Notts winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce: "We have got to put it right!"
JAMAL Campbell-Ryce has turned into the 'angry little teddy bear' again.
The Notts County winger was jokingly given the nickname by his boss Keith Curle when he was out injured at the start of this season.
And he is likely to be called it by Curle and his team-mates again today, ahead of their FA Cup second round replay against Rotherham United at Meadow Lane tonight (7.45pm), because he was fuming with the Magpies' performance in their 2-1 home defeat against Brentford in League One and pulled no punches, saying: "We were crap!"
Campbell-Ryce also says they must hit back quickly by beating his old club in the cup and then Leyton Orient on home soil in League One on Saturday to get back on track.
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Notts took the lead against the Bees, but were stung by a controversial offside equaliser and then a late goal as they lost for the seventh time in 13 games at Meadow Lane this season.
"I'm not happy. I'm fuming to say the least," said Campbell-Ryce.
"I thought we started really well and played some good football in the first half hour, but then we conceded a goal and after that we didn't play anything like the kind of football we are expected to play.
"It seems like the story of our season at home.
"We miss chances and miss chances and we get punished.
"We go 1-0 up and we think everything is hunky-dory, but it's not and everyone saw we lost 2-1.
"We should have gone in two or three goals up, but it didn't happen.
"If we don't go in well ahead we should be resilient and we need to realise that – and quickly.
"We went out in the second half and we were second best to everything all over the park and there are no excuses.
"I don't know why, but they looked like they wanted it more than us.
"We didn't press them enough, we sat too deep and we let their attacking players get the ball into feet and play little intricate passes, which is what we should be doing.
"I thought we tried to go too direct and they picked us off and to be frank I thought we were crap and they thoroughly deserved the win.
"It's not good enough, especially at home. This is meant to be our fortress and the bottom line is it was just not good enough.
"They got their goal in the last couple of minutes to win it – and it hurts.
"Luckily enough we've got another game in the cup and we've got to get a reaction tonight and in the league on Saturday against Leyton Orient."
The defeat to Brentford makes the contrast between the Magpies' home and away form even starker because, while they have badly struggled at Meadow Lane, they are the only team in the entire Football League that is unbeaten on the road.
They have not lost away in 14 games this season and in 21 games in total going all the way back to February.
"It just seems that away from home everything is clicking, everybody has got this resilience and don't want to get beat on the road, but at home we just don't seem to have that," added Campbell-Ryce.
"It just seems like we want to play the good football and not do the horrible stuff and we have got to change that quickly."
Campbell-Ryce spent 20 months at Rotherham earlier in his career, but did not play when Notts drew 1-1 with them in the cup at the start of this month because he was suspended.
The two sides should have replayed the tie last Tuesday night, but the game was frozen off, so they will do battle tonight to reach the third round where Aldershot await.
Campbell-Ryce is certain the Millers will face a big backlash from an angry Notts dressing room and said: "We've got to be brave enough to get on the ball and not just hoof it long.
"It's all about bravery and not being worried to pass the ball.
"It seemed like that is what we were all over the pitch (against Brentford) and none of our attacking players could get into the game in the second half, which was extremely frustrating.
"It's gone now though and we've got to move onto the next game – and put it right."