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Curle hails 'Championship' duo

23 September 2012

Notts County manager Keith Curle praised the performances of Yoann Arquin and Alan Judge as his side overcame struggling Portsmouth 3-0.

Midfield maestro Judge was at the heart of everything the home side created and had a hand in all three County goals. Arquin struck after just five minutes to put County ahead, before a terrific 30-yard shot from Judge and another Arquin strike sealed the three points.

County boss Curle admitted his star man Judge is a championship player after a scintillating individual performance, saying: "He knows how to hurt the opposition and plays one and two touch football and I honestly believe he is a Championship footballer."

He added: "Yoann was great as well. We are trying to take that frustration out of his mentality as he is a player that if things don't go well he can be reactive. We are trying to curb that and it's coming to fruition. I also believe he is a Championship player."

As County continue to pile pressure on the leaders, Curle admitted the club is an enjoyable place to go to work right now.

He said: "The players are playing with a lot of belief, a lot of passion and a lot of desire. The players are enjoying themselves.

"There's a togetherness at the football club that's born out the higher we go in the league. But it's not only the results, which of course are important, but there is a lot of passion and determination within the changing room to be successful."

Pompey manager Michael Appleton was disappointed with the timing of the goals his side conceded at the end of a week overshadowed by personal sadness.

"The timing of the goals hurt us in a big way. Conceding in the first five minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half means you are climbing a big, big mountain," he said.

"It's been a tough few days. My assistant Ashley Westwood lost his father in the early hours of Friday morning, who was also a good friend of mine, so it doesn't get any worse than it has been over the last couple of days to be honest with you."

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