Cobblers boss on Tuesday's trip north
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd knows how tough Tuesday night’s trip to York City will be.
“York are on an upward momentum and it will be a difficult game but it’s a game we can get something out of as long as we apply ourselves properly,” he said.
“We know a lot about York and they have done very well. They have made a very solid start and they are a couple of points better off than we are currently.
“Their home record is a bit indifferent but they have got some good footballers in the team and some good leadership qualities in Clarke Carlisle.
“I worked very hard to get Clarke here in the summer and he was a player I did very much want to bring in but for lots of different reasons that didn’t happen.
“In the end he went to York and I don’t think you can look back with disappointment because these things happen and you have got to very quickly move on.
“I think the word leader is used an awful lot and you can lead in many different ways. You can lead through actions and you can lead through words but at the end of it you have got to walk the talk.
“Clarke infects other people with his enthusiasm and his confidence and on the pitch he can be having the worst game in the world but he will still organise the people around him and lead the team.
“He’s not the perfect player but he makes teams better.
“I don’t think either side wanted a draw on Saturday but we are still in the cup and that’s important.
“We can’t look beyond Bradford next Tuesday though and even before that we’ve got two very important away games in the league against York and Accrington.
“There were lots of pluses from the second half on Saturday and that’s what we need to build on.
“We are far better than we were last year but we are on a bit of a rollercoaster at the moment and we have got to make sure that despite of all the tribulations we have got to deal with that we have more ups than downs.”