Jon Brady was pleased by what he called an 'encouraging performance' as he reflected on Tuesday night’s Papa John’s Trophy tie at Forest Green Rovers.
Scott Pollock’s second half header saw the game end 1-1 with the Cobblers going on to win 4-2 on penalties.
It meant two points for Town in their first group game with Walsall and Brighton under 21s to come at Sixfields.
“The goal we conceded was disappointing but there after we grew into the game.
“It was a good header from Scott for the goal, he was very assured and calm on the ball tonight and he adapted well to playing in a different position.
“We wanted to rest a number of key players who have played a lot of games and it was great to have the four academy boys on the bench.
“It’s all about learning for them but the habits we have run right the way through the club."
Brady ended by paying tribute to Sam Hoskins whose appearance against Forest Green was his 250th for the club.
“250 games shows a lot of loyalty," he said.
“Sam is a great servant to this football club and he gives absolutely everything he’s got every time he plays. We really appreciate Sam and all his hard work and efforts.”