Boss Curle believes Cobblers players ‘enjoying the challenges’ of being kept guessing

Cobblers boss Keith Curle
Cobblers boss Keith Curle

Boss Keith Curle believes the Cobblers players are ‘enjoying the challenges’ of his reglar tinkering with tactics, formations and team selection.

Curle has only been in charge at the PTS Academy Stadium since October 2, but he has already forged a reputation for being anything but predictable when it comes to match day.

The Town boss has made changes in virtually every game on his watch, and it is something that seems to be working as the team slowly and surely makes its way up the Sky Bet League Two table.

Much is normally made of consistency when it comes to team selection, but Curle is a believer in a horses for courses strategy, and he has been impressed with how the Cobblers squad has reacted to his approach.

“The players are enjoying the challenges they are being given,” said the former England defender.

“I don’t think I have played the same formation or the same personnel in two games, and I think that is resonating with the squad.

“They know that on a daily basis now, everything we are working on as individuals they have to take that into the games.

“We have played so many different formations, so many different systems, and we are involving all of the personnel, which is good.

“I enjoy doing it, because I think every team we play against has different strengths and weaknesses, and it is nice to have a squad that is adaptable and also challengeable.

“I can give them challenges individually and collectively, and the pleasing thing is the players are accepting those challenges and taking on board the information we are giving them.

“I think they are quite enjoying that, they are getting used to different systems.

“Ultimately, there are strengths and weaknesses in whichever system you choose, but I think myself and my coaching staff are brave enough to adapt those, and have the knowledge of those systems to put square pegs in square holes.”

The Cobblers entertain Stevenage on Saturday (ko 3pm), aiming to stretch their unbeaten home record, that stands at seven matches.