Aidy Boothroyd says the Cobblers’ FA Cup first-round win at Bishop’s Stortford represents a ‘major psychological boost’ to the squad.
Town avoided an upset at the ProKit Stadium with a 2-1 victory secured through a Danny Emerton wonder goal and Luke Norris’ fourth of a highly productive loan spell from Brentford.
It is the team’s first win since their 2-0 success at Wimbledon in September and put them into the second round, in which they will play the winner of the replay between Grimsby and Scunthorpe.
And Boothroyd was a happy man to win a tie that he admitted had given him serious concerns but which he hopes can now give his team such much-needed momentum.
“I was just happy to get away from the league to be honest,” he said. “That was a massive psychological boost for us today.
“People say it’s only Bishop’s Stortford but they threw the kitchen sink at us and we had to stand up to it.
“We’re just delighted we’ve avoided an upset - the cameras are here because people were expecting that and I know that, I’m not stupid.
“It was a really tough game and I knew it would be when I saw the draw because they are a very lively team.
“I played it down but this was a game I was very concerned about.”
The draw, made immediately after the game, paired Northampton with Grimsby or Scunthorpe, who drew their first-round tie 0-0 at Blundell Park on Saturday.
Boothroyd is hoping the Cup will have a positive impact on his team’s league results, which have seen the side slump to the bottom of the Football League.
“Every chairman I’ve ever worked with has wanted to have a Cup run and do well in the league,” he said.
“I’m certainly due a good run in the FA Cup. I can help kick-start your season and we’ve got to use this positive to help us in the league now.”