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Shaun Derry delight at Notts County win

26 April 2014

Notts County boss Shaun Derry admitted it was a huge relief to see his side jump out of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation places after the Magpies' 2-0 victory over nine-man Swindon Town.

Alan Sheehan's first-half strike and Callum McGregor's stoppage-time effort - either side of red cards for Troy Archibald-Henville and Nathan Thompson - sealed a third win in four games for Notts.

It lifted Derry's troops up to 19th place in the table, two points above the drop zone, ahead of their final game of the season against Oldham Athletic next weekend.

"It was a huge day for us and a huge result and they just keep getting bigger and bigger," said Derry.

"The occasion has just got massive now and we cannot let ourselves down now.

"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.

"I hope it (the game against Oldham) will be a joyous occasion. My celebration at the end was one of relief because Swindon actually wanted to score a goal and we only had a 1-0 lead.

"Given the type of attacks that were coming thick and fast, I knew we had a big backline and midfield four who can stick in there. But the second goal finalised the result and it was such a relief given what was at stake."

Sheehan drove a terrific low shot into the corner - his sixth goal of the season - to open the scoring on nine minutes.

The game erupted into a mass brawl late on with Archibald-Henville dismissed for an off-the-ball swipe at Jimmy Spencer, and Thompson was also sent off after collecting a second yellow.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper said: ``"Nathan tried to get in between a few of the players and he hasn't raised his hands.

"The referee was just guessing and it was pretty much pot luck who got booked. I wouldn't give them the pleasure of reporting them because it doesn't make any difference. I just hope the assessors were here to see it.``

On the match itself, Cooper added: ``We gave it a right go at the end but credit to Notts 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.

"I just didn't think we produced enough in the final third of the pitch. 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."

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