Iwelumo is another piece of the Notts County promotion 'jigsaw'
NOTTS County boss Keith Curle raved about Chris Iwelumo's debut for Notts County, saying: "We've found another piece of our promotion jigsaw."
Iwelumo started in the Magpies attack against Swindon Town, less than 48 hours after moving to Meadow Lane on loan from Watford, and he setup Alan Judge to net the winning goal and also went close to scoring in a 1-0 victory.
Iwelumo only trained with his new team-mates once before the game and he headed Alan Sheehan's long ball forward to Judge and the Irish midfielder thundered a shot past Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham from 25 yards on 27 minutes.
The Scotland international was then denied by a wonder save from Foderingham on 51 minutes, after heading Judge's right-wing cross at goal from close range.
"He (Iwelumo) did what he does best," said Curle.
"He was the focal point of our attack, a platform for other people to play off.
"He gave us a new dimension as well.
"He played a big part in the goal, by winning the first ball. It dropped to Alan and it was a fantastic finish.
"He came very close to scoring as well. It was a great save from their goalkeeper.
"We might have just found another piece of the jigsaw in our quest to be successful this season."
Curle also heaped praise on his No.1 goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, after he made a string of great saves to deny the Robins.
His best save came in the second half as defender Darren Ward powered a header at goal from point-blank range from a corner and he made a brilliant block.
"The conditions were dangerous for goalkeepers so he had to make sure he got behind the ball and made the right decisions at the time, when to punch, when to gather," added Curle.
"Bartosz was brilliant and so was the rest of the team.
"It showed the best of us. If teams let us play, we'll play, if teams want to make us defend we will defend as a unit.
"We're undefeated in six games now – so that's the start of a run," added Curle.
"We've had a couple of draws in there, but it's easier to turn draws into wins than it is defeats."