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Shaun Derry hails 'best' Notts County victory after win over Coventry City

8 February 2014

Shaun Derry was left completely satisfied by Notts County's best performance of his tenure as they beat Coventry City 3-0.

A Hayden Mullins strike got County off to a flyer, before James Spencer's 30-yard effort sent the home fans into a frenzy.

And, to cap off a complete display, stand-in skipper Alan Sheehan converted a late spot-kick to send the Magpies out of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone.

Derry, who was appointed in November, was pleased to see his side end a run of three straight league defeats in such emphatic fashion.

"The performance was the best I've seen since I've been here," he said. "We've had some fantastic results and some great wins, but if you look at the whole performance that was a proper, proper, team performance.

"It was the best I've seen defensively, the best I've seen from the midfield and up front too.

"I thought we were very clinical and the experienced lads showed just why they will be so crucial for us from now until the end of the season.

"The players really wanted to show the fans what they were made of and as I say, it was a complete performance.

"I said to the players before the game that if they looked back at the good results we've had, think about how well we started those games. It sets the tone for the afternoon and a good start is exactly what we delivered."

Mullins emphatically met a Jamal Campbell-Ryce centre in the 13th minute before Spencer's brilliance then put them further ahead.

Coventry rallied but Sheehan led a resilient defensive display and it was the skipper who wrapped it up from the penalty spot late on.

A disheartened Steven Pressley admitted the difference was simply County's superior work rate and desire.

"It's not often I say this about my own team, but I thought Notts County were hungrier than us," said to Coventry boss.

"It's a part of the game you hear me repeatedly talking about and the intensity of our work. The first half wasn't good enough and while the second was slightly better, it still wasn't at the level I expect.

"Another aspect of it was that we probably lacked a focal point. While Nathan (Delfouneso) tried to stretch the game, when the ball came into the front area of the pitch, the ball never stuck.

"We couldn't get any level of momentum because the ball kept coming back towards us. We needed to link to play against the strength of their centre-backs and we never got it. We never created any level of momentum which would have got us back into the game.

"It was a thoroughly disappointing performance from us."

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