Boss Justin Edinburgh is banking on the Cobblers’ inside knowledge being enough to nullify Charlton Athletic danger man Ricky Holmes at Sixfields on Saturday (ko 3pm).
The former Cobblers winger is in great form for the Addicks, having scored five goals in his past seven games, including a stunning hat-trick in their 4-3 midweek defeat at Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.
Every Town fan knows exactly what Holmes is capable of having watched him produce a series of matchwinning performances in the claret and white last season, and there is still a clutch of players who were his team-mates as the team stormed to the Sky Bet League Two title.
The likes of Marc Richards, Adam Smith, John-Joe O’Toole, Zander Diamond and, in particular, left-back Dave Buchanan know more than most what Holmes is all about, and Edinburgh will be tapping into that knowledge ahead of Charlton’s visit.
Although the Town boss also made it clear the Addicks are far from a one man team.
“We look at individuals and collectives, we look at Charlton’s strengths and weaknesses, and how we can impose ourselves on them,” said Edinburgh.
“We want to attack their weaknesses, and weaken their strengths, and Ricky is obviously one of them.
“I went to watch them last Tuesday against Oxford, and there is more than one player in Charlton’s team we need to be aware of, but we have good insight on Ricky.
“A lot of the boys here know him well, and know what he is about, so we have a good insight into what his strengths and weaknesses are.”
The Cobblers go into the game still reeling from their 2-1 Sixfields defeat at the hands of Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.
It was Town’s first defeat at home under Edinburgh, the team having won the previous three Sixfields clashes, and the manager has reiterated how important it is for the team to get their home form quickly back on track.
“I always say that if you are going to have real success, or you are going to be where you want to be, then you have to do well at home, and up until Tuesday night we had been doing so,” said Edinburgh.
“Even on Tuesday we should have got something out of the game. We weren’t at our best, but nobody can say that we deserved to get beaten, I don’t believe that.
“I don’t think for one minute we deserved to win, but nobody can say we weren’t worthy of a point if we had got that at the end of the game.
“Our home form has to be taken care of, starting again on Saturday.”