Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd was delighted with his side’s 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon.
“We knew it was going to be a very difficult game and Wimbledon made it very tough for us,” he said.
“We couldn’t make our pressure count in the first half but we kept at it and if you are going to be successful then one thing you need to be is persistent.
“We were definitely that and in the end we made our pressure count. Wimbledon probably ran out of steam a little bit and we scored a couple of goals and probably could have scored more.
“We created a lot of chances and with the players we’ve got I think we are always going to score goals but the most important thing for me today was keeping a clean sheet.
“We are creating chances and we will score a lot of goals. It’s not always possible to press high and defend for 90 minutes but we made some terrific decisions with the ball in the second half.
“Alex Nicholls is in a rich run of form but I think anyone who plays with Clive Platt gets goals. Clive is very unselfish, his work rate is brilliant and he’s a player’s player.
“I thought all the substitutes made an impact on the game and it’s brilliant to be able to bring someone like Bayo off the bench when teams are tiring. He is a fantastoc option to have and we will use him and Clive however we feel will help us get the best out of both of them.
“We’ve had a lot of games in the last few weeks so the players are going to get a couple of days rest now and then on Tuesday we will start preparing for Fleetwood.
“We’ve still got lots of work to do and I won’t get carried away with this win and neither will anybody else but it’s always nice to learn lessons from a win.”