But, start believing at as the season approaches its quarter way mark.
What is more worrying? Notts have won just two games and have yet to hit top form or that local rivals Mansfield are nearly a quarter of the way towards falling out of the Football League?
Both sides have fallen behind their plan so far this seaosn with Notts in fifteenth and neighbours Mansfield firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
Both sides will expect more but the league never lies.
The Magpies are a long way from being serious promotion contenders while the Stags are a long way from League Two stability.
Is this under-achievement? Or maybe it is high expectations? We'll be able to judge that better in May.
For now, it is still a matter of opinion.
Every point is vital in League Twp and this weekend is no different.
Wins this weekend for the Nottinghamshire based teams could be the start of something great.
Game of the Day: Rotherham v Mansfield
Mansfield are desperate for the win.
And, it may not be as surprising as you think.
We all know Mansfield can score goals, their problem has been stopping them at the other end.
Six consecutive losses means confidence is low but win and it can all change.
The Stags have already lost to the Millers this season. A narrow 1-0 loss at Field Mill in the Johnstone Paint Trophy. Ian Sharps the scorer in a dire game.
But, this one one means so much more for the struggling side.
Rotherham themselves haven't had the best of starts either.
Mark Robins' men have won only one at home this season and that isn't surprising based on their showing against Notts.
The fans lack passion and so do the players.
They look far from promotion hopefuls with a one dimensional playing style and very rare creative moments.
Fight alone could bring Town a massive three points.
And if they don't fight now, they'll never get out of this mess.
NCM's Prediction: An upset on the cards. Away win.
Manager of the month Paul Fairclough takes his sixth placed Barnet to
The Hatters are yet to lose at Edgely Park so far this season while the Bees have lost once all campaign.
It will be a tight affair with County on the egde of the play-offs. I suspect a draw may suit both teams, even though they won't admit it.
Stuart McCall apolgised for his side's lacklusture 3-0 defeat at home to Accrington in mid-week, but bouncing back doesn't get any tougher as the Bantams go to MK Dons.
Five wins in five for Paul Ince's Dons and they'll be confident of a sixth and why not?
Chesterfield will be hoping to heap the pressure on the table toppers though fresh off the back fo their 4-0 demolition of Wrexham.
It's Macclesfield up next for them with just one win in nine. Ian Brightwell needs to improve and quick before the Silkmen become embroiled in a relagation dog fight once more.
The third bottom Imps entertain raiders Morecambe knowing the boss' job is on the line.
City have claimed just a single point form their last six outings- the heat is on.
Full Fixture List: Kick-off 3PM Saturday unless stated
Accrington Stanley v Wrexham (Friday 7.45PM)
Chesterfield v Macclesfield
Dagenham & Redbridge v Darlington
Hereford v Brentford
Lincoln v Morecambe
MK Dons v Bradford
Peterborough v Grimsby
Rochdale v Bury
Rotherham v Mansfield
Stockport v Barnet
Wycombe v Notts County
Chester v Shrewsbury (Sunday 12 Noon)