Chris Wilder takes his Cobblers team to Accrington this weekend, where they will bid to avoid having their momentum halted by Stanley for the second time this season.
Town played John Coleman’s side at Sixfields in September and went into that fixture on the back of a 5-1 victory over Hartlepool four days previously which remains their biggest win of the campaign to date.
But Stanley won 5-4 in a game Wilder describes as ‘ridiculous’ and which serves as a reminder to both the manager and his squad of the susceptibility of the team, even when they are in good form.
Northampton have won their past three games and are yet to lose in 2015 but the manager is well aware the attitude has to be ‘bang on’ at the Crown Ground if that run is to be extended.
“We played Hartlepool on the Tuesday night before that game and we were excellent, then we played Accrington and found ourselves on the receiving end of a bad home defeat in what was John’s first game,” he said.
“It was a ridiculous game, the way we defended, and they were excellent in attack. It was a wide-open game and it could have been any score.
“So we know we have to work extremely hard and the mind set has to be bang on.”
Accrington have hit a rough patch of form and have only won one of their past seven games, the most recent of which was a 1-0 loss to Bury on Tuesday night in which Coleman came in for some criticism from the club’s supporters.
A game at the Crown Ground remains, however, a difficult prospect, although Wilder refrained from patronising a club whose facilities are often derided by others but who are very much an established Football League club in their own right.
“I won’t even go into Accrington’s ground and their changing room or whatever, they’ve got good players and are in a good position in the league,” he said.
“They’ve been above us for most of the season and we have to be right if we’re going to get a result up there.
“We are in good nick and all of the players should be looking forward to the games at the moment.”