Chris Wilder said it was a ‘joy to watch’ his Cobblers team play as they destroyed Hartlepool United at Sixfields.
And the Town manager felt his players delivered the perfect response to the weekend loss at Newport County by putting Pools to the sword by an emphatic 5-1 scoreline.
It was Northampton’s biggest win since the 6-2 win over Crewe Alexandra on this ground in April 2011 and was achieved with doubles from Marc Richards and Kaid Mohamed, and Lawson D’Ath’s fourth goal of the season.
Wilder’s side might even have scored more goals in a win that puts them fifth in Sky Bet League Two and left the manager delighted with his players.
“It was a great reaction from Saturday’s performance at Newport, which was very disappointing,” he said. “But you tend to have one of those sort of games each season and hopefully that was ours.
“We had an attacking side out there tonight and we moved the ball around very well. We had plenty of movement, the front four worked very well for us, and it was a joy to watch my team play.
“We were piling forward early on and we caught on the counter attack a couple of times. But we wanted to be on the front foot tonight and take the game to them, we didn’t do that on Saturday.
“We always want to get at teams at Sixfields, to pass the ball and create chances. That leaves us open at times at the back but I wanted us to be positive from the start tonight.
“It’s very important for us to have solid form at home if we’re going to challenge this season. We want to be looking at the top end of the table and not the bottom end, like last season.”