Curle stands by changes
Keith Curle felt his decision to make five changes for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2-1 win at Scunthorpe was justified.
The Magpies were winners in the competition for the first time in 11 years. After Mark Duffy had fired Scunthorpe into an early lead, County hit back with an equaliser just before half-time from Enoch Showunmi and then snatched a winner after 58 minutes through Carl Regan. "It was no disrespect to this competition - I want to win everything," said Curle when asked about the changes. "It was just an opportunity for me to have a look at some of the other players in the squad. It was also an opportunity for them to show me that they are buying in to the way we are trying to play here. "We want to play attacking football. I picked a side that I thought would be competitive. We did look a little disjointed in the opening 15 minutes but then we grew in confidence and belief - and our fitness levels were fantastic." Curle had praise for striker Showunmi, adding: "You can see that at his best he can be a handful for any defence. At the moment he is working hard trying to get up his fitness levels."