Nolan demands big improvement

11 February 2018 11:21:44 EST

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan admits his players need to buck their ideas up if they are to get their promotion push back on track.

The Magpies slumped to a dismal 1-0 defeat at Barnet, 2/5 to be relegated from League Two this season, on Saturday, just three days after being thrashed 8-1 by Swansea City in the FA Cup.

Alex Nicholls scored the Bees' winner in the last minute to leave Notts County at 12121/1 to be promoted this season.

Nolan's team are currently fourth in the table, two points adrift of Wycombe Wanderers who reside in the final automatic promotion spot.

A deflated Nolan said: "We were totally poor. We couldn't pass the ball to one another. I told them that after the game and I cannot protect them because that performance is not good enough for me.

"We didn't work the goalkeeper well enough. They have got to buck their ideas up quickly or we will have more afternoons like that.

"The amount of pressure they put on us was minimal. They didn't allow us to play and fair play to Barnet. They are going to scrap because they're bottom of the league and they need to win games."

Mason Bennett picked up a hamstring injury in the first half of the game and may miss Tuesday's match against Carlisle United.

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