Notts County: It's time to stop talking about the play-offs, says boss Chris Kiwomya
CHRIS Kiwomya says it's time for Notts County to stop talking about the play-offs.
The Magpies' chances of finishing the season in the top six in League One is all Kiwomya has been asked about since he took charge at Meadow Lane nine games ago.
But they are nine points off the pace with just eight games left.
They face Scunthorpe United at Meadow Lane today (3pm) and Kiwomya said: "Listen, we have just got to concentrate on playing well for 90 minutes and winning a game, that's what we've got to talk about now."
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The Magpies spent most of the first half of the season in the top-six and even hit the top of the division in September.
But they have won just four times since the start of this year and now look almost certain to be in League One again next season.
Kiwomya replaced axed Keith Curle in the hot-seat last month and led Notts on a seven-game unbeaten run, but that was ended by a dire 1-0 defeat against Preston North End at Meadow Lane on Tuesday night.
The Magpies produced their worst performance under Kiwomya, but he insists the players don't lack desire.
"I wouldn't question the desire, but sometimes you need a bit of know how, how to open up teams," he added.
"We just have to pick ourselves up and focus on the next game now."
The Magpies are hoping key duo Alan Judge and Jamal Campbell-Ryce will be fit to face the Iron, who are just above the relegation zone and fighting to beat the drop.
Judge has missed the last two games.
"We've missed Judgey so hopefully he will be back," said Kiwomya.
"We need a little bit of a spark."
Winger Campbell-Ryce limped off in the first half against Preston with a groin injury.
"It's getting towards the end of the season and he's played a lot of football," said Kiwomya.