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The Cobblers boss on the challenge of playing behind closed doors if required

22 April 2020

Manager Keith Curle says the current lockdown situation is clearly presenting a challenge, but that the squad are ready to deal with any challenge the circumstances present. The Cobblers boss said he would much rather, if safe to do so, that games happened in front of supporters, but if it has to be behind closed doors in the interests of safety, then so be it.

"No one knows when football will be back and when crowds will be allowed back in," he said.

"We want to finish the season. Behind closed doors is not ideal but if that is the advice then we must follow it as health and safety has to be the main priority for everyone. Therefore football might be behind closed doors at the beginning and if it is then it is another challenge that we will accept and take on.

"I have never played a competitive game behind closed doors before. We sometimes train at the stadium so we are used to the surroundings but it will be strange to play like that with three points at stake. It will be another challenge and as a club we don't shy away from challenges, we face them head on."

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