Northampton Town played out a 0-0 draw with Bury in their first game after appointing Keith Curle as their new manager.

The draw came 24 hours after the Cobblers replaced Dean Austin with Curle, with Austin sacked on Sunday 24 hours after the defeat by Mansfield Town.

Curle’s first game saw Bury start positively against a reshuffled side. Adam Thompson hit the bar with a header from a free-kick, before Nicky Adams volleyed over and Thompson also hit a strike wide.

Northampton grew into the contest as it continued, with Andy Williams intercepting a short header and beating Joe Murphy in the Bury goal but hitting his strike against the woodwork.

Byron Moore would also see a deflected effort rebound off the frame of the goal as the half opened up, before Sam Hoskins intercepted an errant backpass only to fire the ball straight at Murphy.

John-Joe O’Toole saw an effort cleared off the line late in the first half and Hoskins had another shot blocked late in the opening period.

However, the second half lacked similar fluency, with chances few and far between, and the game ended goalless. Northampton sit in 21st place after the match, although the Cobblers are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swindon Town.