Chris Wilder admits the Cobblers are now ‘desperate’ for a win and is confident there is no player in his squad currently ‘going through the motions’.
Town remain anchored to the foot of Sky Bet League Two following a 2-0 defeat to Plymouth on Saturday that has left them seven points adrift of safety.
They have a tough week ahead of them, with a trip to fellow relegation candidates Torquay United on Tuesday night preceding a game at sixth-placed Fleetwood.
But Wilder is keen to retain as positive an atmosphere as possible at Sixfields, where supporters are growing increasingly concerned about their team’s chances of staying up.
“I’m a very positive manager,” he said. “I like to like at the positives, but there are times when I will have to have a bark at them.
“There are things that have to be said and it’s not personal and we have to quickly move on after that and lift the players.
“We had some disappointed players in that changing room.
“They are bothered about the results and the performances and I can see that with my experience.
“I don’t think there’s anybody just going through the motions, but we’ve got to start giving ourselves half a chance.
“We’re desperate for the win that we need to get us up and running and that will hopefully get us going again.”