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KEITH CURLE - 'SECURING A PLAY OFF PLACE SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED. WE HAVE PROGRESSED A LONG WAY'

Cobblers boss on securing a top seven finish

23 May 2020

Manager Keith Curle has said the achievement of securing a place in the play offs should not be overlooked.

The Cobblers were seventh in the table when football was suspended, a point clear of Port Vale in 8th and a single goal below Colchester in 6th, and have qualified for the play offs, subject to ratification, on a points per game calculation.

"We have been in the top seven for a fair part of the season and it is important to recognise what we have achieved,” he said.

“We have come a long way in less than two seasons. From day one, we felt the club understandably didn't have a winning mentality because of results over the previous few years. Things don't just change, you need to create that mentality and evolve and I think we have now created an upward curve. We have already progressed a long way.

"Obviously the way the season looks like it will end is far from ideal and credit to Port Vale and Bradford for the way they handled things but for all involved it is trying to make the best of the situation. 

"When the play offs happen, as we think they will, all of the players are raring to go. As a club we said we would be respectful of any concerns any of the players may have had, but not one player has said they don't want to come back and train or play. I have spoken to them all, they all have the option to speak privately and air any concerns but they are all ready, focussed and raring to go.

“The club will adhere to the safety protocol, we will take every measure above and beyond both physically and mentally and we will give the players every support. But make no mistake, we want to play and we are ready.

"Everyone has brought in to what the club are doing, that comes from the clarity from the top and being brave enough to identify where we are and what needed to be done."


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