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27 March 2015

United manager Mark Robins is expecting a hard game at Notts County on Saturday, but is keen to do whatever it takes to get three points.

County are in a similar position to the Iron, but are only out of the bottom four on goal difference, and Robins felt that would make it a very tough encounter.

Robins told The Iron Player: “They're all difficult games, everybody comes out and performs differently and on any given day anyone can beat anyone else.

“Notts County are in a similar position to ourselves I'd say, except they've come from a position a lot higher up in the division.

“I think when played them last, they went third or fourth in the division, and it has been incredible, since then, to see them where they are.

“For us, it's a third game away from home in a week and we've got to be ready for that challenge and, whatever that may be, we've got to get the three points.

“As hard fought as they're going to be, we've got to try and wrestle them away from them.”

County have recently sacked manager Shaun Derry as a result of their dip in form, and the club has moved quickly to appoint Paul Hart on an interim basis.

Robins felt that this did not impact his side greatly and that he would continue to solely focus on his side and getting the victory to help his team.

He said: “A managerial change at this stage of the season is always very difficult. We focus on ourselves that's for sure.

"We've got to focus on our strong points and positives, and the players we have available and try to put a team out that will win the game.

“It's no different to any other week, but the key is to try and keep people's heads and be calm and play the football we know we are capable of.

“I'm happy with the players. They've put in a good shift in the other night. It is difficult circumstances coming on the back of that defeat, but everybody is ready and up for this one and up for the challenge of the weekend.

“When everybody is together, calm and focused on the job at hand, that's when you tend to get the better results and it will turn around at some point.

“We've got to make sure it's sooner rather than later. I'm calm, there's no doubt about that. The supporters have been fantastic in all fairness and behind us all the way.

“Through difficult spells, managers and players come under pressure and we've got to stick together to make sure we get the right outcome.”

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