Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh is looking to add more attacking fluency to the defensive solidity shown at Shrewsbury in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup first round tie away at QPR.
“We know that in possession of the ball we need to improve but I have no doubt that will come as the players continue to gel and get an understanding with each other.
“Defensively we need to continue to show the resilience that we did on Saturday and that was the real plus for us at Shrewsbury.
“We need to keep showing the same bravery without the ball that we did on Saturday but at the same time we need to get more numbers going forward.
“QPR had a fantastic result against Reading at the weekend and we know we are in for a tough game.
“We want to try and cause an upset and we know what potentially could lie ahead if we manage to do that but first and foremost we can’t look beyond QPR."
There is the potential for penalties at Loftus Road on Tuesday night and if that happens the new ABBA penalty system will be used.
“We saw it in the Community shield on Sunday,” said Edinburgh.
“I don’t think it makes any difference in terms of your penalty taker, it just varies the pressure on each team.
“If it comes to it we will be ready but our first focus is to try and win the game.”