Notts County boss Keith Curle admitted Lee Hughes had changed his mentality since asking for a move as he hit the winner a 3-2 win over Shrewsbury
Hughes climbed from the bench to send the Magpies top of the table after a thoroughly entertaining clash. Francois Zoko gave the hosts the lead before two goals in a minute - Matt Richards' penalty and a stunning individual strike from Jermaine Grandison - put the Shrews ahead. But Jeff Hughes levelled the scores and namesake Lee clinched all three points.
Curle said: "I've had a conversation with Lee. He knows sometimes he will start and sometimes he is going to be an impact player.
"Lee wanted to leave (in the summer). He wasn't happy as he didn't see himself fitting in to the way I wanted to play football with a lone striker being joined by two or three more. But now he has had a change of mentality and at 36 he is learning a new trade and applying his trade to a different system and he is reaping the rewards of changing his mentality."
Curle was happy to see his young side sitting on top of npower League One after overcoming a tough challenge from promoted Shrewsbury.
He added: "There was good resilience after going 2-1 down and the crowd stayed with us which was very important. Being top of the league will add a different type of pressure and being a young team we will now see if they can handle that."
Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner was upset that his side had contributed to their own downfall through poor defending.
He said: "I feel disappointed to leave with nothing, particularly because of the manner of the goals we have conceded. I thought Notts County were a very good side - the best we have played so far with movement and passing and we were having problems with them early in the game.
"We changed it at half-time and although we were always going to have a bit of pressure on us in the second half I always thought we were dangerous on the break.
"It is criminal to concede a winner away from home five minutes before the end but when you examine the goals we've played a massive part in our downfall. Each of the goals were poor - you can't defend like we've done and be so naive. We will have a look at it and examine it and make sure it doesn't happen again."
- Lee Hughes
- Keith Curle