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Boss Wants Gunners-Like Reaction

21 December 2012

Keith Curle wants Notts County to bounce back from the midweek cup exit in the same way that Arsenal did following their loss to Bradford City.

Arsene Wenger’s top-flight stars were dumped out of the Carling Cup by the npower League 2 outfit earlier this month but responded with a convincing 5-2 league win over Reading. 

The determination to make amends for a poor performance is just what the manager is after, on the back of a disappointing loss at the hands of lower league Rotherham United. 

“This is the first time since I’ve come to this football club that we’ve had a wobble but, let me tell you, Arsenal can lose a cup game,” he told the press. 

“Arsenal got beat by a Bradford and you think there’s no way an Arsene Wenger team would get beat by a second string team.

“How did they react to that? They went out and won the next game and that’s what we need to do.”

Curle refuses to panic following the defeats to Brentford and the Millers, and is encouraging fans to get behind the team, as they aim to climb back into the Play-Off places with three points against Leyton Orient. 

He continued: “We’ve had two negative results at home but we’re six points off the top.

“We’ve had a change in philosophy, a massive change in playing personnel, a change in culture and upped the professional levels at the football club. 

“Within that, if we said at Christmas we’re going to be six points off top, would we have taken it? 

“Collectively as a manager, as owners, as supporters of the football club, I think it would have been a yes. 

“We’ll take that, because we can kick on from there with the foundations in place.”

To view the full press conference, sign in to Magpie Player.

Pre-match coverage will also be available in the Nottingham Post, on BBC East Midlands Today and the BBC Radio Nottingham pre-match show.

To purchase tickets for this game, visit www.nottscountydirect.co.uk

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