Date: 15th February 2016 at 1:46pm
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Manager Jamie Fullarton has given his thoughts following the defeat to York City at the weekend.

Travelling to Bootham Crescent for the match and coming out of it with a two one defeat, speaking to the Nottingham Post in his post game press interviews, the gaffer also explained why he didn’t make a substitute until the 85th minute.

He also confirmed that there would be no day off as the players prepared for Hartlepool on Tuesday evening.

‘It’s disappointing to lose any game, but on reflection of the performance, it’s even more so. The first 20 minutes was probably the most accomplished we’ve produced since I’ve been here. It’s vital we don’t give teams something to hold on to, especially ones struggling to stay in the division. We did and they grew in confidence. At no point did I feel we were out of the game, I always felt we could get something.’

With debuts coming for defender Gary Mackenzie and winger Jason Banton, who arrived just before the game, Fullarton went on to praise Banton especially for what he felt was a bright start to his Notts County career.

‘Jason is direct and quick. The more time he spends with us the better. He’s shown in flashes what he can do and we’re looking to build on that.’

As for the late substitution, he said.

‘We waited to make changes. If you see the reaction of the other bench, they would agree. They made changes earlier.’

Making his debut, MacKenzie was also speaking to the same paper, and he admitted the first goal had rocked the side and they can’t let that happen again in the future.

‘It’s very frustrating to lose. We started the game very well. For 20 or 25 minutes they were pinned in their box and we had numerous corners. It seemed a matter of time until we scored. They hit us on a counter attack, which happens in football. Goals change games. We lost our shape for five or 10 minutes, really for the only time in the game. We conceded another goal, which was bitterly disappointing. We got in at half-time and said that if we played how we did for most of the first half we could get back in the game. I think the lads gave everything. We stuck to the task and made them defend. The equaliser didn’t quite come. The effort and desire was there, but it’s frustrating that it wasn’t enough. You could feel the atmosphere at 0-0. We were running the game and the supporters were on their backs. The first goal gave them a lift. We lost our shape and it rattled us having dominated the game. It was a sucker punch. Anyone who was at the game saw how hard we tried. Maybe with a little more quality we get the goals we needed.’

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