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League One

Curle left to rue missed chances

11 November 2012

Notts County manager Keith Curle was happy his side ended a recent losing streak at home but felt the Magpies merited all three points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Crawley at Meadow Lane.

Skipper Neal Bishop put the hosts ahead in the 12th minute after fantastic play by Jamal Campbell-Ryce before Jonathan Forte equalised just before half-time to give the visitors a point.

"It's a game we could have won," said Curle, whose team have not won at home for six matches. "The first thing I do is look at the opportunities we've created and I thought we created chances but didn't quite have the cutting edge to put the ball in the back of the net.

"I was pleased with the level of performance though. We had a lot of fluidity in our play which was good as some of the players could have been a bit nervous with four defeats behind us at home, but we went out there with a positive frame of mind.

"We are disappointed with the goal we conceded and the timing of it. We've got to learn to close games out as in the last minute of the half you've got to stop the ball coming in to the box and we didn't do that."

The home fans were left seething with the performance of referee Andy Haines who only gave two fouls against Crawley in the whole match, but Curle would not be drawn on his display.

He said: "I'm lucky enough that I get the ability to rate his performance on paper - myself and the secretary do it on a Monday morning in the cold light of day after we've reviewed the game."

Crawley manager Richie Barker admitted his side rode their luck at times in a difficult afternoon at their fellow promotion contenders.

He said: "I'm pleased with the character we showed. I'm a bit disappointed as I think we showed them a bit too much respect, especially at the start of the first half. We rode our luck in 10-minute spells in the first half and the second half when they missed chances but we created some chances as well.

"I'm also a bit disappointed with our defending from crosses. I thought they had two pretty good chances with headers which we have to have a look at and have a think about."

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