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The Cobblers boss on Saturday's draw at Port Vale

10 August 2019

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle praised the reaction of his team to going a goal behind as he reflected on Saturday's draw at Port Vale.

"It was a well earned point and we showed a good reaction to going behind," he said.

"We believe in the way we defend corners but we are frustrated with the goal we conceded today. We have worked on it and worked on it but sometimes players change their mentality during games for what they believe to be the right reasons but it doesn't always work like that and we will spend even more time on the training ground working on that issue.

"It is a learning curve for the new players who have come in. Defending this way has worked well for us in the past, now we are being tested and it is down to us to sort that out, take on the new demands and move forward.

"The player allocated to go and head that ball away had move slightly deeper because the previous corner went to the back post so they thought they would go and help a team mate out but while that decision was made for the right reason, it was a wrong decision but that decision making will improve with time. We are learning all the time and we will learn to trust each other to do our own jobs.

"The reaction to going behind was good. We need to sometimes play with more conviction, to be a little braver and to get bodies in the box on a more regular basis because we do have goals in us.

"For our goal, we identified the player marking Ryan Watson and we thought that would give us an opportunity and so it proved. Ryan showed a great understanding of where he needed to be and he finished it well.

"I thought our work ethic was good and we had good spells either side of half time. We still have more in us, we still have another yard and I want some of the boys to come out of their shell a little more.

"We had more fluidity in our play than last week and that is good, we need more work on the training ground but we will get better.

"Steve Arnold will have a scan but we think it is a hamstring injury. He has made a block and has then gone to stand up and felt it go. The selection today was a reflection of the challenge that both keepers have taken on. There has been very good competition and they are driving each other on and I wanted to give Steve his chance as soon as possible.

"David Cornell was disappointed with the decision but he understood and he reacted really well. He was very supportive of Steve and he made good saves when he came on and was very professional."

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