Northampton Town boss Keith Curle has told his players not to get carried away with Saturday’s impressive display against Newport County and strive for consistency in their performance levels.
Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the Cobblers Tuesday night trip to League Two strugglers Stevenage, Curle said it was important his players took the same mental approach they took before Saturday’s 2-0 win over the high-flying Exiles and used their defeated opponents as an example of what consistent performances can achieve. He said: ‘Our mindset and mentality need to be right.’
‘My job is to make sure we don’t get too carried away with a good performance and result on Saturday, and it’s probably quite good we are straight back into work mode with a game against Stevenage.’
We’ve shown in glimpses what we can produce, but we need to produce more of that on a consistent basis.’
‘Tuesday night is another good opportunity for us to try and improve our level of consistency.’
‘The mindset of the players all last week was excellent, they took on board all the information we gave them, and their attitude and application throughout the training was very good.’
‘Newport are where they are in the league because they have a level of consistency week in week out, and that is what we are striving to do.’
Saturday’s victory was Northampton’ third league win of a stop-start season so far which sees them sit fourteenth in the fledgeling League Two table.
They travel to play a Stevenage side anchored to the bottom of the pile who lost their last home game 3-2 to fellow strugglers Carlisle United. Former England Women’s boss Mark Sampson is currently caretaker boss at the Lamex following last week’s sacking of the popular Dino Maamria.
The Cobblers are perhaps not where they expected to be after a summer of some impressive recruitment, but after making so many signings, the danger was always going to be the time it took for the squad to gel.
Newport may have been distracted on Saturday by speculation linking their impressive young manager Michael Flynn with a move to Lincoln, but that shouldn’t take anything away from Curle’s side.
There are signs things are coming together, but they must win at Stevenage tomorrow night if they want to continue to get the fans back on-side following a poor start to the campaign.