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A pleasing clean sheet

Keeper assesses Vale stalemate

2 March 2019

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Ryan Schofield was pleased with his display between the sticks during Notts County’s draw with Port Vale on Saturday.

The goalkeeper pulled off some fine saves to earn his second clean sheet for the club as the Magpies claimed another point in their battle for survival.

And Schofield was happy with his day’s work at Meadow Lane.

“I back myself on my shot stopping and proved that to an extent today,” said the 19-year-old.

“I didn’t think I was particularly busy but I made two pretty good saves and was pleased with what I did.

“You’re never a perfect goalkeeper, though. I want to improve overall and, even though I think I’m a good shot stopper, I want to work on that and be the best goalkeeper I can be.”

Schofield appreciated the efforts of the players in front of him as Notts battled to keep a physical Vale side at bay.

“The boys dug in and gave everything they had,” said the keeper. “In that kind of game, the most important thing is not to lose.

“I didn’t feel I had too much to do because the lads in front of me did well to help us keep a clean sheet. If we do that every week, it’s a solid base and all we’ll need is one goal.

“We just have to focus on ourselves and doing our best because if we show that attitude every week, we’ll be fine.”

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