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Cobblers boss praises players after they secure a point at Mansfield on Saturday

22 December 2019

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle praised the character and determination of his team as he looked back on Saturday's 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town.

"We knew Mansfield would be tough opposition," he said.

"They have clearly been lifted by the arrival of a new manager and it was a tricky game for us away from home.

"No points are just handed out in League 2, you have to earn them and I know what a difficult place Mansfield can be to go to when they are at it, and they were on Saturday.

"Had we got ahead then Mansfield might have got the jitters and that might have changed the course of the game. We had some chances to score in the first half, including when Sam Hoskins hit the bar inside the first 20 seconds but it wasn't to be.

"We had the best chances of the first half, Mansfield had the best chances of the second half but we showed our character and determination to score late and take something from the game.

"It was a really competitive game and the scoreline shows that.

"We will look at the goal we conceded, there were plenty of things that we could have done to stop the goal and that is something we will take on board.

"Nicky Adams is always a threat and he showed that again on Saturday when he added another assist for Harry Smith.

"Alan McCormack came off after around an hour or so but he is fine. We only planned to give him an hour because he has had limited training time over the last couple of weeks. I know what we can get out of Alan, and we need him on the teamsheet as often as possible. If that means gradually building his game time back up, that is what we will do."

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