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Fitzsimons: Crossley style suits me

Keeper pays tribute to coach

22 October 2017

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Notts County goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons believes he has improved 'hugely' under the tutelage of Mark Crossley.

The keeper arrived at Meadow Lane this summer after departing National League side Chelmsford City.

And, having been given his chance in the first team recently, Fitzsimons believes he is developing well under Crossley's guidance.

"I don't think we could ask for a better keeper coach," said Fitzsimons. "He's played in the biggest games. When coaching tips come from him, it sinks in.

"Every goalkeeping coach has their own style, but he suits my personality down to the ground. He's chilled and gets his message across quickly and effectively. He's been a massive part of my development since coming here.

"The four of us [Crossley, Collin and Pindroch] are always working together and analysing things – right down to the nitty gritty stuff. That's important for all of us and drives us on."

Mark Crossley is a big part of Kevin Nolan's coaching set-up

Fitzsimons produced a number of strong saves to keep Notts in the match in the 1-1 draw at Carlisle United yesterday.

And the keeper is happy with his performances after stepping in for the injured Adam Collin.

"It can happen to any one of us," he said. "That's why we've got three top goalkeepers.

"With us up near the top, it was important for me to slot straight in. That's the nature of the beast. You could be out for six months but, straightaway, it can come thick and fast. It's important to be mentally and physically ready.

"I'm delighted with how I've been playing, and with a point [against Carlisle]. I don't think teams will take a lot of points there so to come away with a draw was brilliant after Tuesday."

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