Northampton Town manager Keith Curle said his side were pleased to reach the knock out stages of the competition as he reflected on Tuesday night’s Papa John’s Trophy tie with Stevenage, a game the Cobblers won 4-2 on penalties.
“The main priority for this football club is our league campaign but we’re pleased to get through and we will see what the next round throws at us,” he said.
“A penalty shoot-out is a great opportunity for players to show what they are about and it was great for Caleb to score the winning penalty.
“Alan Sheehan was initially down to take it but Caleb did well when he came on.
“Shaun McWilliams came on and gave us a spark, he’s been waiting patiently for his opportunity and while he’s been waiting he’s been training well.
“When things aren’t going well you find out the fabric and the DNA of a football club, we’ve got a good understanding of what we are about and we won’t shy away from our responsibility.
There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make sure that we are improving and developing. We are not flying high with confidence right now but confidence will come from winning games and keeping clean sheets.”