Chris Wilder was pleased to end a hectic first week in charge of the Cobblers with a battling draw at Cheltenham by a side he feels will only get better.
Matty Blair was Town’s goalscoring hero at Whaddon Road as his volley cancelled out a strike by Jamie Cureton that came after just 59 seconds.
It rounded off a helter-skelter week for Wilder, who was installed as the new manager at Sixfields on Monday and signed four players in the final two days of the transfer window.
The latest arrival of those - Emile Sinclair - came just five minutes before the deadline to register new players.
So while concerns remain about the team’s league position (they remain six points adrift at the foot of Sky Bet League Two), Wilder feels the side will improve as their preparation for games becomes more routine.
“We couldn’t have got off to a worse start but the players showed good character to get back into it,” said Wilder, whose team gifted Cureton his goal when Matt Duke allowed a clearance to bounce over him in the high winds..
“They put it right on us but we created chances and we were the better side in the second half.
“The spirit was terrific. We’ve got to make sure we go on runs; if we can win then great but if we look like we’re not going to win then we need to make sure we get something out of it.”
Wilder confirmed after the match that he is happy with the squad as it is and will now prepare them in a more regimented way for the visit of Plymouth next week without the distraction of recruitment.
“It’s been a ridiculously hectic week,” he said. “They’ve had a lot chucked at them by me and Alan (Knill) and we’ve been busy in the transfer market too.
“There were players playing who have done no work together at all so we know we will improve and be better.
“But there’s something to work with and I saw that in the players’ attitude and commitment and you could see that when we scored.”