Cobblers boss on Saturday's trip to the Pirelli StadiumCobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd previews Saturday’s trip to Burton Albion.
“We have got to really focus on us and make sure that we learn the lessons from all our previous games, especially the last one,” he said.
“Burton have got a decent squad and I think they will be expecting to do better than they did last year.
“They started last season really well but that just goes to show it doesn’t matter how you start or where you are in the middle it’s what goes on in the last couple of months that really counts. You need to be in the pack and that’s where we’re at.
“We’re improving all the time, I think we are gaining a reputation and a respect and that only comes from being competitive and pushing your opponent to the limit.
“I think we have played really well in some games, we’ve had to dig out results in others and with the amount of chances we’ve created we can probably count ourselves unfortunate that we haven’t scored more goals.
“Clive Platt will have a fitness test on Friday afternoon but we will leave any decision on him until the last possible minute because he is a big player for us.
“I’ve got a decision to make on the goalkeeping situation but that’s my job and I’ll do that.
“Lee Nicholls is here until the end of October at least and that is great news.
“You want to have a good spine to your team and having a good goalkeeper is a very important position to achieving that.
“Lee currently occupies that position and he has done very well for us but what you want is competition for places.
“With Lee, Shane Higgs and Dean Snedker we’ve got that and we are quite blessed in that respect.
“Shane played a full game in the week for the first time in 10 months but the problem is with the schedule we’ve got coming up it’s going to be difficult for us to get the amount of reserve games for Shane we would like.”