Curle hits out at Boyle's bad tackle on Watson during Cheltenham defeat

Will Boyle and Jordan Turnbull challenge for a header. Picture: Pete NortonWill Boyle and Jordan Turnbull challenge for a header. Picture: Pete Norton
Will Boyle and Jordan Turnbull challenge for a header. Picture: Pete Norton | Getty
Robins defender only saw yellow for strong challenge

Keith Curle hit out at Will Boye's poor challenge on Ryan Watson in the first-half of Cobblers' defeat at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening.

With 30 minutes gone and the teams level at 1-1, Boyle launched himself into a wild challenge on Watson near the halfway line, seemingly catching the Town midfielder on his ankle.

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Boyle was only booked for the incident and Cheltenham made the most of the lucky escape, winning out 2-1.

"The disappointing thing for me is the tackle on Ryan Watson by their lad in the first-half," said Curle.

"I don't think he'll be proud of that tackle because it's not a good tackle."

As for the game itself, Curle was frustrated his side couldn't make the most of their perfect start after Watson's third-minute goal.

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"We had a decent platform, we made a great start to the game and I thought we rocked them," he added.

"We had a few moments. Sam Hoskins should have hit the target and Callum Morton had a good little bit of play to create space but scuffed his shot a little bit.

"We watched them play and we know they do have good movement but I felt we had a good, strong foothold in the game.

"Their goals came at disappointing times but I will go and analyse them because every goal has an origin and we need to be more competitive. It was too easy to allow someone to have a shot at our goal."