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Happy To Play In Both Roles

19 August 2012

Gary Liddle says he's happy to slot into defence after man of the match performance...

There may be a defensive crisis at Meadow Lane due to injuries but the Magpies can certainly rely on Gary Liddle to step in.

Liddle was required to move from midfield to centre-back just 13 minutes into Notts’ opening day clash with Crewe Alexandra, following an injury to Tom Williams. 

Although not unfamiliar with the role, the former Hartlepool man made a big impression, putting in a valiant performance that helped County to secure three points.

Following the 2-1 triumph at the Alexandra Stadium, Liddle explained that he would be all too happy to continue in the position.

“I honestly don’t know which role I prefer, I thought I was a midfielder but I spent the best part of two years playing as a centre-back at Hartlepool,” he said on Magpie Player. 

“When I went back there I felt that it was pretty new to me but I took to it pretty well.

“Since then, it’s been put beside my name that I can play in both and feel pretty comfortable doing so.”

Liddle received the man of the match award for his showing but he was keen to focus on the team’s efforts.

He continued: “We knew that it was going to be a tough game, the manager made a point of them coming off the back of a 5-0 win against Hartlepool last week. 

“I read somewhere that they hadn’t lost in 21 games and it makes this win all the better.

“We knew we had to stop them playing before we could play our own game and we did that, especially in the first half.

“We’ve worked on stuff from day one really and the coaching staff have drummed a way of playing into us. 

“I know we’ve lost a few defenders but as long as we’re solid at the back and create chances like we did on Saturday – not just the two goals, we created other chances that just went wide or over – we’ll be alright this season.” 

For full post-match reaction, sign in to Magpie Player. 

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