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Cobblers boss says supporters are beginning to understand the characters in the squad

20 September 2019

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle says the bonds between the players and the supporters are growing as the players begin to understand the character of the players.

“The supporters have been massive for us and I think a large element of those supporters are now really starting to see the true personalities and characteristics of the players coming through and why they’ve have been brought here," he said.

“We’ve seen glimpses but now the team collectively is starting to put things together.”

Meanwhile, striker Harry Smith will miss Saturday’s home clash with Crawley Town following his sending off at Stevenage in midweek.

Smith, who came off the bench to score what proved to be the winner before later picking up two yellow cards in quick succession, will serve a one-match ban.

Curle has also provided an injury update on the players currently unavailable for selection.

“Reece Hall-Johnson is back training but he has got one more check-up he needs before he can get the go ahead,” he said.

“Steve Arnold has another check-up early next week and Alan McCormack is still field based training.

“Ryan Watson is progressing but it was quite a fragmented fracture.

“They are on the upward curve but we have a duty of care to the players to make sure they are right when they come back.”

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