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Stuck To Our Task

18 November 2012

Manager Keith Curle had mixed emotions at the end of the game...

Notts continued to break the club record for their unbeaten away record which now stands at 18, but Manager Keith Curle was left annoyed that slack marking didn’t give his side all the three points yesterday at Scunthorpe.

Twice the Irons took the lead after balls in the box weren’t dealt with and the Gaffer is hoping that the habit stops immediately.

He told Magpie Player: “If you don’t defend properly wide areas and let the ball into the box with ease, the likely hood is that you will get punished. It’s frustrating.

“My teamtalk changed after the second goal. It was needless. A misdirected clearance and a ball into the box and they are in. 

“We need to tighten up with our marking, but we are working progress, we are learning. It annoys me because it’s got to be stopped. We work a lot on defending as a team.”

He was however pleased how the team dominated possession, especially in the first 45-minutes. 

He added: “I thought first half we dominated the game, controlled the game, a lot of pleasing passages of play and it was very pleasing, but I thought we gave away two cheap goals.

“It’s a difficult place to come, especially with their past results, the new manager and the lift with the early goal, but I thought we stuck to our task.”

He also gave a starting spot to 36-year-old striker Lee Hughes and was delighted with his hardwork as well as his two goals.

He said: “I brought in Lee looking at the timing, the right occasion the opposition and the framework that we play with.

“I know all about his character and his attitude. He can come in with a drop of hat and come in and score goals. I thought he deserved the goals after a lot of hard work from him.

“Every time the ball was in the box, Lee was there and he got his rewards.”

You can watch the full interview on Magpie Player.

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