Cobblers boss Keith Curle says he is expecting a very tough test as he previews Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup first round tie at Lincoln City.
“Ultimately we are playing the team top of the division and you only get there on merit,” he said.
“Lincoln are going well but we won’t approach the game any differently and our attention to detail will be exactly the same.
“We are trying to evolve into a team that can play free flowing attacking football but at the minute we are still in the stage of putting down starting points and a foundation to give us that platform.
“We are trying to create a culture inside the changing room, we want a squad mentality and it was good to give some more players game time on Tuesday. I think we had ten players unavailable on Tuesday through injury and suspension but that number is dwindling.”