Ivan Toney is targeting a place in the Cobblers first team for the remaining two fixtures and believes he can make a strong contribution to the club’s survival cause.
The 18-year-old, who is currently in his first year as a professional after coming through the Sixfields youth system, put in a good shift as a substitute for the second half of Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth.
Although that loss is a costly one, the team’s fate remains in their own hands because while they play Dagenham this weekend the two teams joining them on 47 points - Bristol Rovers and Wycombe - play each other.
Toney feels he did enough in the Pompey game to warrant an extended role in the game at Victoria Road, where a point could be enough to take Northampton out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone with just one game remaining.
“Hopefully he (Cobblers manager, Chris Wilder) will have seen from my performance on Monday that I did all right,” he said.
“Maybe I should have scored so I’ll pick myself up from that.
“It’s important to go again now. The last result didn’t go our way but if we can win our next two games then we’ll stay up.
And he added: “I thought that we did enough to win the game with the chances that we had.
“But we have to go again, move on to the next game.”