Notts County’s hopes of League Two survival are vanishing by the week, after yet another disappointing result at the weekend.
The Magpies were looking to build on an impressive 3-1 victory against promotion chasing Carlisle in midweek, as goals from Kane Hemmings and Lewis Alessandra restored belief amongst the Meadow Lane faithful.
Morecambe were the visitors at Meadow Lane on Saturday, with Neal Ardley’s men knowing that they could drag the Shrimps into the relegation mixer with another three points at the weekend.
But, in a game which lacked any real clear-cut chances, the game played out to a 0-0 draw, leaving Notts three points adrift of safety in the Sky Bet League Two table.
Despite gaining a point on Yeovil Town, the general consensus of supporters will surely believe that their side have got to be defeating teams around them at this stage of the season.
Here, we take a look at why Notts are destined for the drop after yet another drab afternoon in Nottingham…
They cannot seem to find a consistent line-up
At such a crucial stage of the season, you need a bit of consistency and you need your best players available – County don’t have either of that right now.
The Magpies were forced to make a change from the Carlisle win with Jim O’Brien missing out with injury, meaning a huge personnel change at the weekend. Mitch Rose moved into central midfield, whilst Matt Tootle made his first appearance at right-back since New Year’s Day.
It’s clear to see a lack of communication and unity between the players, and Ardley needs to find his best team pronto.
They have a tough run-in ahead
It’s simple – Notts need to win games in order to drag Yeovil Town into the relegation mixer, but looking at their next few games, you have got to be fearing the worst for the Magpies.
Promotion chasing Exeter City and MK Dons are still yet to visit Meadow Lane, and they are likely to present a difficult task with both sides in the hunt for promotion either automatically or via the play-offs.
The Magpies’ away form is also particularly disappointing, so with tough trips to the likes of Stevenage and Crewe on the horizon, it could be a bleak couple of months for Notts.