Cobblers looking to put ‘pressure’ on teams above

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Centre-back Aaron Pierre says Cobblers will look to keep putting ‘pressure’ on teams above them in their pursuit of a late surge towards the play-offs.

Town were slow starters this season but one win from their first 10 league games has been followed by five in their next 11, in addition to four draws and only two defeats.

The more you play, the more confidence you get. All I want to do is play football.

That improvement has taken them from 21st to 14th in Sky Bet League Two under Keith Curle and while they still remain eight points adrift of the top seven, Pierre was not ruling out a play-off challenge after Saturday’s win at Crawley.

“Nothing is impossible,” he said. “As long as we maintain our standards and do things properly, anything is possible.

“I feel, with the players we’ve got and the ability in the squad, we’ll keep striving forward and put pressure on teams above us.”

Cobblers recorded just their fifth league clean sheet of the campaign at Crawley on Saturday and Pierre was again impressive. When fit and available, the 25-year-old has been a mainstay in the Cobblers defence with only David Buchanan having racked up more appearances this season.

“As a defender, we thrive on keeping clean sheets and we managed that on Saturday,” he added. “I think we could be a lot cleaner in what we do as a team in terms of our roles but, at the end of the day, we won the game, we kept a clean sheet and we can build on that.

“I’m always happy to play games. The more you play, the more confidence you get. All I want to do is play football.”

Curle has regularly switched between three and four at the back during his time in charge of the Cobblers, but that doesn’t seem to bother Pierre.

“He’s very strict in the formation, making sure everyone does their roles properly,” he continued. “We’re here to do a job and do it well and stop teams scoring against us and just win games, that’s all it is.

“The system doesn’t bother me as long as I’m playing. It’s good to change formation because you get more understanding between players and each position is difference, but I’m just happy to play.”