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Cobblers boss happy with Watson and McCormack time on the field

25 November 2019

The result aside, Northampton Town manager Keith Curle took two other huge positives out of Saturday's 2-0 win over Grimsby Town, and both involved midfield players.

The first was the return of Ryan Watson. Watson returned to the matchday squad for the first time since breaking his collarbone at the start of September and came on as a substitute, playing the final 18 minutes.

"It was great having Ryan back and I thought he slotted straight in," said the Cobblers boss.

"With the injury he has had, he has been able to do a lot of the physical work which has helped him return in good shape, although it is only in the last week or two he has resumed full contact training.

"With a busy week and a busy month coming up, we will need every player in the squad and it is great to have Ryan back."

Curle was also pleased to see Alan McCormack complete 90 minutes for the first time in a Cobblers shirt.

"Alan is obviously an important player for us and we have been following a careful return to playing protocol for him after he was injured against Walsall," he said.

"We have been gradually building his minutes up and he got through 90 minutes on Saturday. He was looking fit and strong and he turned in another excellent performance."

To cpomplete a very positive afternoon for the engine room, Chris Lines was voted the supporters man of the match in the club's Twitter poll.

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