Notts County will be fired up for Portsmouth, says boss Keith Curle
NOTTS County will be fired up for Portsmouth, says boss Keith Curle.
The Magpies face Pompey at Fratton Park tonight (7.45pm), just three days after they lost away for the first time in 11 months.
And Curle knows his players will bust a gut to win on the south coast, after a bit of a bust-up in the away dressing-room following their 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient.
"They will pick themselves up and we will be organised and determined," he said.
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"I left the players for five minutes after the (Orient) game and I could hear they were upset with each other.
"I don't mind players falling out with each other."
The trip to Portsmouth is the second of four away games in a row.
They face another long trip to Hartlepool United on Saturday and then play Stevenage in a rearranged game at Broadhall Way next Tuesday night.
"A lot of people will say the games haven't fallen well for us, having to travel up and down the country, but I know we will be well supported and the players will be up for it," added Curle.
The Magpies will be boosted by the return of forward Francois Zoko, who has missed their last two games through suspension following his red card in the home draw with Sheffield United.
The Ivorian could be thrown straight back into their attack, after leading-scorer Yoann Arquin drew a blank for the 12th league game on the trot and Enoch Showunmi failed to build on his first goal for the club at Orient.
"We had Yoann and Enoch and they will be disappointed in themselves," said Curle.
"If you create the number of chances that we did you have got to make the goalkeeper work more.
"We just needed that little bit extra in the final-third, which we didn't have.
"We put enough balls in there and made enough entries into the final-third, but we did not work their goalkeeper enough."