Martin Allen took charge of Notts County for the first time and was pleased with the commitment of his side despite falling into the npower League One relegation zone with a 2-1 defeat at Yeovil.
Dean Bowditch opened the scoring for the Glovers in the 32nd minute before John Spicer levelled matters six minutes after the restart with a thumping volley. However, Bowditch netted his second just five minutes later to condemn the Magpies to an eighth successive league defeat.
Allen said: "Energy, effort and commitment from the players was good. They had a go. We could have done with a bit of quality but we created more chances in the first half and could have gone ahead."
He added: "I am not going to pick out individuals or criticise individual - I couldn't knock the effort. We scored a good equaliser but we didn't stay on terms long enough.
"We were at the ground until late last night and worked on set pieces in a field on the way down to Yeovil. But obviously there is still work to do."
Yeovil's Terry Skiverton felt it was "a horrific footballing game" although it had a lot of passion and physical play from both teams.
"We knew how important it was and we couldn't afford to muck about in our own half against a team that is looking to turn us. For us it was about putting the ball back in their half and seeing if they could break us down.
"When it got back to 1-1 I was still quite confident. I think everyone in the stadium was delighted with three points."
The victory took Yeovil to 50 points and a home win over Oldham on Saturday should ensure safety.
Skiverton added: "If things go right we could overtake Sheffield Wednesday and we must keep pushing on. We always seem to find ourselves on the edge of a cliff and I don't want that to happen again next season. I have always been a winner and I want us to string runs of wins together."
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