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The Cobblers boss says the next period of the season is very important

19 February 2019

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle has made clear the challenge for the players between now and the end of the season.

“We’ve had a very good look at the squad and now as we enter the final stage of the season it’s a last chance for them to impress if they want to stay on the journey with us,” he said.

“The players are in a team environment but ultimately they are self employed and how well they do as individuals within the team will have a bearing on where there career goes and where their fortunes lie.

“The players know that they need to be performing to either earn a new contract here or to get themselves set up elsewhere.

“The squad is one that has been put together by two previous regimes and we are now just creating a mentality that wasn’t here before. The club have lost far too many games over the last two years and we need to change that habit and that mentality and that takes time and confidence. That is a gradual process, the first change is to become hard to beat and then, as we gain confidence and belief, we become a team who win more and more games.

"No one is happy not winning, but we need to look at where we started, where we are and where we want to get to and you need to go through a process to do that, and that process is one we are making progress with.

"When I look at the last 23 games we have won more often and lost less often than we did in the first 10 games of the season. We are harder to beat and of course we need to do more in the creative areas of the pitch but we are heading the right way."

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