Notts County managed to bag themselves a draw at the weekend, holding high-flying Lincoln City to a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane.
They were helped by a first minute penalty from Jon Stead and although Bruno Andrade got the automatic promotion hopefuls back on track, they couldn’t find a way through in the second half.
Draws aren’t a lot of good at this stage of the season, the transfer window has closed and the Magpies are still seven points adrift of safety.
They’re going to need a Herculean effort to not only arrest the current slide, but find a way past at least two sides in their battle to remain in the Football League.
They’ve had three managers this season, their owner has put the club up for sale and they have only won once in the league since the start of October.
There’s certainly time of trouble around at Meadow Lane, but here’s three reasons why FLW think they can save themselves this season.
Doyle made his debut after joining from Coventry at the weekend and his class was there for all to see. He shows great game management, scuffing up the penalty spot for John Akinde’s late miss and causing a nuisance all afternoon.
He’s an irritating player, one well versed in the dark arts but clever enough to impress his experience and knowledge on those around him.
Teams that go down lack character. Michael Doyle just brought a bagful of that to Meadow Lane.
There are no points awarded for having more fans than anyone else, but in the coming weeks Notts County will be relying on their support to out sing the opposition. One their day they can attract huge crowds with over 10,000 watching this weekend, albeit courtesy of 4,500 from Lincoln.
They need every advantage they can get and having a vociferous crowd that believe they can stay up will be a big help.
The young striker on loan from Forest proved himself to be hungry and energetic this weekend and if they can get him in behind he might be something of a secret weapon.
Their neighbours from over the Trent have significantly boosted Mansfield Town’s promotion hopes this season, but their loan of the rather understated striker from their academy might be the difference between trips to Chorley or Colchester next season.