First team manager Shaun Derry was able to take positives out of Notts County’s loss to Shrewsbury Town, but that could not mask the frustration.
Notts, despite dominating for large periods, were defeated 1-0 at Greenhous Meadow after conceding a soft second half goal.
Derry was pleased with the Magpies’ overall display but spoke of the need for ruthlessness at both ends of the pitch.
He said: “We haven’t lost heart, we haven’t lost the conviction of what we’re trying to put over to the boys and we haven’t lost the performance, because that was there again.
“I was happy with the performance and we created a lot of chances.
“I felt we could have been more clinical at times with them but we need to be more clinical in the defending third as well.”
He added: “We were away from home and we understand that the home side will have a number of chances, a little bit of possession but I thought we really controlled the game at times.
“It’s all well and good saying ‘it’s his fault, it’s his fault’ – it’s our fault.
“It’s our fault when we concede goals like that because I’ve looked back on it.
“We didn’t press enough when they had the ball in the middle of the field, it was too easy to get a cross in, it was too easy to get a head back and it was definitely too easy to score the goal.
“That, at the end of the day, is the difference between a result and not a result.”
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