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Kewell: Confidence is growing

Gaffer says belief is increasing after back-to-back draws

22 September 2018

Harry Kewell says his side’s confidence is on the up after picking up a point at Northampton Town on Saturday.

The 0-0 draw saw Notts keep a first clean sheet since the opening game of the season and follows the point at home to Stevenage last week.

And manager Kewell says they have got what they wanted out of both matches which is a boost for the players.

“Their confidence is growing,” he said. “We wanted a point from the game last week and the same again today and that lifts us up one position in the table which is a forward step. Now we look to build momentum.

“Against Stevenage we proved we can score goals and today we showed signs of being compact and hard to beat, so now we can start building.

“We’ve planted the seed and now we’re watering it but it doesn’t shoot up straight away – you have to nurture it and make sure the players are in the right mindset.”

The gaffer feels Ross Fitzsimons will be boosted by keeping his second clean sheet of the year.

“He works hard every day and his performance this afternoon was positive," Kewell added.

“He was brave and showed a lot of character today because there are some man mountains in Northampton’s team who were challenging him for crosses.

“Ross has made one or two mistakes this season but we all know what an excellent goalkeeper he is and now he needs to build on that with our support.”

Kewell thinks his side aren’t too far away from picking up a first win of the season and felt Notts looked the more likely at the PTS Academy Stadium.

“I felt we had the better opportunities today,” he said. “It was a day when the winning goal was going to be a scrappy one and we made more scrappy chances than them.

“I don’t think a win is too far away now. We knew it was going to be a tough game today so we are happy to take a point.”

“We’re in a position where we have to fight for everything and take anything we can until we claw ourselves further up the table.”

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