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The Cobblers boss looks ahead to Friday night's 4th round Emirates FA Cup tie

23 January 2020

Friday night’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie with Derby County is the Cobblers third game in six days but boss Keith Curle says fatigue is not an issue and his squad will be fit, fresh and well prepared.

“Fatigue won’t be a problem for us,” he said

“We look forward to games and the players would probably rather play games than train because at the end of the game there is a reward."

Curle will be forced into making at least one change on Friday night with defender Scott Wharton set to serve a three-match ban following his sending off in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient.

"We thought about appealing but reluctantly decided against it," he said.

"That's not because we agreed with the decision - we don't - but in order to successfully appeal you need clear evidence of a mistake. Even though we believe Scott about what happened, there is so much going on it is just impossible to get that clear view that we need. On top of that, there is always a risk of an extra game or two being added to any suspension.

“Losing Scott is a blow but it’s another challenge for this group and for whoever comes in.

“We have options in the squad and we have players who can play in a number of different positions so we are flexible in terms of what formation we could play.

“I’m comfortable with the options we have in the squad and Friday night is a great opportunity for us.”

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