Curle hails backroom team

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Notts County manager Keith Curle praised his backroom staff following his side's 3-0 win at Leyton Orient which left them two points and one place outside the play-off zone in npower League One.

Goals by Damion Stewart, Jeff Hughes and Lloyd Sam maintained the visitors' hopes of an extended season.

"A lot of credit goes, not only to the players but to the coaching staff, Colin Lee, Chris Kiwomya, Colin West and Kevin Pilkington, who spent a lot of time planning ahead of the game," he said.

Magpies goalkeeper Stuart Nelson had pulled off a string of first-half saves to keep County on level terms at the break - a fact that Curle readily acknowledged. "Credit goes to Stuart, he kept us in the game with a fantastic performance," he said.

"Now we've got a big challenge on Monday when we play Yeovil. It's a massive game. If you are a Notts County fan, you've got to want to be at Meadow Lane. We've started another little wave, so come and get on board and see where it takes us."

Os boss Russell Slade saw his side suffer their 11th home defeat of the campaign, which leaves them hovering just four points above the drop zone.

Orient were down to 10 men when they conceded the first goal after midfielder Smith had been forced off after a clash with Stewart. "It looked like a karate kick on the edge of the box," Slade said.

"It wasn't a penalty it was just outside the box. But he has taken his head off and he's suffering from concussion and a cut, so that was disappointing. We lost Jimmy and then moments later with 10 players on the pitch they have scored the first goal.

"As crazy as it sounds, even at 2-0 down I thought we were still in it and I knew there would be some extra minutes in there and if we could just get one we might be able to pull it around.

"There is always pressure on players but it's how you handle that pressure. We went out there; there didn't seem a lack of confidence. It was just one of those. It's not a 3-0, it's just ridiculous, but that's the scoreline, you have to take that on the chin. We have to move on and we have to be positive for the next game."

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