No panic for Curle after cup exit

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Keith Curle admits his new Notts County recruits will take time to gel after Capital One Cup exit
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Keith Curle admits his new Notts County recruits will take time to gel after Capital One Cup exit

Notts County manager Keith Curle said there would not be a 'knee-jerk' reaction after a shock 1-0 defeat to Bradford City in Capital One Cup.

County looked far from ready for the start of their league campaign as a stunning strike from Bradford's James Hanson in extra-time sent the Bantams through to the second round.

But County manager Curle was quick to play down the disappointment of his side's exit and with seven players making their debut he admitted it would take time for them to gel.

He said: "I can accept a great finish from their lad. With a cup competition you're always thinking if they get one chance they might take it and that's what happened.

"I'm well aware of the fact that we've brought in a lot of new players and it's going to take a bit of time for them to gel. There won't be a knee-jerk reaction. We do need one or two to bolster the squad so that we are happy with the squad we've got.

"Emmanuele Smith has gone straight to hospital for a scan on his knee. They were unable to assess it as he went into a bit of shock and his body went into spasm so the physio couldn't assess him on the pitch and so they were just trying to calm him down."

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson was hugely impressed with his side's opening day performance. He said: "It was a tough game - Notts County are a good side and have a good squad this season and I thought the lads stuck to the jobs we asked them to do very well and we always looked dangerous going forward.

"Matt Duke was terrific today. He made some important saves, particularly just before the break when we were really just waiting for the half to end. But I thought the whole back four were excellent and when we went forward the attacking players really threatened every time.

"Ideally you would want the game to be done inside the 90 minutes but the main positive to take from the game today was how fit the boys looked which showed pre-season has gone well.

"It's always good to win and winning the first game of the season is massive. Getting out of this league is the main aim this season but winning breeds confidence whatever the competition and understanding what it takes to win can only help going forward."

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