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« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2020, 09:47:47 am »

Keith Curle is in Mensa,
Keith Curle is in Mensa,
la la la la,
la la la la.
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« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2020, 15:15:16 pm »

I'll be out Thursday evening, clapping!
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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2020, 15:55:52 pm »

I'll be out Thursday evening, clapping!
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« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2020, 21:03:56 pm »

Curle has consistently defied expectations. He wasn't a particularly popular appointment on here and many doubted his capacity to achieve a career-first promotion with us.

Few of us felt confident about reaching the play-offs last year and when we did scrape in most of us wrote him off after the Cheltenham home game.

He appears to have found a highly effective formula in terms of both motivation and tactics. One theme which emerged in the podcast interviews with ex-players over lockdown was just how important tactical simplicity is for lower-league players. Hasselbaink's big problem, for instance, was his chronic tendency to overcomplicate every element of our play with talented players like Grimes played in roles of baffling complexity.

Curle is the complete antithesis to Hasselbaink. Like Wilder, he carefully vets the character of potential signings and it's hard to imagine him going for a 'bad apple' like KVV or Pereira.

My big questions about him were two-fold: could he deliver a career-first promotion and could he evolve the playing style from primitive hoofball to something more varied and refined. The first question was answered emphatically at Wembley. I have also seen some encouraging signs that the second question might be at least partially fulfilled, with the likes of Mills and Sowerby pointing to a slightly more expansive style of play.

My third big question is this: can Curle do what no Cobblers manager has done in the last thirty years and establish us as a long-term fixture at League One level? It's early days, and I suspect Hull might be a reality check for us, but the early signs are certainly encouraging.



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« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2020, 21:30:03 pm »

Curle has consistently defied expectations. He wasn't a particular appointment on here and many doubted his capacity to achieve a career-first promotion with us.

Few of us felt confident about reaching the play-offs last year and when we did scrape in most of us wrote him off after the Cheltenham home game.

He appears to have found a highly effective formula in terms of both motivation and tactics. One theme which emerged in the podcast interviews with ex-players over lockdown was just how important tactical simplicity is for lower-league players. Hasselbaink's big problem, for instance, was his chronic tendency to overcomplicate every element of our play with talented players like Grimes played in roles of baffling complexity.

Curle is the complete antithesis to Hasselbaink. Like Wilder, he carefully vets the character of potential signings and it's hard to imagine him going for a 'bad apple' like KVV or Pereira.

My big questions about him were two-fold: could he deliver a career-first promotion and could he evolve the playing style from primitive hoofball to something more varied and refined. The first question was answered emphatically at Wembley. I have also seen some encouraging signs that the second question might be at least partially fulfilled, with the likes of Mills and Sowerby pointing to a slightly more expansive style of play.

My third big question is this: can Curle do what no Cobblers manager has done in the last thirty years and establish us as a long-term fixture at League One level? It's early days, and I suspect Hull might be a reality check for us, but the early signs are certainly encouraging.





Good analysis.

But.....

Personally, I am not worried about either of:

- can we play expansive football?
- can we get a result against Hull?

We are weeks away from the end the transfer window, and we have many players missing due to injury, etc.  It will take a few weeks before we have a really settled side.

So long as we go toe-to-toe against every team in this division, regardless of who starts, we will surpass expectations.  (And, we have the players that can do that).

We will never be Barcelona.  We do not have Messi.  We have a **** ground.  But:

We have CURLE!

Trust, believe, Buy in to being a winner, and it will happen!

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« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2020, 21:31:18 pm »

Curle has consistently defied expectations. He wasn't a particular appointment on here and many doubted his capacity to achieve a career-first promotion with us.

Few of us felt confident about reaching the play-offs last year and when we did scrape in most of us wrote him off after the Cheltenham home game.

He appears to have found a highly effective formula in terms of both motivation and tactics. One theme which emerged in the podcast interviews with ex-players over lockdown was just how important tactical simplicity is for lower-league players. Hasselbaink's big problem, for instance, was his chronic tendency to overcomplicate every element of our play with talented players like Grimes played in roles of baffling complexity.

