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Jon Stead opens up on Notts County fitness issues and poor form


Jon Stead has suggested that Notts County's players have not been "putting in the miles" as he spoke about the team's poor form of late.

There has been much discussion about lack of fitness among the fans as the Magpies remain stuck at the bottom of League Two with just two points to their name all season.

Indeed, new manager Harry Kewell has claimed that his players need to get fitter and that they are making poor errors because of tiredness.

"It's a difficult one. It might not even be the fitness. It might be that we've not been putting in the miles we need to," Stead told the Nottingham Post.

"Maybe that's down to a lack of confidence, but there's no excuse. No matter how bad things are going you put 100 percent in and you work hard to get to the ball.

"We've got to show a real obvious statement that we are working hard as a team. That will translate through the lads.

"We've got to help each other out. You can't be in a difficult position and expect someone else to get you out of it. We can't rely on Enzio to curl one in from 25 yards every week.

"It's the same at every club. If players are having a tough time and results aren't good then fans want to see players working hard for the shirt, working hard to put a performance in.

"The fans were brilliant [in the Stevenage game]. They stuck with us all day. It's probably been an entertaining game for good and bad reasons, but I think fans saw that work ethic.

"We want to get better and improve. I do feel progress is being made. Fans will look at it and feel it's difficult to see that progress, but steps are being taken.

"We've just got to keep working at it. It takes hours and hours on the training ground to get it right."

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