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Curle hails County's 'number one'

9 December 2012

Notts County manager Keith Curle hailed goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski after seeing his side extend their unbeaten away record to 21 games with a 0-0 draw at Yeovil.

The away-day specialists survived a second-half barrage at Huish Park to earn a point in their npower League One play-off charge.

"I think it was probably his best display for Notts County," said Curle of Bialkowski. "There were a lot of heads turned when Stuart Nelson was released last season, but I did it because I wanted to bring in a number one goalkeeper and I didn't think it would be right for him to be a number two.

"We parted on good terms because he knew the potential Bartosz had, and now I think he really is growing into a number one."

Curle continued: "We needed to be resolute in our defending and it was difficult conditions to play in. The pitch was cutting up badly and there were bobbles all over the place.

"I think we adapted well to that, but had to get the ball forward quicker than we normally do because of the conditions. We defended well and had a good tempo to our play, but found it a little difficult with our fluidity. I think the conditions probably suited them a little more.

"This could be a massive point for us, so now we'll regroup and start planning for the game with Rotherham on Tuesday."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson believed his side were denied a goal by referee Andrew Madley after Dan Burn's second-half header was adjudged to have not crossed the line.

He said: "I think there was a header where their goalkeeper saved it off the line. We will have to look at the video because we genuinely felt it was over.

"We knew they are an experienced side and have players who show a lot of passion, and we had to match that. It was a great game for a 0-0, and made for a good atmosphere. It felt like a Championship match."

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