'Phenomenal' turnout at Derby makes Curle 'so proud' to be a Cobbler
It might have ended in defeat but Tuesday’s FA Cup tie at Derby County was a night that made Keith Curle ‘so proud’ to be manager of the Cobblers.
Nearly 4,500 fans made the short hop up the M1 to Pride Park and they were in fine voice throughout the game, even when it became evident that Town’s cup journey had run its course.
The players repaid the support with a spirited display but in the end Derby’s Championship quality shone through, running out 4-2 winners to set up a fifth round date with Manchester United.
But it was still a mighty proud night for everyone involved with the Cobblers.
“First and foremost it’s about the travelling support because they were phenomenal,” said Curle.
“It’s very much appreciated, not only by myself but by my staff and the whole football club because they were truly representative of what we’re trying to build here.
“When you go out before kick-off and see the numbers and the vocal support, it makes you so proud because that’s people believing in what you’re trying to do.
“It shows the potential of this club and the players gave a performance that was deserving of the support.
“We’ve had a fantastic run this season, we earned the right to play at Derby and that’s what we said to the players – we’re here on merit so let’s make sure we go and give a performance.”
The cup run may now be over for another season but Cobblers still have some serious business to attend to in the league and the support of fans will continue to be important.
"The one thing I can guarantee is that fans will play their part, massively," Curle added.
"Momentum is building, the belief is building, the identity of what we're trying to create is building and the identity now that the supporters have with the players is phenomenal.
"They've now got some new players that have come into the group. Some would have seen a glimpse of them at Macclesfield and they're good players.
"They're adding to a very, very competitive and strong squad."