Shaun Derry: Latest win surprises Notts County boss

Shaun Derry

Manager Shaun Derry admits Notts County's emphatic win that lifted them off the bottom of the League One table came as a surprise.

Saturday's 4-0 victory at Colchester was the Magpies' first away from home in all competitions this term.

It was also the first time Notts have recorded back-to-back triumphs.

"I didn't see 4-0 coming to be honest - what I saw and expected was a positive result.," 35-year-old Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"We needed to back last week up as well. It is all well and good winning, but you can't go back and rest on your laurels.

"We needed to take advantage of the position we found ourselves in, and needed to win."

For the second successive week on-loan pair Callum McGregor and Jack Grealish scored for Notts.

As Grealish did against Gillingham, on-loan Charlton defender Morgan Fox netted his first senior goal before captain Gary Liddle added a fourth.

Victory lifted Notts above both Bristol City and Crewe Alexandra in the table and moved them to within four points of the U's in 18th place.

Derry said the Magpies have set themselves new standards, and singled midfielder Andre Boucaud out for special praise.

"I've never seen Boucaud play like that, he needs to go and replicate those performances every week because the lad really has ability," said Derry.

"I thought the back four were fantastic, [captain Gary] Liddle was sound in the middle of the park and the forward four were very inventive."

Bristol City, who were sent to the bottom of the table after their 2-1 home loss to Rotherham, travel to Meadow Lane on Saturday.

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