Harry Kewell sent off in heavy Notts County defeat

Harry Kewell Notts County
The Australian manager has had a tough start to life with his new club

Just a week after arriving at Notts County from Crawley Town, Harry Kewelll has now tasted consecutive defeats and been sent off in a difficult beginning to his tenure in charge.

A 2-1 defeat to Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup mid-week was followed up by a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Exeter City in League Two.

Kewell's frustrations getting the best of him after Exeter scored their fourth with the former Socceroos shown a straight red for comments directed to the referee. 

The Notts boss adamant his side were denied a penalty prior to City smashing in their fourth goal of the night.

"There was a cross in the box and it was one of those 'does it hit his hand, or does it not?'," Kewell said post-match.

"The referee says no, we are complaining, they go up the other end and score a goal.

"That was disappointing and that is when I get my marching orders. I said 'well done' to the referee. I said you can see one in the far corner, but not one straight in front of you."

The defeat leaves Notts bottom of League Two with just one point to show from their first seven games and a mountain to climb for Kewell's new side.

While not an ideal start to life with the club, Kewell is focused on turning things around quickly. 

"I'm a winner, we are going to have to try things, and to be vulnerable at the back to get extra men in the box," he said.

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"I'm giving players a crash course in playing in certain positions - but we have to deal with what we are dealt with, we have a lot of players playing in places they aren't used to."

As Kewell had a night to forget, his former side Crawley claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Lincoln City to move up to 15th - nine points clear of Notts