NOTTS County assistant manager Dave Kevan has labelled Saturday's clash against Accrington Stanley as a "must-win" game.

The Magpies' 4-2 defeat at Rochdale in midweek leaves them perilously close to the drop zone.

And the former Burnley number two is desperate for the three points against Stanley.

He said: "We've got to pick ourselves up now and make sure we're ready for another tough game against Accrington.

"They're safe now so they'll probably be playing with less pressure. They've got some good players, they're very hard working, very well organised, so we know we'll be in for a tough game.

"Big Paul Mullin's always a threat up front, and there are one or two players we'll need to be on our toes to try to deal with. It's a big game now for us.

He added: "We can't concede as many as we did on Tuesday. We need to win the game. It is a must-win game.

"It's been a disappoint-ment that the season's panned out the way it has but this is where we're at at the moment and we need to make sure we avoid going out of the league at all costs.

"That goes without saying. And we believe we can do that.

"One thing we've been all season is relatively hard to beat and we haven't conceded many goals, so it was a bit of a shocker."