Clive Platt admits he has been frustrated to be out of the Cobblers team in recent weeks but is happy to accept the decision of manager Aidy Boothroyd to keep him on the bench.
Platt, 34, scored as a substitute in the team’s most recent outing, equalising at Oxford United only for the home side to win the game last Saturday 2-1.
The striker has had to make do with a bit-part role despite notching the last time he started a game, the 3-3 FA Cup first-round replay draw at Bradford City, in which he also scored a penalty in the shoot-out.
One of the main reasons for that is that the team is currently using a 4-4-1-1 system with Chris Hackett playing as the second striker behind leading goalscorer Adebayo Akinfenwa.
It is a tactical set-up that has served the side well - until the Oxford game - and a decision from the manager that Platt is happy to accept.
“Whatever the manager decides, I’m fully behind that - the lads have been playing well and the formation has been set,” he said.
“It has been frustrating to be on the sidelines after scoring at Bradford, but I stick behind the gaffer on his decisions.
“Whenever I get on and get 10 minutes, 20 minutes or whatever it is, I’ll just try to do my best for the club. You have to wait your turn.
“When I speak to the manager and we have our chats, I let him know my frustrations, that’s for certain but there’s a right time to do that.”
Despite his marginal role of late, Platt is happy with the contribution he has made from the bench.
The striker was fouled for a penalty in the 3-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers that turned out to be one of the decisive moments in the game, and is pleased to be an impact player - for now.
“If I come on and do well then I can go and knock on his office door but the lads have been playing well and getting results,” he said.
“I do feel like I’ve been a part of the success lately anyway.
“In the Wycombe game I came on and won the penalty that B (Akinfenwa) scored, and I obviously got the goal at Oxford as well.”