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Bart Sees Benefits Of Shuffle

29 November 2013

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has every faith that the recent shuffle of the pack will see Notts County reap the rewards.

Gary Liddle, who was an ever-present at the heart of defence last term, moved in to midfield to great effect as the Magpies earned a valuable point against high-flying Bradford City in midweek. 

This allowed skipper Dean Leacock to return from a two-game suspension at the heart of defence alongside Manny Smith and the duo looked solid against one of Sky Bet League 1's best attack forces. 

Bialkowski believes that the changes can be beneficial to the overall group effort and is confident that the team can establish a strong spine during a run of important fixtures, starting with Brentford at Meadow Lane this Saturday (3pm kick-off). 

He told Magpie Player: “Every time Manny has played, he has been top draw so he’s been unlucky but he’s now playing and he’s been solid as ever.  

“I’m really happy with my back four and Lidds as well playing as a midfielder and getting his first goal for the club – probably his first career goal as well! 

“He’s a footballer, he can play, so he’s offering a bit more when he’s playing as a midfielder.

“You could see that on Tuesday, he scored a goal, his passing rate was decent and he was always available for a pass.”

He continued: “We’re defending as a whole team now, starting with the strikers.

“They’re working so hard when we haven’t got the ball and everyone is doing their defensive work as well. 

“If we lose the ball, the best way to win the ball is straight away and the higher up we win the ball the better it is for me.”

Notts take on Brentford at Meadow Lane this weekend. For full ticket details, click here. 

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