Curle will make his players watch their mistakes back in bid to cut out costly lapses

Keith Curle.Keith Curle.
Keith Curle.
Defensive errors have plagued Town's season and did so again at Plymouth

Keith Curle will sit down with his players and go through Saturday's defeat to Plymouth Argyle with a fine-tooth comb, both the good and the bad, in a bid to cut out the defensive lapses which continue to plague their season.

Conor Grant and Frank Nouble were both given too much room to combine for Argyle's first goal late in the first-half at Home Park before Kell Watts was left unattended to steer home an 86th minute corner.

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Although there were good things to come out of Saturday's game, it is those errors that have seen the Cobblers drop to 22nd in Sky Bet League One.

"We will emphasise it to the players and we will show them the passages of play where I thought we caused them problems," said Curle. "But also, we don't avoid the bad things and we will show them the goals back because they are quite easy to defend. Sometimes the simple things are the hardest things to do in football.

"We don't force the players to watch it back but it's part of their development and they don't hide away from it. You show them because pictures don't lie and we'll talk about it. It's not a case of going in and lambasting them.

"You have to give them answers and let them know what they can do better in their particular positions and roles when we're defending because you've got to get that understanding. Good players pick it up quickly."

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Aside from those two unfortunate mishaps, Town defended well at Home Park and restricted Plymouth to few clear chances.

"You get punished for those mistakes when you jump up a level and it was obvious for anybody watching the game that they have got some good players," added Curle.

"Danny Mayor is a fantastic footballer for this level but I thought we nullified a lot of his threat and got people in the right areas and for a long time they didn't have an answer to breaking us down.

"We frustrated them and stuck to our jobs and the only time they did break us down was from two balls into the box where we haven't done our job inside and outside the box. It's just those little lapses where we need to tighten up in our box. It's a case of doing your job."

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