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Richard Duffy happy to be competing at the top

15 September 2017

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Richard Duffy is relishing life at the right end of the League Two table following Notts' strong start to the 2017-18 season.

Notts travel to Crawley this weekend looking to cement their place in the top three of the Sky Bet League Two table.

And Duffy is pleased with the Magpies' start, having gone unbeaten since the opening day defeat at Coventry.

"I've really enjoyed it," he said. "The results make it a lot better. The first day of the season was disappointing and we were way off the mark but we have bounced back really well since then and shown what we can really do.

"We're solid, compact and do everything as a team. There are no individuals out there and the work we are doing on the training ground is paying off.

"The manager has instilled the solidity, work ethic and togetherness which has carried over into this season and was added to by the extra quality brought in during the summer.

"The work the manager and his staff do off the pitch to give us information before games is quite incredible really. There is no stone left unturned going into matches."

Duffy celebrates after scoring in Notts' 4-2 win at Wycombe

The former Welsh international is buoyed by the amount of clean sheets Notts have registered so far this season, echoing the sentiments of his manager.

"Four clean sheets from seven league games says it all for the team, but particularly the defence," he said. "That's what we pride ourselves on.

"We'll take a win any way it comes but keeping clean sheets gives you the extra feeling that you have done your job well."

While some may look at Notts and Crawley's league positions and dismiss it as a straightforward away win, the 32-year-old knows better and is expecting a stern test against Harry Kewell's side.

"They have had an indifferent start to the season but have picked up a few wins in recent weeks. It will be another tough game," he said.

"We'll be going down to put in another solid performance and hopefully come away with some points."

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