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Post match reaction

23 March 2019

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle expressed his disappointment after the Cobblers suffered their first defeat in nine games at Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

The Cobblers, who were without Aaron Pierre and Jordan Turnbull amongst others, lost 3-1 at the Jonny Rocks Stadium to leave Curle frustrated.

"The performance today wasn't us," he said.

"We didn't start the game how we should have and how we expected to, we didn't nullify their threat and I felt too many players made wrong decisions at the wrong times.

"We didn't demand of ourselves and of each other and if we don't do our jobs properly we give a team a two goal headstart and that is what happened.

"This has to be another learning curve for us. We gave a team who are very strong at home a two goal start but when we did get on the front foot we looked more like ourselves but the tempo and urgency wasn't there today and that was disappointing.

"We were missing some players today but we have to be able to cope with that. There is an understanding what needs to be done but we didn't do it and we didn't demand enough of each other.

"We can still make the top seven but there is no room for error. I reckon we need six wins and we will be going all out to get those and see what happens.

"Ryan Hughes deserved his chance. It was a great opportunity for him and he will learn a lot from today playing against two very experienced strikers. He earned his call up with his performances in training, for the youth team and out on loan. I speak a lot with Jon Brady and Kieran Scarff and the pathway through for the young players at the club is open. We have a lot of belief in our young players and we are not afraid to play them."

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