Time to do our 'talking on the pitch' at Notts County
IT'S amazing what a week can do in football – something perfectly demonstrated at Notts County as they prepare to face Swindon Town today.
After their midweek loss to Preston last week, the players were slammed for a perceived lack of effort by some and there were strong words said both behind closed doors and in the media.
But victory last Saturday against Scunthorpe at Meadow Lane, given to them by an 81st-minute goal from Dean Leacock, and subsequent results going in their favour on Tuesday night have seen Notts close the gap to six points on the play-offs.
One day their season was being written off, the next the hunt for promotion out of League One was back on again.
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The matches at Swindon and Brentford and then at home to Yeovil – all promotion chasers – in the next ten days have suddenly taken added significance.
But while some in the squad have spoken of the fact Notts still have a chance, one player is just sick of the subject.
"I'm sick of reading people say 'we're not finished yet', we can only do our stuff on the pitch," said Irish full-back Alan Sheehan.
"We know the gap (to the play-offs), but when you go out on a Saturday, you're not thinking about any gaps, you're thinking about winning the game – because that's exactly what it's all about.
"I think in the last month a lot of things have been said; it's probably better if people do their talking on the pitch."
He added: "All we can do is win our games and do our stuff, who knows what will happen.
"There are seven games and 21 points to play for, we've just got to concentrate on our own dressing room.
"We got a win last Saturday and if we can get the three points today then maybe people will be looking over their shoulder a bit then.
"The next three games are Swindon, Brentford and Yeovil. That's going to make or break our season, they are three of the best teams in the league."