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Notts County's Shaun Derry hails 'defining moment'

12 April 2014

Notts County boss Shaun Derry said his side's remarkable 4-2 comeback victory over Port Vale could be a defining moment in his side's quest to avoid relegation.

The Magpies were 2-0 down after 25 minutes, but Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Jimmy Spencer each scored twice as they climbed out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

The win breathed new life into Notts' survival chances and Derry urged his players to continue believing.

"It's absolutely fantastic that we've managed to redeem ourselves again after many people would have labelled us dead and buried at 2-0 down," Derry said.

"We showed great character and I'm so proud of the players for the way they came back to win.

"It could be a defining moment in the season.

"We always knew the home games would be pivotal for us, but I never envisaged it to go the way it did against Port Vale.

"But I'm very thankful that it did because 2-0 is a horrible scoreline. If the team who is behind gets it, it causes all kinds of problems.

"To get to 2-1 was crucial. But I said to the players that they had to believe because even at 2-0 down you are not dead and buried and we proved that.

"The response from the lads from going 2-0 down was fantastic. We scored within five minutes after that and it put us in the driving seat."

Vale stormed out of the blocks and were 2-0 up after County defender Curtis Thompson had headed into his own net and Gavin Tomlin struck.

Notts gave themselves hope after 27 minutes when Spencer deftly headed Campbell-Ryce's cross beyond Vale goalkeeper Sam Johnson.

Spencer then equalised after more good work from Campbell-Ryce and the winger went on to add two more goals - in the 48th and 85th minute - to seal a valuable win.

"I think the first half summed up our season really," said Vale boss Micky Adams.

"We got ourselves into a 2-0 lead, but then ended up being pegged back.

"But when we went 3-2 down, to be fair, they gave me a response and we had a very good 10-15 minute spell when we could have scored the equaliser.

"We created some very good opportunities and also hit the post, but their goalkeeper, you have to say, made some very good saves to keep them ahead especially from Tom Pope's header.

"But at least the players kept showing the belief and spirit is there at this football club.

"I just think the goals they scored could have been avoided had we shown a bit more endeavour in certain situations.

"But I'm proud of the players for what they've done this season."


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