Clive Platt is confident he will be able to increase his contribution to the Cobblers cause over the second half of the season.
Town have played 20 of their 46 league games for the campaign and remain in just one cup - the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, in which they play Leyton Orient at Sixfields in the third round of Wednesday night.
To date, Platt has scored three goals for the club and they have come in three different competitions, the most recent being in the league at Oxford United last Saturday.
That header joins the one he scored in the Capital One Cup against Wolves, and his late strike at Bradford City in a roller-coaster FA Cup first-round replay.
Three goals in 13 starts is about the right return for a centre-forward who was signed primarily for his ability to link up play between team-mates, but Platt - who has scored more than 100 career goals - is confident he can improve in the coming months, especially as the back problems that have been troubling him appear to be easing.
“I’ll keep getting the treatment and keep getting better each week,” said Platt. “It’s not a miracle but it’s freed me up and it’s enabling to play with much more mobility.
“Having done that, and now that I’m feeling less uncomfortable during matches, my game is improving.
“I feel I’m playing better now and hopefully that can continue with the treatment I’m getting, I can get a few more goals and start contributing more for the team.”
That treatment is being undertaken by a new specialist chiropractor, who is using a variety of techniques in a bid to cure a niggling back injury that Platt has been playing with for approximately six months.
The 35-year-old has his back ‘unlocked’ in a procedure aimed at preventing his back muscles from going into spasm; currently around half of them do exactly that, on a regular basis.