Curle is the complete antithesis to Hasselbaink. Like Wilder, he carefully vets the character of potential signings and it's hard to imagine him going for a 'bad apple' like KVV or Pereira.

My big questions about him were two-fold: could he deliver a career-first promotion and could he evolve the playing style from primitive hoofball to something more varied and refined. The first question was answered emphatically at Wembley. I have also seen some encouraging signs that the second question might be at least partially fulfilled, with the likes of Mills and Sowerby pointing to a slightly more expansive style of play.

My third big question is this: can Curle do what no Cobblers manager has done in the last thirty years and establish us as a long-term fixture at League One level? It's early days, and I suspect Hull might be a reality check for us, but the early signs are certainly encouraging.





Very good post, my thoughts exactly.
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« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2020, 21:47:28 pm »

I like this thread and long may the appreciation of KC continue. He's doing a fine job.

However, I do fear that two bad results in a row and some will be sharpening their knives as always. Hopefully that won't be the case.
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« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2020, 23:43:02 pm »

Very good post, my thoughts exactly.

Yep quite an interesting post from Mr Bungle. What worries me he (Bungle) still hankers for a refined playing style. Successful Cobblers sides have been built on an uncompromising defence with a Kiernan type midfielder (Jack Sow’) to help football along. What was interesting he reverted to 4-4-2 last Saturday. This is potentially a progression to a more refined system. The trouble with that he needs a damn good old style  centre forward and am not convinced we have such a player!  We now have at least one decent winger possibly two! But for bigger games we need an accomplished half back like Wharton. For me Missi and Watson  reinforced by Sowerby are quite adequate . With the two wingbacks now in place plus an accomplished half back and a CF(striker) who can hold his own in this Div we could find ourselves inadvertently in the Championship Cool
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« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2020, 09:24:45 am »

Curle has consistently defied expectations......


I enjoy reading bungle's posts, always very soothing.
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« Reply #29 on: September 25, 2020, 16:35:47 pm »

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/football/thomas-hails-curle-doing-great-job-cobblers-boss-celebrates-two-years-charge-2983352
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« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2020, 17:37:43 pm »

Wonder how many comments this little beauty will receive tonight?
Terrible substitutions three big strikers on the pitch with no service, back three look shaken.
Come on Keith sort it out.
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« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2020, 18:15:30 pm »

Wonder how many comments this little beauty will receive tonight?
Terrible substitutions three big strikers on the pitch with no service, back three look shaken.
Come on Keith sort it out.

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« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2020, 18:25:31 pm »

Not surprised that you had to immediately jump in on this topic and be assured KC will "sort it out". As I have said before best manager since Wilder and his win record of over 40% in his 2 years confirms this.
Agree today was not Mills best performance but to say he is not good enough for div.1 is ridiculous he has played plenty of games at this level and above in the championship with Southampton and Reading among others and is still good enough for this level. Marshall also today was not at his best and KC was clearly disappointed with the quality of balls into the box after sending on extra strikers. Harriman must have felt hard done by after his recent performances but when Adams is up to fitness I expect To see Adams and Mills as first choice wing backs.
Anyway in KC we trust and he has made many on here eat humble pie in the past and will continue to steer us in the right direction. Only this week Kelvin was saying what a great job KC has done thus far.
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« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2020, 20:05:18 pm »

It all went wrong once he took The Marshall off. What was he thinking?
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« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2020, 20:10:25 pm »

Harriman must have felt hard done by after his recent performances but when Adams is up to fitness I expect To see Adams and Mills as first choice wing backs.
Unfortunately I don't think Adams has the legs to play wing back in League 1. He's always been a good winger but I think it's asking too much of him to get up and back all game and we would be losing his best points which is getting in crosses.
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« Reply #35 on: September 26, 2020, 22:05:54 pm »

