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The Cobblers boss ahead of Saturday's game at Port Vale

9 August 2019

Keith Curle said he wants his team to build on the positive parts of last weekend’s narrow loss to Walsall as they prepare to face Port Vale at Vale Park on Saturday.

"Last Saturday was a very frustrating day,” he said.

“I thought we did enough to at least draw and probably win the game. Creating chances is one thing, but taking them is another and although their goalkeeper was probably their man of the match I felt we need to be working opposition goalkeepers even harder.

"There was a lot to be pleased about but there were also elements where we ned to improve. To win a game you need to score goals so to make me happy we need to score goals and win games.

"I thought we looked a threat attacking wise, we created chances, we looked a threat at set plays and defensively we were sound - I think they only really had the header from the set play and one other shot. We created enough chances and half chances but the frustration comes from not putting the ball in the net.

"The sharpness will improve. Saturday was a nervous day, we had so many debutants and the first game of the season always throws up those added nerves and expectations. Some players didn't make the 18 and that doesn't mean they are not in our plans, they have big roles to play and all of that is part of building the dynamics in the group and we will improve and get better."

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