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Kiwomya happy with 'horrible' win

3 March 2013

Notts County manager Chris Kiwomya hailed a vital three points in their play-off push after his team were fortunate to win 1-0 against a Carlisle.

The home side scored with their only shot on target - a fantastic finish by the hard-working Alan Judge in the first half - to close the gap on the top six.

However, County were grateful to a stunning display by keeper Bartosz Bialkowski who pulled off a string of terrific saves to deny Carlisle.

Kiwomya said: "Draws are no good to us anymore if we want to get to the top six. We've played better at Stevenage and lost and at Tranmere on Tuesday and only drew but that happens in football. They came with a game plan and pressed us high. At half-time we said they are pressing us high and we are going to have to play a bit longer and a bit quicker.

"I said to them these are the games that are the horrible games where we have to grind out the result. We can't play well all the time so if we cannot play well and still get victories that has got to be good.

"At this stage of the season and when the pitch is not great, you've got to play the pitch sometimes. I'm not going to criticise the players as some of them are tired and you could see that at times."

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott felt his side could not do much more after they were denied by a man-of-the-match performance by Bialkowski.

He said: "We asked for a performance and we got one. It was a terrific performance and I've got absolutely no qualms about that. The way they battled, the way they competed and the way they played football on a cabbage patch was absolutely terrific.

"We just couldn't beat their man of the match, the goalkeeper, but that happens in football and we've got to be big enough and ugly enough to take it.

"We've lost the game to an inspired goalkeeper and because we've not had the luck around the goal. You can't be too critical and I won't be."

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