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Collective Responsibility

21 August 2012

Manager wants all of his players to provide an attacking threat...


Accepting collective responsibility can take the Magpies a long way this season, says first team manager Keith Curle.

No pressure is being placed on individual players, as Curle expects everyone to play their part.

Saturday’s npower League 1 opener at the Alexandra Stadium saw the Magpies claim a 2-1 victory, with both goals scored by forwards. 

Curle does not want to rely on his frontmen to find the net this term and would like every player to be a danger to the opposition. 

“There’s no individual quotas, I want the whole team to be an attacking threat, whether that’s in open play or set plays,” he told Magpie Player, ahead of tonight’s match against Hartlepool United. 

“Everyone has got the license to go and score a goal and everyone’s got a right to express themselves for the right reasons.

“There’s a mentality I want at this football club whereby we win together and we lose together. 

“That’s not just the players, that’s the supporters and everyone that works at this football club having that positivity.

“If we get beat it hurts but we don’t change our mindset of what we want to try and achieve.” 

1,236 County supporters watched the team overcome Crewe on Saturday – a massively impressive away following.

Curle is hoping that the home faithful will offer the same level of backing to give County the edge this evening at Meadow Lane.

“The support was phenomenal on Saturday – absolutely fantastic,” he continued. 

“It was probably the first opportunity that the supporters have had to see the team playing at our tempo.

“I know we had the cup game but the first league game was vitally important for everybody.

“Every manager would say they want a good start and I want a good start, middle and end.”

Tonight's game kicks off at 7.45pm. For full ticket information, click here.

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