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Cobblers boss on the developing bonds between the squad and the supporters

16 December 2019

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle says the relationship between the players, the supporters and himself is continuing to build.

Curle highlighted an example from Saturday's game that he felt illustrated how the bond, the support and the trust is growing.

"We had a game here against Macclesfield Town last season where, when we had a corner, Macclesfield left four players up and we decided to only leave two back against them," he said.

"When that happened, there were shouts from the supporters for us to drag more players back but we stuck to our guns and did what we felt was right.

"On Saturday, Forest Green did the same, and again we didn't get drawn in to responding, but this time there wasn't any sort of reaction from the crowd. They have learned to trust us and they now know that we know what we are doing.

"If teams want to leave 3 or 4 players up for our corner, that's great. We are attacking and with the quality of delivery we have, and the power and presence we have in the area, if teams want to give us that space in the area we will take that. We back ourselves in that situation and we scored from a corner on Saturday by putting the ball into some of the space that was created.

"There's a belief and a noise from the stands and I think that's helping to inspire the players. It gives them that extra yard and extra belief and that's fantastic.

"The supporters are now developing a bond with the players and that's vital at a football club because you want to be recognised and you want that association and you want to be praised from fans and we're getting that now.

"My relationship with the supporters is building and I'm building that trust."

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