Chris Wilder has confirmed the Cobblers will not dip into the transfer market to replace Kaid Mohamed, who will miss the next three months of the season through injury.
The on-loan Port Vale man has had surgery on a broken metatarsal which will rule him out until early April.
Town had been tenuously linked with Oxford United winger Alfie Potter, who Wilder knows well from their time together at the Kassam Stadium and who has been told he is free to leave the club in the January transfer window.
But the 26-year-old is not a target for Wilder, who has signed three players this month in what may be the limit of the changes he will make to his Sixfields squad.
“We’re not looking,” confirmed Wilder, whose side ended an eight-game away losing streak with a 2-0 win at Exeter City on Saturday. “We’ve got Chris Hackett who can play either side and we’ve got a little bit of flexibility with Ricky (Holmes) who can play in behind or on both as well, plus Lawson (D’Ath) as well so we three for two there if we go with that shape.
“We’ll wait and see how it goes with Ricky.
“He’s here for a month and I know he’s enjoying it here - the club has made him feel very welcome.
“He’s a popular boy and he’s been involved in two good performances so we’d like to keep in the building for as long as possible.”
Wilder’s team were delighted to end their dreadful away run with an unexpected win at St James’ Park, and the manager was especially pleased for Marc Richards, who is now the leading goalscorer in Sky Bet League Two but has endured a difficult time since being made the team captain last month.
“We’ve given him the armband and I’ve felt sorry for him really because he’s been the shining light this season and he’s had the captaincy through this little period when we’ve struggled,” he said.
“I’d imagine it was weighing on him a little bit because yeah he’s scoring and playing well, but he wants to win and he wants to lead from the front.
“As a captain you want to be a successful captain and he can be.”