. The most important thing will be not to concede too early. We'll need a bit of luck, but after three wins in succession we'll go there with a lot more confidence than we would have done a month ago.

"The whole mentality of the place has changed. Those three wins have certainly given us a chance of the 'Great Escape' the fans are talking about. We're going to probably need at least another 10 points to be sure of safety, but there are another five or six teams that are going to need a similar return.

"Not all of those teams are going to achieve that, but we need to get the points on the board as quickly as possible. It would certainly be nice to go to Oldham on the last day of the season not needing something out of that game - I've been through too many of those occasions and don't want any more."

One of "those occasions" to which Liddle referred to was when he was playing for Hartlepool United and, on the final day of the 2009/10 season - when co-incidentally they were playing at Brentford - they had to better the result that survival rivals Gillingham could manage in order to stay in the division.

The point gained by Pools at Griffin Park would not have been enough if Gillingham had beaten Wycombe Wanderers, but the Gills lost 3-0 and Pools stayed up - though only on goal difference. "That was the most stressful time of my career," said the 27-year-old midfield man. "No more please!"

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