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Shaun Derry wants more of the same from Notts County

29 March 2014

Notts County boss Shaun Derry insists his side must keep reproducing this performance until the end of the season after they climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Colchester United.

Ronan Murray's superb seventh-minute strike opened the scoring before defender Haydn Hollis headed in his third goal in three games to double the lead.

County had chances to extend it further after the break, but with other results going their way the victory means Derry's side climb out of the drop zone on goal difference - much to the manager's delight.

"Each and every man, woman and child were magnificent and we could hear the support from the first minute to the last," Derry said.

"That's how it has to be - all of us together and hope that we stay up together.

"Ronan Murray is in a bit of form and he is a good player.

"We missed him when we lost him through suspension after the Peterborough game.

"It knocked him , it knocked his confidence and it knocked the team.

"When he is on form he is a fantastic player for us and he works well with Jimmy (Spencer).

"Let's not forget the other lads as well and if you look at the bench we've got Callum McGregor there waiting patiently, but everybody is together, which is so important.

"Colchester put up a real fight and they are now only three points above us which has brought them into the equation."

For Colchester United boss Joe Dunne it was a case of what might have been after both Freddie Sears and Alex Gilbey came close for the visitors.

"I thought the shape and the way we worked the ball was good in the first half," he said.

"If they had not have scored it would have been one way traffic.

"We dominated territory and Searsy (Freddie) has engineered a great opportunity which has hit the inside of the post and gone out.

"We had that the other evening against Wolves, while Alex Gilbey was in a good position to score as well, so it was Notts County's day.

"We need to have our own day and we will as long we keep believing. If we stay positive, it will happen.

"The second goal before half-time changed the team talk because it meant it was another fight to come back into the game which is always tough.

"If it stays at 1-0 and we come out with the same momentum then it's a different game.

"The players have been coming back exceptionally well in recent weeks and we spoke about it again at half-time, but it was a massive hill to climb."

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