Cobblers manager Chris Wilder praised his players’ mental application as they recorded their first back-to-back victories of the season with a win at Dagenham.
Marc Richards scored twice as Town won 2-0 at Victoria Road, picking up their second successive clean sheet in the process and moving to seventh in the Sky Bet League Two standings.
It was the most complete performance the team has produced this season, with several goalscoring chances being created in the first half and the defence giving Dagenham very little at the other end.
Wilder was pleased with the physical element of his team’s display but also knew it would be important for them to be psychologically right if they were to collect their first away win of the campaign.
“I’m delighted that we’ve gone away from home and produced a performance like that, with that pace and power,” he said.
“They are a really good footballing side, they try to overload the midfield and use their pace in the wide areas and (Jamie) Cureton has been a revelation for them this season.
“In all parts of the game we were excellent and I like to think that the game was done and dusted in the first half.
“I’d like to think we were smart in the second half and made good decisions.
“We created chances and defended well so the first 45 minutes would be up there among my best since I’ve been here.
“But it would have counted for nothing if we hadn’t done our jobs again. We knew they’d have a go and raise the tempo and we dealt with that well.
“You have to be right mentally when you come here, I know that from previous visits, and this is the second time with Northampton that I’ve been here and we have been that.”