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Stuck To The Guidelines

2 September 2012

Manager impressed with his team's defensive display...

Keith Curle was delighted with the way that his team stood up to Bury in Saturday’s win at Gigg Lane.

A second minute header from Lee Hughes gave Notts the lead and the Shakers did everything they could to draw level.

The Magpies’ defensive armour limited the hosts to very few clear-cut chances and went on to secure three points with the help of Alan Judge’s late strike. 

Curle told Magpie Player: “It helped getting the early goal because then we had something to defend.

“I thought that the back four and the blanket in front of them in the midfield as much as they could protected Bartosz, and Bartosz, as and when needed, did well.

“We had a chat in midweek, because I wasn’t happy about being beat by Walsall, and some clear-cut guidelines were put in place for defending our six, second six-yard box and 18-yard box.

“From a free-kick, you can’t stop the ball going in but you can deal with the ball when it’s in there.

“I thought on the day we grew an inch and had extra determination to make sure the ball did not go over that goal line.

“There’s a unity that’s building and you get it from coming to places like Bury.

“Make no mistake, it is not an easy place to go to, they’ve got a caretaker manager who’s trying to get the job and rightly so.

“You could see the effort and commitment of the players from his team, and they battled right to the end for him and they caused us problems.”  

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