The Magpies – who were setting the pace until early September – have seen their fortunes slump dramatically since leading the chasing pack, although manager Gudjon Thordarson is still insistent upon a play-off push being mounted in the second half of the season.
Following the release of Glynn Hurst early last week, the club’s top goalscorer now, quite worryingly, is defender-cum-midfielder Mike Edwards, who’s found the net four times this season.
After seeing his side establish an impressive run in front of their home fans of late, however, Gudjon believes that this can form the building blocks for a late play-off push for the so-far frustrated Magpies.
Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post earlier today, Thordarson said "I am trying to approach things before the Darlington game and am speaking to players straight away. I am trying to strengthen and take things forward. We are only two points off the play-offs and it is about time we all realise that and stay behind the team for it to move forward."
"We are making decisions about what we are going to go for and I am sure we will get to strengthen the team."
"I am going to go for the play-offs at full force. But I need to be allowed a bit of freedom to get what I am after. There are hurdles, but we should have them out on the pitch, not in and around us."
However, the Icelandic manager remains tight-lipped with regards to names, favouring instead to play his cards close to his chest until a deal is signed, sealed and delivered, so to speak.