Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd has reaffirmed his belief that the current side is close to becoming one of the Sky Bet League Two promotion contenders.
Town play host to Exeter City on Saturday (3pm kick-off), a game in which they will bid to end a run of five league matches without a win.
Exeter are yet to win an away game this season, making Northampton marginal favourites for the three points despite their poor start to the campaign.
“We’re not too far away in terms of points – at the moment we’re six points off the play-off places,” said Boothroyd.
“When you consider Chris Hackett hit the post against Scunthorpe with a corner and hit the post with a free-kick at Bristol Rovers, then that could easily have given us four more points and put us quite close.
“That would put us on eight, which is the number we were on at this point last season, but as our players get fitter and we get other boys back then we’ll be where I think we should be.”
Jacob Blyth extended his loan spell at the club this week and comes into contention to start up front alongside last week’s man of the match, Clive Platt.
Ben Tozer completed the most first-team minutes of the squad last season but found himself demoted to the bench for the Scunthorpe game, something that Boothroyd feels may re-invigorate the utility player.
“I just felt it was right for Ben to come out of the team and although nobody ever wants that, sometimes it does you good,” he said.