Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan believes the Cobblers are in a false position in Sky Bet League Two.
The Pilgrims travel to Sixfields on Saturday sitting pretty in the promotion play-off positions while the Cobblers are a lowly 15th after an inconsistent campaign to date, but such is the tightness of the division, a win for Northampton on Saturday will see them close to within just four points of their south Devon opponents.
Former Republic Of Ireland international Sheridan feels that Chris Wilder’s men should already be a lot higher up the league two table, and is warning his players they are in for a tough test.
“Northampton have got a good manager in Chris Wilder, I know Chris well, and they are a strong team,” Sheridan told www.pafc.co.uk
“When I look at their squad, I think they are probably in a false position, so I am expecting a tough, tough game.
“But we will go there and, hopefully, we can start winning.
“We watched their last home game against Stevenage; they had a good result there and played well.
“They have had a couple of games behind closed doors, trying to get their injured players back fit, so I expect one or two of them will return.”
Town boss Chris Wilder watched Plymouth in their FA Cup defeat at Sheffield United last weekend, and admitted he was impressed by how they played.
And Sheridan believes the Cobblers manager will have his players fired up and prepared for a difficult encounter, which the Argyle manager insists he will approach in a positive manner.
“I think he (Wilder) knows we have got some good players and are a threat,” said Sheridan.
“We were well in the game at Sheffield United for an hour, and we looked a decent team.
“Chris knows how we will play: we will try and win the game.
“We will not sit back, and we have just got to be a bit more confident. He (Wilder) will be wary of us.
“He knows that we can cause any team problems, and on our day we are as good as any team in the division.”