Cobblers boss Keith Curle is expecting a really tough test of his team's credentials as he previews Saturday’s trip to Macclesfield, a game in which Northampton Town will try and inflict a dent in the Silkmen's impressive home record.
“Macclesfield have a very good home record and it can be a difficult place to go but we had a good result there last season and I think it’s about your mental approach,” he said.
“Our focus is on what we do individually and collectively and players have benchmarks to hit in every game.
“We are competing for three points and our mental preparation will be in tune.
“It was a very professional performance on Tuesday and after the hype and the euphoria of the Derby game it was important for us to turn up both individually and collectively.
“That’s what we worked on, the platform of what we want to do can’t change and how we perform individually and collectively sets the tone.
“We work a lot on shape, pattern of play and an individual’s roles and responsibilities and I think even just from having a couple of training sessions with us the three new players we’ve bought in have all got a good understanding of that and what is expected of them.”