Thursday 18 January 2018

Page lifts ban on talking about Cup tie as Cobblers get focused

Kenji Gorre
Kenji Gorre

After banning talk of Northampton's glamour tie against Manchester United, Cobblers boss Rob Page insists he and his players are now fully focused on tomorrow night's third-round EFL Cup clash.

Mentioning the visit of Jose Mourinho's star-studded squad to Sixfields was prohibited by Page immediately after the draw almost four weeks ago.

The League One campaign and prolonging the club's long unbeaten run remained the focus for Northampton during the intervening four league games. The Cobblers were actually beaten on Saturday by Page's former club Chesterfield - a first loss in 32 league matches - and he is keen to see his players address the mistakes they made at the Proact Stadium against Mourinho's men.

"We've been looking forward to this fixture since the draw was made," said the Welshman. "But I banned the players from talking about it as we had to focus on the league game in hand.

Northampton midfielder Kenji Gorre, who scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out victory against West Brom in the previous round, was on the books at United as a teenager and Page admits the 21-year-old is excited about the prospect of facing his old club.

"He is looking forward to it, of course he is," he said. "All the players are but when you've been associated with a football club in the past it always means that added something."

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