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Spirit, Character And Determination

16 September 2012

Manager proud of his team after they gained a draw, despite playing over an hour with 10 men...

Keith Curle believes that The Notts County squad fully deserved their place in the record books.

On Saturday, Notts dug deep to claim a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic and made it 10 league matches without defeat.

The Magpies played more than an hour with 10 men at Boundary Park and could have taken maximum points after twice taking the lead.

Curle could not praise his team highly enough at the final whistle and took great pride in matching a run set by Jimmy Sirrel's County more than 40 years ago.

In a post-match interview on Magpie Player, he said: "I'm very proud for the football club and I'm very proud to be in charge of the football club.

"I'm very proud to be in charge of this particular changing room at this particular time because I think there's a lot of honesty and a lot of good players."

He continued: "I'm proud of the changing room because I think that result was born out of the spirit, character, the determination, the willingness and professionalism of the players to get a result. 

"The easy thing now is to talk about referees but I'm not going to do it, there's too much hard work, too much endeavour and too much honesty that went on to be be spoilt by talking about a refereeing decision.

"I thought we still played and scored two goals at a difficult place to come away from home, which was excellent.

"We did a lot of work at half time getting the players to believe that it wasnt just about us defending but that we could still be a threat

"We identified certain areas and we knew that we could get their centre backs playground further apart and that would create opportunities between them for either Neal Bishop, Alan Judge or Joss Labadie.

"There's a work ethic in place that is second to none and we need it in this division."

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