Cobblers boss Keith Curle was pleased with Tuesday’s training game against AFC Bournemouth’s under 23s, a game he felt was a different type of challenge for his players.
“It was an excellent work out,” he said.
“I felt we were a threat not just from set pieces but from open play as well and you would probably say we had the greater share of the chances in and around the box.
“There are still a lot of things for us to work on but we want these pre-season games to present a challenge and a test for the players.
“There was a bit of a mixture of cultures but it was a very good test for us, physically the squad is looking good and the players are buying into what we want both technically and tactically as well.
“Our DNA going forward is to try and stop teams and then earn the right to play. We want that to spread throughout the group and when players do come in they know their roles and responsibilities.
“The attitude of the players has been exemplary, everyone has been working hard, we’ve bought players in with good standards and we want that to rub off on the younger players.”