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The Cobblers boss looks ahead to the Emirates FA Cup first round

8 November 2020

Cobblers boss Keith Curle says he is very respectful of the threat posed by Oxford City as he previews Monday night’s Emirates FA Cup first round tie at Oxford City, a game that is live on BT Sport.

“It’s a competition that all football clubs look forward to and we are no different,” he said.

“You never know potentially where your next game can lead you and that is the exciting thing about it.

“We are very respectful as coaching staff and as a football club and we will treat Oxford City no different to anyone else we come up against. We have done our due diligence to gain as much information as we can and then we come up with a plan.

“They have got a system that they play which can fluctuate and can vary, they have got some players who can play and they have also got some physicality in their team.

“It’s down to us to go there and impose ourselves on the game, it won’t be easy and it’s a game where mentally you have got to be in a good place. If you get there and get distracted it can have a detrimental influence and the work we will be doing with the players is to make sure that they are in the right mindset to win a game of football.

“The TV cameras are there for a reason, there have been upsets in the past and I know that this game will be a challenge. Oxford’s players will be giving it everything but likewise I know that I have got a group of players here who will be doing the same and putting in a performance that is worthy of the shirt.”


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