Notts County are now seven points adrift of League Two's automatic promotion places as they were beaten 1-0 at Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday.
Mark Hughes's early goal was enough to settle the game between the sides at the Wham Stadium as the Magpies slipped to fifth in the table.
Notts wasted three gilt-edged opportunities to equalise with Jonathan Forte hitting the bar, while Matty Virtue and substitute Jorge Grant both shot wide when unmarked.
With Stanley winning, and Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers also recording victories, Kevin Nolan's side face a mountain to get back into the top three, and surely the target must now be remaining in the playoffs.
How did the Notts contingent and fans react to the loss? Here is a round-up of some of the post-match reaction.
"We didn't put them under enough pressure. We had very good possession but we didn't put it in the right areas.
"We had two glorious opportunities and didn't put either in the back of the net. When you do that, it changes the game.
"I thought we more than matched them in a few areas and Adam Collin made some good saves, which is the difference.
"Our goalkeeper has had to make saves whereas we have had opportunities to get shots in and we haven't made the goalkeeper work, which is the most disappointing part of it."
The Black & White Army
Mark Connors: Shut up moaning KN is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t - if he had named an unchanged side the moaners would have slated him - at the end of the day we are a middle table side who KN has motivated to do better,we have run out of steam and need the fans to try to get us in the playoffs by getting behind the lads not keep moaning and criticising
Kevin Hopcroft: Hang on we are away at top of the league. This is a team that is beating everyone. I would have taken a draw. Admitted we need a quick striker. But lets remember where we have been the last few seasons. This is progress just need to buy in a few positions. I can not stand the haters coming out when we lose. The re build was mid table this season and push for promotion next season. We have been over achieving. In Hardy and Nolan we trust. COYP
Matt Craig: Same old **** nolans tactically inept 1 shot on target all game nolan out
Neale Tristram What on earth happened over Christmas?? We've gone back to playing like we did before Nolan! Play offs looking dodgy with 2 points from 12 which isn't going to keep us in the top 7! Big clear out in the summer.
Craig Spencer: just got back and we lost to the better side.end of. Coventry city 3 points at the lane plz#and to all the nolan moaners YOU KNOW IF HE f@@ks off somewhere else i hope your happy.its a crucial stage of the season UNITY IS NEEDED NOTTS FANS ;CMON UNITE AND LETS GET THE LADS OVER THE FINISH LINE.YOU PIES #BIG SHOUT TO NOTTS CO SUPPORTERS CLUB 1947 FOR A GREAT DAY OUT!!
Andy Whibberley: Can't believe people are calling for Nolan to go. The endless managerial merrygoround at Notts was a disaster on the pitch and made the club a joke. Coleman has been at Accrington a total of around 15 years. Or about 25 managers in Notts terms. Look where consistency gets you. Sheridan is doing well again. Shall we get him back??
Adrian Wheatley: Just can not put the ball in the net if the rumours are right sign up Ranger till the end of the season or we won’t even make the play offs
Will Hart: At the beginning of the season I was hoping for a top 10 position based on the fact this season was all about stability. Therefore a bonus if we make the playoffs.
Darren Handley: Blah blah blah for the people that have a bad opinion about the bad tactics I wouldn’t waste your breath as the nodding dogs who was nodding away with the trews will always call you a non Notts supporter these noddies would still be happy if we was in non league.it was in trew we trust now it’s in hardy we trust another business man with no football brain but hey wait untill we get new hotels we can all be buzzing about that 😡😡😡😡
Luke James: Well played Nolan! what a half hearted attempt at a vital game in the season. We will be lucky to get play offs on this form.
Spencer Burrows: we've been poor for some time now, we're not even good enough for the play offs.
Nigel Trueman: No surprise tbf. playing mid table results wise. fully expect to finish outside the playoff places and sorry to say it but with a rebuild required next season a mid-table finish
David Nicholls: We've **** it now.... playoffs at best... 2 points from 12 isn't it.... that's not the performance of winners....
Martyn Malone: Was never going to win there even with 7 changes bye bye Automatic might just make playoffs at this rate