Coventry boss Steven Pressley admitted Notts County's work rate and desire was the difference as they ran out 3-0 winners.
Coventry failed to trouble the Magpies defence despite being backed by more than 3,500 travelling supporters as County ran out comfortable winners at Meadow Lane.
"It's not often I say this about my own team, but I thought Notts County were hungrier than us," said to Coventry boss.
"It's a part of the game you hear me repeatedly talking about and the intensity of our work. The first half wasn't good enough and while the second was slightly better, it still wasn't at the level I expect.
"Another aspect of it was that we probably lacked a focal point. While Nathan (Delfouneso) tried to stretch the game, when the ball came into the front area of the pitch, the ball never stuck.
"We couldn't get any level of momentum because the ball kept coming back towards us. We needed to link to play against the strength of their centre-backs and we never got it. We never created any level of momentum which would have got us back into the game.
"It was a thoroughly disappointing performance from us."