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Shaun Derry keeps feet on ground

26 March 2014

Shaun Derry is not getting carried away despite Notts County registering their second consecutive win to move off the bottom of the League 1 table.

Ronan Murray's brace and a Gary Liddle opener helped Notts complete a double over Crewe as they cruised to a 3-1 victory at Gresty Road, with Mark Ellis striking a late consolation for the Railwaymen.

County boss Derry said: "I'm not tempting fate and I'm not getting carried away as we are going to have to produce seven performances like that between now and the end of the season.

"We've got a completely different outlook now and I feel the mentality of the side has changed. I asked my players to produce a performance similar to last Saturday when we beat Carlisle (4-1) and they delivered.

"The players are giving me a headache now over my selection. Ronan has been fantastic since I took over apart from a mad five minutes, but he has redeemed himself in the last two games and you can see he loves playing for Notts County."

Liddle made the most of some slack home defending to provide Notts with a 10th-minute lead when he headed Jamal Campbell-Ryce's cross into the far corner.

Murray sealed the win with two goals inside 10 second-half minutes. He latched onto more good work from Campbell-Ryce and cut in from the right to drive into the far corner before breaking clear to shoot under Ben Garratt four minutes from time.

Centre-half Ellis drove home in stoppage time but it was too late for Crewe who remain just one point outside the relegation zone.

Alex boss Steve Davis admitted: "I'm stunned by the result and I don't think we deserved to lose 3-1, but the first goal was always going to be important and we gave away a silly free-kick in the run-up to it.

"I never think we've turned the corner at Crewe. We didn't show enough quality in the final third but they were able to put a lot of bodies on the line.

"We huffed and puffed a little bit and started to play a bit more football. But we switched off for their last two goals."


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