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Frustrating Evening For The Boss

24 October 2012

Manager disappointed after his side fail to finish off the Cherries...

Keith Curle was frustrated to see his side let go of the lead twice on Tuesday night. 

In a Meadow Lane clash with AFC Bournemouth, Notts were 2-0 up at the break thanks to goals from Jeff Hughes and Yoann Arquin.

The Cherries hit back early into the second period with a strike from Josh McQuoid and Harry Arter’s controversial penalty. 

When Jamal Campbell-Ryce made it 3-2 with an 84th minute spot kick, everyone in the stadium thought that was game over.

However, with the celebrations still humming around the home ends, substitute Matt Tubbs rescued a point for the visitors. 

Curle said: “It teaches you something, doesn’t it? Don’t switch off. 

“I think everyone in the stadium thought ‘well, that’s it’, we’d broken the hoodoo, it was a comfortable home win.

“All you’ve got to do is roll out 45 minutes – be solid, be professional, play the game at our tempo and we win the game.

“It doesn’t happen like that, if you don’t defend a goal kick, if you can’t defend a random ball into your box.

“They got a little bit of luck with the penalty decision – was it inside, was it outside the box?

“It’s one of those but we learn from it, dust ourselves down, we don’t dismantle and we look forward to Saturday.”

He continued: “I think in the first half they saw the best of us – the very best of us as well.

“I thought we were an attacking threat, our distances were good, our hunger was there and our application was there.

“We were stifling their play but in the second half we just didn’t start.

“Obviously, you know you’re going to get a reaction from them because they’ve got a new manager. 

“Because they were 2-0 down, they can play with a bit more freedom in their play because as far as they’re concerned the game’s lost until they get back into the game.

“You have to give them credit for their never-say-die attitude, they stuck to their tasks and got their rewards with a draw.” 

The Magpies are in action at Meadow Lane again this weekend. To purchase tickets, visit nottscountydirect.co.uk

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