Cobblers boss Keith Curle says he and his staff will put the upcoming weekend without a game to good use.
Northampton Town are next in action at Cambridge United in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday and Curle said he will be out scouting on Saturday with no game for the first team.
“Saturday gives us an opportunity to go out and have a look at both potential targets and future opposition,” he said.
“We have a lot of games coming up in the next month and this weekend all of the staff will be out at games.
"These few days will also give the players a chance to clear their minds and to come back ready to work ahead of Cambridge on Tuesday.
“We will train on Thursday and Friday and be back to work on Monday, we’ve got a competitive squad and the team we pick to play at Cambridge will reflect that. We’ve got some players coming back and whatever team we pick will be capable of winning the tie.
“Nobody said it was going to be easy and we are still a work in progress.
“When you take over a team third from bottom you can’t just brush that under the carpet after a few good results.
“We need to give ourselves a platform and put the pillars in place for us going forward.
“That was my mindset when I first came in and that hasn’t changed.”