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Team Effort, On And Off The Pitch

20 January 2013

Keith Curle was proud with how his team overcame the odds to claim a draw against Sheffield United.

Curle had been deeply disappointed with the manner in which forward Francois Zoko had been sent off in the first half. 

The Ivorian was shown a red card for dissent, which the manager described as ‘unacceptable’. 

Even though the Blades had an extra man, Notts were able to fight back and Alan Judge’s 80th late header cancelled out Harry Maguire’s second minute finish. 

Curle was proud of his team's commitment and with the way that they adapted to a new 3-4-3 formation. 

“We decided that we were going to go with a different shape and try to play a different style of football,” he said. 

“The one thing that we didn’t think about was the stupidity of a needless sending off for opening your mouth and showing dissent to a linesman and the referee.

“That’s unacceptable and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

“It could have cost us, then on the plus side, did we change our principles? No. Did we have a foothold in the game? Yes. Did we cause them a lot of problems? I think we did.

“I think we had nine shots in the first half and, just think if we hadn’t got a man sent off when we did, because I thought that we were the team in the ascendency.”

He added: “We know that we played well, even with 10 men, we tried to get the ball in the right areas.

“We were a little bit lacking up front at times but that’s because we were a man down.

“With another body up front, we could have caused them even more problems.”

Curle paid tribute to everyone that worked to get the game on in the first place.

Snow had covered the pitch but thanks to the hard work of club staff, volunteers, and youth team players and coaches, the fixture went ahead as planned.

“It’s been incredible, the amount of work that it took to get the game on,” he said. 

“It was a coming together of the football club, everybody was hands on to make sure that the game was playable.

“The youth team, the staff, Aileen [Trew] was out here doing her bit, and even Jim Rodwell, the chief exec, came out and had a look. 

“You get that feeling of a club coming together off the pitch as well, everybody did a fantastic job.

“Even the youth team, there was no moaning, no groaning, they enjoyed it, because they felt part of it.

“Sometimes it’s easy being a player, manager or coach, because automatically you’re part of it, but this was a day where everybody at Notts County came together and got the game on and it was a fantastic effort by everybody concerned.”

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