Manager Shaun Derry has told his players that they need to produce consistent performance levels if they are to steer Notts County to Sky Bet League 1 safety.
Notts were beaten 2-0 by second-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday afternoon courtesy of a goal either side of the break by Michael Jacobs.
Derry felt that the Magpies had more to offer on the day, following on from arguably the team’s finest showing the previous weekend against Coventry City.
He told the press: “That’s the inconsistency that’s blighted our season I suppose, one week it’s been fantastic and the next it’s a damp squib and on this occasion I thought it was the latter.
“I’m more concerned in not so much the away results - obviously I’d want more - but the level of the performances.
“How you can go from one extreme like we did last weekend against Coventry to [this].
“I wouldn’t say this was a disgraceful performance or a disastrous performance but it just wasn’t us and that’s what concerns me most.”
Although frustrated by his side’s showing, Derry believed that Notts could have taken something from the game.
In the first half, Callum McGregor fired wide in a good goal-scoring position and, late on, Jack Grealish headed over at close-range.
“A team that’s in the bottom four coming to a team that’s in the top two but we had some half decent chances along the way,” he added.
“Admittedly we could have been out of sight early doors but whenever you’re in the game you’ve got to take your chances and I felt that we didn’t take ours.”
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