Notts County’s chances of survival were hugely increased at the weekend, after an impressive 2-1 win away at promotion candidates Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
The Magpies had won just one game away from home all season, and nobody would have been expected them to pick up all three points against Mark Cooper’s men, who have automatic promotion to League One well in their sights.
But Neal Ardley’s men, fresh from earning a respectable point against Lincoln City last week, secured an invaluable three points at the New Lawn to take them to within four points of safety, thanks to goals from Jim O’Brien and Enzio Boldewijn.
It has been a horrid season for all concerned with the World’s Oldest Football League Club, but after a very promising transfer window and an impressive run of form of late, things look to be on the way up.
Here, we take a look at three reasons why Notts County are destined to survive the drop in League Two…
They have leaders in midfield
The biggest problem that Notts have encountered this season is the midfield conundrum. David Vaughan has failed to adapt to life in League Two, and they have just looked too weak in midfield on the whole.
But the January signings of Michael Doyle and Jim O’Brien have proven to work wonders at Meadow Lane – the duo possess real experience and strength in midfield, and they have been magnificent in the last few games.
The latter even popped up with a goal at the weekend, and they will be so important for the Magpies in their fight for survival.
They now have Enzio Boldewijn back
Boldewijn has been by far and away Notts’ best attacking outlet this season, and they suffered greatly without him when he was injured for a couple of months between November and January.
But the flying Dutchman has recently returned to first-team action, and marked his return with a breathtaking run and finish on Saturday afternoon, that won the game for the Magpies.
In Boldewijn, they have one of the best players in the league on their hands, and they will be relying on his magic in the business end of the campaign.
They have momentum
After two very impressive results in the last two weeks, Notts will be full of confidence right now.
With teams around them struggling to pick up points and the likes of Yeovil Town and Port Vale starting to be sucked into the relegation mixer, you have to fancy Notts’ chances of survival after two magnificent results.
If they can defeat local rivals Mansfield Town this weekend, it will be a massive result for the club.