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The Cobblers boss says the squad are ready for Thursday night

16 June 2020

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle says the players cannot wait for the play offs to begin on Thursday night.

“As soon as we knew a date we’d be back training we put a plan together and the players came back in great condition," he said.

“Physically the players are in good condition, we’ve been building things up bit by bit and a lot of the work in the last few days has been about working on our fundamentals and game play.

“We’ve all been adjusting to 'the new normal' and things have been different in terms of how the players come and go to training but as I’ve said before the communication and transparency right the way through the football club has been excellent.

“The last few months have been completely different and very frustrating for me not just as a football manager but as a person.

“I’m a people person and I like being around people but the last few months have given me time as well to re-evaluate certain things.

“Some of the conversations I’ve had with some of the club’s supporters have been very humbling learning about their affiliation with the club going back generations.

“I think the supporters are rightly very proud of the work the club has been doing to support the community and there is a real willingness from everybody wanting us to do well.

“Thursday night will be different but we won’t be shying away from that. Our focus is on what we can do on the pitch, yes the stadium will be empty but that doesn’t stop us from playing the way we want to play.

“I mentioned very early on when I came to the football club that we needed to have a unity and create our own identity and I think the work the players have done on and off the pitch with the supporters has really been appreciated.

“They won’t be here on Thursday night but we know wherever they are they will be right behind us willing us on.”

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