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Curle: Frustrating Decision

23 December 2012

Keith Curle was left massively frustrated by the decision to postpone the Magpies’ meeting with Leyton Orient.

Although both teams felt that the pitch was playable, the match officials decided that the game should not go ahead for health and safety reasons. 

The squad still braved the conditions and held a training session on the pitch in place of the fixture to aid with their preparations for the Boxing Day clash with Shrewsbury Town. 

“It’s understandable when it’s dangerous conditions or freak of nature weather conditions, but the pitch was in fantastic condition,” Curle told Magpie Player. 

“The groundstaff worked extremely hard and it was playable.

“We’re governed by the referee’s decision and there’s a lot of frustration, because we wanted to play the game.”

Curle had been hoping for a big response from his players, following back-to-back defeats at Meadow Lane.

He continued: “It was disappointing, because there was a lot of talking done through the week by myself and by the players as well.

“There had been a lot of feedback and a lot of positivity being geared to having a response against Leyton Orient on Saturday. 

“There’s a level of frustration from the players because they know that they let themselves down, they let me down and they let the football club down.

“You have to accept that very quickly and take it into our next game.”

You can listen to the Magpies’ clash with the Shrews on Magpie Player. 

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