Notts County: John Sheridan says Magpies display was inexplicable

John Sheridan
John Sheridan took over at Notts County in May

Two games in quick succession, two unsatisfactory performances and plenty of grumbling and moaning.

No, this is not "messy" England post Sam Allardyce. It is Notts County's miserable few days in League Two.

At least England managed a win and a draw after the off-field shambles that dominated their World Cup qualifiers.

Prior to Saturday's big local derby against Mansfield, all was actually looking rosy for the Magpies. They were fifth in the table, level on points with three teams who were above them.

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BBC Radio Nottingham summariser Mark Stallard, a former Notts striker, expected a far better reaction to losing to Mansfield

How things have changed.

Saturday's 3-1 defeat by the Stags was followed by a 2-1 home loss to Morecambe three days afterwards and suddenly talk of the play-offs has been replaced by widespread criticism.

Boss John Sheridan, whose side have dropped to 10th, was also very vocal - and honest - following Tuesday's loss.

"We couldn't have played any worse than we have done," the former Oldham boss told BBC Radio Nottingham. "We wanted a response from Saturday. Unfortunately it has gone the other way.

"I have to take it as the manager. The players have got to take it and take the disappointment of the supporters.

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Stallard was in full agreement with Notts boss John Sheridan

"Sometimes you just have to get accept that we didn't deserve any credit from the game. When you play like we did it, with the performance we have shown, it is difficult to take.

"Sometimes it is difficult for me to explain because I am watching players and just thinking 'we are not at the races'.

"Probably the last 20 minutes is the only time we have shown any desire. The three subs were my best players in the last 25 minutes.

"They gave us a little bit of belief we could get something from the game but the performance did not merit anything.

"There was a lot of hope and belief that we could pick up points from both the games and we have come out with nothing.

"We are not a good enough team to rest on our laurels. It was difficult for me to watch."

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Stallard was struggling to find reasons to be cheerful, but managed one

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