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Curle: More Required In Final Third

27 January 2013

Notts County should have taken at least a point from the Matchroom Stadium on Saturday afternoon, says Keith Curle.

Notts were defeated 2-1 by Leyton Orient but the manager spoke of the need for his side to make better use of the ball in the final third. 

After missing a number of chances, County were punished, as second half goals from David Mooney and Mathieu Baudry put the O’s 2-0 up. 

Jeff Hughes gave the Magpies hope with a late finish but Orient held on for maximum points. 

“I think myself and the away supporters felt the same, there was a mountain to climb but we thought we could climb it,” Curle told the press. 

“Even then (at 2-0 down), we thought we were going to get something out of the game, we scored at the right time with 15 or 20 minutes to go.

“We’ve got that resolve away from home, which we tried showing, but we just needed that little bit extra in the final third.

“We got enough balls in there and made enough entries into the final third, so all of our stats will be up, but we didn’t work their goalkeeper enough.” 

This is the first time that Curle has tasted defeat on the road as Notts’ boss.

The loss ended a club record streak of 22 away games unbeaten, which stretches back to February 2012.

“I don’t like it and I’m ready to start another run on Tuesday night away at Portsmouth,” he continued. 

“Upon reflection, 22 games unbeaten on the road is fantastic – absolutely phenomenal.

“That’s not just the players here now, that’s for the players that came in last season and galvanised us and set us on the way to a fantastic away record.

“It’s something to be very proud of, as a manager, the players and for the supporters that have seen us in those away games.” 

To watch the manager’s full post-match press conference, sign in to Magpie Player.

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