Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett believes the Cobblers squad are doing their best to get caretaker manager Andy King the job on a full-time basis.
Rowett’s team took all three points from Town with a late 1-0 win at the Pirelli Stadium on Boxing Day.
There was an element of symmetry to the game for Rowett, whose first match in caretaker charge of the Brewers also ended in a 1-0 defeat and was against Northampton.
And he feels the Cobblers will be in good hands if they decide to stick with King - who will take charge for the game at Portsmouth on December 29 - in the coming weeks.
“If looked like their players were really playing for Andy and that bodes well for Northampton for the future,” he said.
“My first game as a caretaker manager was against Northampton and we actually lost that so it was pleasing to win this time.
“We’ve made a bit of a habit out of winning games 1-0, I think that’s our seventh or eighth 1-0 this season and the game opened up in the second half.
“I told my players that they (Northampton) had brought in four or five lads who haven’t played for a while so I knew if we kept going then we’d maybe have a bit of an edge there.
“We had lots of good opportunities around the box and our patience was rewarded in the end.”