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Post match reaction

2 November 2019

Cobblers boss Keith Curle had mixed feelings as he reflected on Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Oldham, Matt Warburton and Andy Williams giving the Cobblers a two-goal lead before Oldham struck back with two goals in the last five minutes.

“The players are disappointed and there is a genuine frustration in the changing room because we want to win games, we want to kick on and we want to operate in the top seven,” he said.

“There is lots we can take from the game and there were certain elements that were pleasing. We started well and the game plan Worked but in the second half the basics again weren’t in place.

“We allowed Oldham to put hopeful balls forward and we needed to retain possession better. We didn’t move the ball with tempo in the right areas and we didn’t look for that forward pass. We took too many chances and there were too many wrong decisions on the ball.

“Their second goal was somewhat fortunate with a big deflection but we have to take that and for me it’s the first goal we conceded which was disappointing.

“Alan McCormack, if given the choice, would play 90 minutes in every game but we need to manage him. I need to make sure we don't lose him for six weeks, particularly when we have a whole number of midfield players out already. Sometimes he’s not going to like it but I need him available for as many games as possible.”

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