Midfielder Stewart Murdoch admits the Cobblers squad ‘deserved’ to be hauled in for extra training on Sunday morning.
Furious Town boss Chris Wilder cancelled a scheduled day off for his players, and called them all in for an 8am session on Sunday morning.
Wilder was fuming after his team’s performance in Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle, and Murdoch admitted he could understand why.
“It was a tough session on Sunday, and it was a deserved tough session,” said the Fleetwood loan man.
“It really wasn’t acceptable on Saturday, and I think the gaffer is fair with us when it comes to wins and losses.
“I think you get what you get with him, he is a really decent guy, and I think the lads knew that something had to be done to say ‘look, this isn’t good enough and I am not going to accept performances like that’.
“As a player, you can’t afford to accept performances like that either, so everybody got in and did what we had to do.
“It was a hard session, everybody got through it, and then we got off. It had to be done.”
The Cobblers are back in Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday when they travel to second-from-bottom Carlisle United.