Not surprised that you had to immediately jump in on this topic and be assured KC will "sort it out". As I have said before best manager since Wilder and his win record of over 40% in his 2 years confirms this.
Agree today was not Mills best performance but to say he is not good enough for div.1 is ridiculous he has played plenty of games at this level and above in the championship with Southampton and Reading among others and is still good enough for this level. Marshall also today was not at his best and KC was clearly disappointed with the quality of balls into the box after sending on extra strikers. Harriman must have felt hard done by after his recent performances but when Adams is up to fitness I expect To see Adams and Mills as first choice wing backs.
Anyway in KC we trust and he has made many on here eat humble pie in the past and will continue to steer us in the right direction. Only this week Kelvin was saying what a great job KC has done thus far.
Marshall was our best player, yet again today Theobald.
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« Reply #36 on: September 26, 2020, 22:11:52 pm »

We've got problems at the moment but I do have faith in KC to sort them out. Getting us four points from the first two league games with the players we had available was a really impressive return and was because of the way KC set the team up. Today was frustrating though, admittedly, and our lack of an effective Plan B would be my main criticism at the minute. If lumping it to the big man isn't working, it probably means we need to lump it less, not that we need to replace our creative players with even more big centre forwards.

Recruitment over the summer has been really underwhelming too, particularly at CB. On what we've seen so far, I wouldn't swap any of Turnbull, Wharton or Goode for any of Racic, Horsfall or Bolger. Hope that gets put right before the window shuts. At the other end of the pitch, I know we've had injuries but we're relying on the likes of Smith and Warburton, who struggled to hold down a place in League Two.
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« Reply #37 on: September 27, 2020, 12:57:14 pm »

Martin was our best defender yesterday, I think that says it all.
Can we send Racic back to Brentford? He’s awful.
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« Reply #38 on: September 27, 2020, 20:16:19 pm »

So Daddy Pig "I'm an expert on these things" thinks Marshall was our best player yesterday while other posters quote how few crosses we had into their box. Yes he has played well recently but yesterday was far from his best performance, he is a wide player tasked with getting quality crosses into the box for our strikers and it is hard to recall a single one yesterday. In the Chron player ratings no other player was rated lower than Marshall who was rated 5 with several other players. In saying this I am not having a go at Marshall as I support all players representing our club even if I think they should be doing better as support is better than continually getting on their backs. I doubt that any player would have been happy with their performance yesterday.
KCs transfer record so far is much improved on those that have gone before yet you would think he had not signed a decent player according to comments on here. We had exactly the same last season when we signed Oliver, Morton, Anderson etc.
We are only a few games into the season but already we have had rolled out " he shouldn't be anywhere near the first team", " he can't pass the ball 5 yards", "he's not good enough for div.1" about a player who has made multiple appearances at this level and higher. Yesterday we even had somebody asking where the ball boys were, unbelievable.
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« Reply #39 on: September 28, 2020, 21:40:31 pm »

So Daddy Pig "I'm an expert on these things" thinks Marshall was our best player yesterday while other posters quote how few crosses we had into their box. Yes he has played well recently but yesterday was far from his best performance, he is a wide player tasked with getting quality crosses into the box for our strikers and it is hard to recall a single one yesterday. In the Chron player ratings no other player was rated lower than Marshall who was rated 5 with several other players. In saying this I am not having a go at Marshall as I support all players representing our club even if I think they should be doing better as support is better than continually getting on their backs. I doubt that any player would have been happy with their performance yesterday.
KCs transfer record so far is much improved on those that have gone before yet you would think he had not signed a decent player according to comments on here. We had exactly the same last season when we signed Oliver, Morton, Anderson etc.
We are only a few games into the season but already we have had rolled out " he shouldn't be anywhere near the first team", " he can't pass the ball 5 yards", "he's not good enough for div.1" about a player who has made multiple appearances at this level and higher. Yesterday we even had somebody asking where the ball boys were, unbelievable.
“Daddy Pig” your getting this forum mixed up with other “alternative “ website you obviously visit, fcuk me you get more like Theobald everyday Theobald. 🤣😂
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