Stuart Maynard: Notts County boss praises fans after League Two side avoid unwanted record

Notts County football manager Stuart Maynard
Notts County took their second point from seven home games under Stuart Maynard by holding fourth-placed MK Dons to a draw [Getty Images]

Notts County manager Stuart Maynard has praised the League Two side's "incredible" fans despite banners at Meadow Lane calling for his exit.

The Magpies avoided a club-record sixth consecutive home defeat with a 91st-minute Aaron Nemane equaliser in a 3-3 draw with MK Dons on Monday.

"We're glad that's out of the way," Maynard said of the sequence, adding that he "didn't see" signs of protest.

"That's something we didn't want on our CV as a group and a management team."

County are on a seven-game winless run and have not won at home in 2024.

Maynard, who has lost nine and won two of his 14 games since succeeding Luke Williams in January, says he sympathises with disgruntled supporters.

"We have to give them something to get off their seats and sing about," the former Wealdstone boss told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"When you're losing, everyone's going to judge you.

"We deserved to go in at half-time one or two ahead. Credit to the lads to keep going right to the end after we went 3-2 down.

"It's not easy to be on a run like we've been on and then play in front of 10,500 people and be brave and want the ball.

"The reception they gave me and the players at the end was incredible. They've been good home and away.

"When they boo at the end of some games, I get the frustration. I'm frustrated, so I don't take it personally."

David McGoldrick playing football for Notts County
Of Notts County's 15 league wins this season, 11 have come between August and November [Getty Images]

'It's been very difficult'

Last season's National League play-off winners have slipped from sixth to 15th during Maynard's tenure but the 43-year-old says he inherited "problems" when he took over.

"We've stopped certain things but it's been very difficult," Maynard reflected.

"Before I got in here, we'd lost nine in 15, so it was a similar trend.

"They picked up a lot of points early in the season and it put them in an incredible position, but it's not been consistent - previously or for me.

"We've got a group of lads who are very hungry and want to keep learning. We've got to keep getting on the training ground with them.

"We're coming into a league which is way more physical than the league we've been promoted out of.

"There are different ways that teams attack you and we've struggled to adapt to it.

"Are we equipped for League Two? They keep asking the same questions and if we keep making the same errors, it's very hard.

"We're working very hard behind the scenes to make sure we get the recruitment spot on for next season."