Boss Keith Curle insists his sole focus remains on dragging the Cobblers further away from the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone – but that he is expecting his team to ‘be very competitive’ for the rest of the season.
Town travel to Exeter City on Saturday sitting in 16th place in the table, and a healthy 10 points above the bottom two.
The remit when I first came into the building, and let’s make no mistake about where the football club was, we were very much concentrating on increasing that points gap on those below us. That hasn’t changedCobblers boss Keith Curle
The Cobblers are looking for their fifth win in their past six league two games, and are now closer to the top seven than the relegation places.
A win over the fifth-placed Grecians this weekend would see them move to within five points of the Devon outfit.
The picture is certainly a lot rosier than it was when Curle took charge at the beginning of October when Town were in deep relegation trouble, but the Cobblers boss isn’t about to get ahead of himself.
“The remit when I first came into the building, and let’s make no mistake about where the football club was, we were very much concentrating on increasing that points gap on those below us,” said Curle.
“That hasn’t changed at the minute, and we still have one eye on making sure this club has a stable foundation to go and build from.”
The Cobblers were beaten by Lincoln City in the FA Cup first round last weekend, but are on a three-match winning run in the league.
Curle is obviously hoping that form can continue, and is confident that the team will go from strength to strength in the next few months.
“We know we are coming up to a busy period, we have players coming back fit, and we are going to be a very competitive squad,” said the Town manager.
“Then we will come up to the January transfer window, and if there is a need or a requirement to improve the squad, and if there is the availability of players we think will improve us, then we will look to do business.
“But we aren’t going to throw good money about if there is no need to.
“If we think there is enough in the building then we will go with what we’ve got.”