Cobblers boss on Saturday's trip to Rochdale
After upsetting Championship side Cardiff in the Capital One Cup the Cobblers kick-off their league campaign on Saturday with a trip to Rochdale.
“You have to enjoy moments like Tuesday night but because of the nature of the league we have got another game to focus on very quickly and that’s what we will do,” he said,” said boss Aidy Boothroyd.
“We have to take the focus and the positives from Tuesday night into the next game and the challenge to the players now is to get that level of consistency.
“Standards have been set and in order to win consistently you have got to keep to those standards.
“It’s important that we realise that every game presents a different and difficult challenge and we have to make sure that we are at our best for every game.
“We are an unknown quantity at the moment, we don’t know how good or how bad we can be but if we play like we did on Tuesday night on a regular basis then we will win more games than we lose.
“We know that we can get better and that is the exciting thing but I really don’t think we will see the best of this team until we get into the New Year.
“We’ve got a lot of strong characters in this group and as individuals and as a group I think they feel as if they have got a point to prove. They want to play at the highest level they can and you can only do that by winning consistently.
“Lee Nicholls will come into the game against Rochdale and from being a bit concerned a few weeks ago I’m thrilled with the goalkeeping situation.
“Shane Higgs looks in great shape, he’s got himself really fit and he’s well on track for that October comeback.
“Lee is a terrific talent and I think he has got a lot to offer and we are all really pleased with how Dean Snedker is progressing.
“We will keep his feet on the ground and go game by game with him but we might be in a position in six months time where we think we have either got to get him into the team or out on loan somewhere and that’s a terrific position to be in.
“We’ve had Rochdale watched three times in pre-season and I think they are one of the teams that will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
“We know they are a good side and we see Saturday’s game as another marker for us.”