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Rocester manager Dave Shaw says six or seven points ‘should be enough’ for survival

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

STRIKE OUT . . . Rocester striker Dan Brown, who has netted 12 times since arriving in December and tops the scoring charts at Hillsfield, will miss the final four games of the season

STRIKE OUT . . . Rocester striker Dan Brown, who has netted 12 times since arriving in December and tops the scoring charts at Hillsfield, will miss the final four games of the season

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DAVE Shaw reckons between six and seven points from Rocester’s last four games will be enough to escape the Midland Alliance drop zone.

The Romans slipped into the bottom two after Saturday’s defeat at Highgate United, before moving up a place following Tuesday evening’s goalless draw against Walsall Wood.

“I think six points might keep us up,” said the Rocester manager. “Six or seven out of the last four games should be enough.”

Rocester have lost just one of their last four games, despite playing teams sitting first, third and ninth in the Midland Alliance.

That tough run continues at third-placed Quorn tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

“It’s going to be a toughie,” said Shaw. “They have won games by big margins, but they’ve lost games by big margins as well.

“If we can get an early goal then who knows what will happen.

“We’ve defended really well other than for 10 minutes on Saturday (the 3-2 defeat to Highgate United).”

Rocester will have to find that early goal without the services of top scorer Dan Brown, who will miss the final four games due to commitments made prior to arriving at Hillsfield.

“It’s a big blow,” said Shaw. “But over the last couple of weeks people have chipped in with goals.

“Other guys have a chance to show what they can do. We can’t rely on the same person to get the goals all the time.”

Brown played in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at home to ninth-placed Walsall Wood.

“We should have won the game really,” said Shaw. “Froggy (Richard Froggatt) only had one save to make of note.

“We probably should have had a penalty. Their guy (David Carns) who was sent off probably should have been sent off 20 minutes before.

“From that respect we should have got all three points.”

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