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In The History Books

19 September 2012

Manager proud of his team's achievement...

Notts County’s 1-1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons has set a new club record of 11 away league games without defeat. 

Jimmy Sirrel’s Magpies had set the previous record of 10 matches 41 years ago but an unbeaten streak that was kick-started in February has seen Keith Curle’s squad go down in the history books.  

On the road, Curle is yet to lose as County boss and was delighted that his players’ efforts were rewarded on Tuesday night. 

He told Magpie Player: “It’s very pleasing and I’m very proud, a lot of hard work, planning and preparation, and a lot of application and desire from the players has gone into us going into the record books.

“I think the players can be very proud of that.

“I still remember the first day that I walked into Meadow Lane and the first couple of days, hours, minutes felt lonely.

“The touchline felt like the only sanctuary that I had some support but right from day one people were coming on board with what we’re trying to create at the football club, a process of whereby we’re all involved in being successful.

“That willingness and desire to be successful is growing with the momentum from performances like that.” 

The Dons had not dropped a point or even conceded a goal on home soil prior to the Magpies’ visit, but Curle was not intimidated and fielded an attacking line-up. 

“We knew that we had to come and compete, we had to stop them from playing,” he continued. 

“The message we sent out to the players was to stop them from playing but then we go and play. 

“I think the players enjoyed that and reveled in the fact that they knew what their roles and responsibilities were.

“They knew which man they had to mark and lock on to but they knew that they still had that freedom in their play.

“We had good possession of the ball – go and play, go and express yourselves and go and enjoy yourself.

“It’s not happening by coincidence, I’m lucky that I’ve got two fantastic coaches in Colin Lee and Colin West, and Chris Kiwomya as well, the development manager.

“They’ve all played their part in the planning, the organisation and preparation that goes into a detailed performance.

“You bear the fruits from that with the results that we’re getting.”

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