Cobblers boss Curle hails 'first-class' mentality of his players as they sink Fleetwood

Sam Hoskins battles with Fleetwood's Paul Coutts (Picture: Pete Norton)Sam Hoskins battles with Fleetwood's Paul Coutts (Picture: Pete Norton)
Sam Hoskins battles with Fleetwood's Paul Coutts (Picture: Pete Norton)
Cobblers boss Keith Curle was thrilled with his side's superb defensive display during their 1-0 victory over Joey Barton's in-form Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

Town were resilient and determined in defence en route to just their second clean sheet of the season, and it would come in an winning cause thanks to Cian Bolger's first goal for the club shortly after half-time.

Curle's men have now taken seven points from a possible nine and you have to go all the way back to the second minute against Accrington Stanley for the last time they conceded a league goal from open play.

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"I said in the week that we had to change our mentality for home games because away from home, our attitude has been excellent in the last couple of matches," said Curle.

"Yes, we know there are parts of our game that we need to do a lot better but the other side of the game is the discipline, the organisation, the willingness to work, the application and the understanding and they were all there tonight.

"The mentality of the players was first-class.

"Fleetwood are a very, very good team with some very good players and we had to have all those attributes I've just mentioned in abundance to nullify them and cause them problems from set-pieces.

"We knew we weren't going to dominate possession of the ball so we had to keep our shape and be resolute and aggressive in our defending and compete all over the pitch. We did that very well."