Notts County will be revved up for Iron game, says boss Chris Kiwomya
NOTTS County must get on the front foot from the first minute against Scunthorpe United today, says Chris Kiwomya.
The Magpies' boss says his players were slow out of the blocks in their 1-0 midweek defeat against Preston at Meadow Lane.
And he says they can't afford to let it happen again.
Kiwomya also says his players looked low in confidence on home soil on Tuesday night, losing to Haydn Hollis' own goal in the first half.
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Jeff Hughes hit the crossbar and subs Curtis Thompson and Yoann Arquin both went close to equalising, but apart from those chances Notts never looked like rescuing a point.
"We missed Judgey (Alan Judge), you could see the link between the midfield and the forwards wasn't there," said Kiwomya.
"Teams are coming here and pressing us and it's hard to play on the pitch, but we had Enoch (Showunmi) up there and we had (Francois) Zoko, but it never really happened.
"Yoann came on and had a good chance and that might just have turned the game for us and given us a bit of confidence that we needed because we lacked confidence out there.
"We were all trying to get something from it, but it wasn't to be."
The Magpies' No.1 Bartosz Bialkowski was one of the few players to emerge from the game with any credit, making a few good saves to prevent Notts losing more heavily.
"I'd rather be saying Bart had nothing to do," added Kiwomya. "We're asking a lot of him all the time. Sometimes you have got to start the game on the front foot and I don't think we did that. Even our first four or five passes went back to keeper."
Thompson also impressed on his League debut as a first-half sub for injured winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
"It was a big ask for him to come on, but Campbell-Ryce was struggling with a groin," said Kiwomya. "I'm all for the youngsters and it could have been different if he had scored a goal when he went through, but at least he gave us something a bit different."