Chris Hackett believes the Cobblers’ ability to score goals early in games has a settling effect on the team and is a vital attribute in league two football.
Town notched through the winger himself after only four minutes of Saturday’s game against York City and they never looked back, going on to complete a 3-0 victory.
Hackett was back in the side to replace the suspended John-Joe O’Toole and found the back of the net after capitalising on an error at the back as the Minsterman were caught out while attacking at a corner.
“The early goal set the tone and I think that relaxes everybody and settles everybody down,” he said. “In this league the first goal is crucial and it just calms you down.
“I’m not sure what happened but the ball broke to me and I gambled on it. The defender and the goalkeeper had a bit of a mix-up but it was nice to get the goal.”
Hackett has had to be patient to wait for a chance to get back into the starting line-up but did his chances of retaining the jersey for the trip to Shrewsbury next week no harm with a goalscoring display in a good win.
“I think we always felt comfortable,” he said. “We played well in patches. I don’t think we were brilliant throughout but we were always in control.
“We showed what we are capable of at times and we’ve got goals in us, we know that as a team.
“It’s a good squad here and I’ve had to bide my time to get in because the team has been on a good run.
“It was pleasing to get the goal that set the team going but it’s all about the wins now and chasing the teams that are above us.”