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Softly-softly working for Curle

19 September 2012

Notts County boss Keith Curle was brimming with pride after his side set a new club record of 11 away games without defeat in their 1-1 draw at MK Dons.

Dons substitute Jay O'Shea curled in an exquisite 68th minute strike to cancel out Neal Bishop's long-range opener, but it was not enough to prevent County's landmark day.

Curle said: "I'm very proud, not just as an individual but I'm very proud to be in charge of the players that have come together to achieve this.

"From day one when I walked in there was a very fragile situation at the football club, but I believe there is a process in place with myself, the backroom staff, the players and everybody at the football club to start pulling in the same direction.

"It's my first job since I've had a change of policy in how I want to be perceived, not only by people in the football club, but also within the game.

"When I first went into it I went into it with a player's mentality that I thought I was invincible, but now I don't have knee-jerk reactions and I'm not as volatile as I was as a fledgling manager. We've got a very relaxed environment here, but not sloppy.

"The message to the players before the game was that we have to stop them from playing and then go and play - I thought we did that."

Dons boss Karl Robinson added: "We had a gameplan. It nullified some of their strengths and we looked comfortable but didn't have a cutting edge.

"I'm not happy with a point. I thought Jay O'Shea and Alan Smith made an impact when they came on and Jon Otsemobor was really good for large parts.

"We've got good players on the bench, they feel they should be playing so they need to go on and prove a point - and they did that. But it's frustrating that we couldn't go on and win it."

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