Notts County: Season will be a failure if we don't finish in play-offs, says Andre Boucaud
NOTTS County's season will have been a failure if they don't finish in the League One play-offs, says midfielder Andre Boucaud.
The 28-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a good season himself, earning a return to the Football League with the Magpies after four years in the non-league wilderness.
He only moved to Meadow Lane on a short-term loan deal from Luton Town last summer, but he was quickly given a permanent deal that could keep him at the club until 2015.
But he says all of that will count for nothing if Notts miss out on the top six.
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They are nine points outside the play-offs in 11th place with only eight games left – and Boucaud insists they should be battling it out at the top with the players they have got.
They were up there throughout the first half of the season, but their form has dipped badly since December to leave them well off the pace ahead of facing struggling Scunthorpe United at Meadow Lane on Saturday (3pm).
"For me it's been a success, coming from where I came from," said Boucaud. "But as a team I believe we should be no less than in the play-offs so maybe if we don't make them I will see it as a bit of a failure.
"I believe the squad we have here we should be there.
"We shouldn't be where we are, but the league doesn't lie and it's not good enough.
"We need to be up there in the play-offs and fighting for automatic with the squad we have got here."
The Magpies were unbeaten in seven league games before losing 1-0 to Preston North End on home soil on Tuesday.
"Now we've had a blip everyone seems to think the wheels have fallen off, but I don't think that's the case," added Boucaud.