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The Cobblers boss on James Olayinka, Callum Morton and Mark Marshall

29 January 2020

Keith Curle praised the impact of his new signings as he reflected on Tuesday's 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United.

Midfielder James Olayinka won the sponsors man of the match award, striker Callum Morton came off the bench to win a penalty and winger Mark Marshall played his part as a second half substitute, and manager Curle was pleased with all three.

"We have a template here and we recruit to fit that template," he said.

"Every player knows our plans, they know what we are going to do and they know their roles and I thought all of the new lads had an impact on Tuesday.

"We have added some new dynamics but we have a welcoming environment and we welcome new players in by saying 'This is us and this is what we do.'

"We want to bring good players in but they need to fit in with us. They have all got ability but they have quickly picked up an understanding of what we are about and they understand our structure.

"They have enjoyed their welcome and they already feel right at home.

"James Olayinka is a good player. We spent some time with him in training and we have had to get our way of playing in to his system. We want him landing on the second balls high up the pitch and using his energy to hurt teams. Alex the analyst has spent time working with him, showing him where we need him to be.

"Callum Morton is a willing runner and he caused problems as soon as he came on. He has good energy and he has still got a lot to learn but he is a threat.

"It was good to get Mark Marshall on the pitch too. He was a little rusty but he will have benefitted from the minutes and he will get better and better.

"Three points, three goals, three new players and a clean sheet is all good. Credit to the squad for being so welcoming, credit to our recruitment and credit to the new lads for fitting in so well."

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