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The Cobblers boss looks ahead as training prepares to resume

29 May 2020

As the squad prepare to return to training - in accordance with the necessary protocols - on Monday, Keith Curle says he and his staff have a clear plan for the next few weeks.

Subject to ratification, the Cobblers will be involved in the League 2 play offs, and that is where the focus of the squad is.

"We are preparing for a short tournament, not a 46 game season, so that changes things a little," said the Cobblers boss.

"We know what we do and what we are about. We have an identity and we won't be moving away from that at this stage. We will be reinforcing what we do well, reminding the players of that and identifying the areas where we think we can cause teams problems, individually and collectively.

"The players know we need to be ready, we will be ready. We won't change our fundamentals, we won't change what we are good at or the demands we place on each other, we will just use these two or three weeks to remind, refresh and prepare."

The most likely play off opponents for the Cobblers are Cheltenham Town, and Curle says they're a side he has a lot of respect for.

"If we do play Cheltenham, they will be tough opposition but we don't fear anybody," he said.

"That's not being disrespectful, that's just the way we are. We respect everyone but we fear no-one. We know, on our day, when we turn up, we are competitive against anyone. The whole division has been competitive this season, we know we can cause any team problems and that is how we will be preparing.

"There will be respect in our preparation, we will work to negate the threats of the opposition but it will be about what we do and how we perform.

"The club have gone above and beyond to look after the health and safety of the players behind the scenes. Every measure is being taken, every guideline is being followed and the club have been exemplary throughout. That is just another example of the integrity of the football club and how well the club have handled the situation.”

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