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6 August 2012

Post-AEK Athens reaction from the gaffer...

Keith Curle was impressed with his side’s performance in the 45 minutes against AEK Athens on Sunday afternoon. 

The Magpies pressed high up the pitch and put together some entertaining attacks, before the match was abandoned at half time, due to a heavy rainstorm. 

It was the first chance for supporters to get a see their team in action at Meadow Lane this season, against strong opposition.

And they were delighted to see Notts take a 1-0 lead ahead of the break through Alan Judge, who latched onto Yoann Arquin's headed flick-on to place home. 

“We want to try to take control of the football and be in control of the football for larger periods of the game than the opposition,” Curle told Magpie Player. 

“The more you’ve got the ball the more chances you’ve got of scoring as and when the time is right to attack.

“Hopefully the supporters enjoyed the way that we played, we tried to play relaxed controlled football but at a decent tempo with forward momentum.”

The conditions were a huge contrast to those experienced at the Spanish training camp last week. 

“It’s what pre-season’s all about, being able to adapt,” the first team manager continued.

“The week they had last week, I thought was excellent, the attitude and application to training.

“The different training times, getting up at 7.15am and 7.30am and then training later in the evening as well.

“Throughout the day they were given a little bit of free time for their rest and relaxation and then the strength and activation work.

“It wasn’t a holiday, it was a working training camp and I think it was excellent.”

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