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Nine out of nine

'Target met', says Kewell

6 October 2018

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Harry Kewell was delighted to meet his target for the week following Saturday’s victory at Macclesfield Town.

The 1-0 win followed successes against Crewe Alexandra and Crawley Town, making it nine points from a possible nine over the last seven days for Notts.

And manager Kewell says that was the aim heading into a busy week of action.

“Nine points was the target so I’m very happy we have met it,” he said.

“It was an important week because I felt they were three games that we could win but we knew they’d be tough.

“The players have worked hard since we came in and over the last seven days we have started to see the benefits.”

The win against Macclesfield was not one for the purists, but the Australian was impressed with the work ethic of his players.

“It wasn’t a pretty game and I’ll be the first to admit that,” said Kewell. “We knew coming here would be tough and we had to dig in, defend well and wait for that bit of magic.

“You have to win ugly in any league by doing the hard things first and that is where the goal came from.

“Things don’t go well every match but you can run, put pressure on an opponent and work hard for the team.

"Today’s result is probably the best we have had.”

Enzio Boldewijn did exactly that to win the decisive spot-kick which Jon Stead converted, and Kewell was pleased with both of their roles in the winning goal.

He added: “Enzio summed up what I expect to see – he gave the ball away but chased after it, caught the defender off guard and drew the foul.

“Stead looks confident and he executed the penalty perfectly."

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