Zander Diamond believes the Cobblers need to solve a ‘simple equation’ to correct their poor form and halt their slide down the Sky Bet League Two table.
Centre-back Diamond made his playing comeback in the 2-1 defeat at Carlisle United on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes in the heart of the defence alongside Kelvin Langmead.
It was not a glorious return to action for the Scotsman, though, who witnessed first hand the team’s deficiencies in the crucial areas of the game.
“I am sure supporters are sick of hearing comments from players after games and they are desperate for us to get some results on the board and it is a simple equation,” said Diamond.
“As a group we are not defending well enough and we need to be better at that and also be better at taking the chances we are creating. We need to be stronger and better at both ends.
“We know we can do it, we know we are capable, we are just not doing it consistently enough at this moment in time.
“We need to sort that out as a team and as a group as soon as possible.”
Diamond is likely to keep his place for the Christmas double header of fixtures, which see Northampton take on Bury at Sixfields on Boxing Day before travelling to Tranmere Rovers two days later.
“Saturday was not the result we wanted,” he said. “Coming back into the side after three months out you are looking for a positive result on your return and it wasn’t the result any of us wanted and we move on to Boxing Day now.
“Football is a funny game and there is always another match just around the corner, and we have to move straight on from Carlisle to Bury.”