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Notts County Provided Wake Up Call

8 February 2013

Steve says opening day defeat showed his players that they had to improve to compete in League One

Steve Davis has admitted that tomorrow’s opponents Notts County gave his young side the perfect wake-up call when they eventually ended our 20-game unbeaten run on the opening day of the season. The Railwaymen were beaten 2-1 at Gresty Road after the then manager Keith Curle inspired a clinical and professional performance from his County side.

Davis says that the toughness of that opening fixture showed his players exactly what League One football was going to be like this season.

Steve told the club’s official web-site: “We lost our long unbeaten run to Notts County on the opening day of the season and I think it provided our players with the wake-up call they needed.   It was a really tough game against a very good side and it showed what this league is all about.

“Since that game we have learnt a few things and have certainly improved. We knew it wouldn’t be about us failing because of our physical shape or skill, but more a mental thing. It was important that the players had that belief that they could compete at this level.

“That have to step up and they have proven that they can. After the season they had previously, Notts County would have expected to have been in the top six against and that is probably why Keith has gone.

“With the budget he had to spend, the owners would have expected to have been challenging for promotion and with that comes a different type of pressure. They are in that chasing pack like us and they will know that two or three wins could put them right in the mix again. It is a similar situation to ours and we will be striving to do that. It certainly won’t be due to a lack of effort.” 

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