Cobblers boss Keith Curle praised the character of his team as he reflected on Saturday’s 2-2 season league opener against AFC Wimbledon.
All four goals came in the first half with the Cobblers twice coming from behind, first through a Matt Warburton free-kick and then Ricky Korboa scoring his first ever league goal.
“The start was definitely not what we wanted but after that we settled down and showed excellent character,” he said.
“We created some good opportunities, at times in the game we could have done better with our final ball and our set pieces but these are all things we need to work on.
“There are aspects of the game we are disappointed about and we have to work on but there is still more to come.
“It was a good test of character for us on the first game of the season and I’m very pleased for Matt and Ricky to get their goals. Ricky is a technician and he is a player who will definitely learn and improve.
“We had players who couldn’t get to the ground until 2:30 because of a traffic incident in Northampton which disrupted us a little bit because we’ve tried to create a bit of a matchday bubble but these things can happen and you just have to deal with them and take it on as another challenge.
“As a squad we are stretched at the minute but that is going to happen at this level with every club this season and we believe with the players we’ve got we can still be competitive.
“Caleb coming on showed again that there is a pathway for the youngsters at this football club and that should be a spur for everybody.”