Chris Wilder felt the Cobblers’ performance against Newport County, especially in the first half an hour, was the best his side has played this season.
Town were 2-0 up against the fifth-placed Exiles after only 25 minutes through set-piece goals from Ryan Cresswell and John-Joe O’Toole and went on to win the game 3-0 with Lawson D’Ath scoring his sixth of the season.
As well as the result it was also an impressive performance, with the team producing some attractive football and creating plenty of chances.
Wilder, whose side are now 14th in Sky Bet League Two, was understandably delighted with the way his side played.
“As always, the result is the most important thing but for the first half an hour we were outstanding, that’s probably the best we’ve played this season during that period,” he said.
“We drove the game forward and created plenty of chances.
“As with all Justin’s (Edinburgh) sides Newport showed a reaction after halftime and battled back into the game. But we defended very well during that spell after the break and dealt with their half chances.
“I was slightly disappointed we didn’t play our way out of defence a little better and we needed the third goal earlier in the second half.
“But I can’t really complain too much because Matt Duke hasn’t had much to do and we always looked a threat going the other way.”
It was another game in which it was difficult to select a standout performer in an all-round team display of great quality.
“It was an excellent performance and every player has contributed to the victory,” he said.
“Newport are no mugs, they are consistent, tough and are up in there in the play-offs by right, but we never really let them get into the game.
“We always want to make good starts and we did that today, I don’t think anyone can say we didn’t fully deserve to be 2-0 up.
“We scored two goals from set-pieces which is satisfying because those set-plays come from good approach play.”