Cobblers boss Chris Wilder believes his side are in a “very good place” after they produced another impressive pre-season display against Championship opposition on Tuesday evening.
Up against Birmingham City at Sixfields, Town fell behind early on to Demarai Gray’s third-minute strike but Nicky Adams levelled with a superb solo effort on the stroke of half-time.
Adams then put the home side ahead with a well-worked goal on the hour-mark before Lee Novak’s excellent finish secured a draw as the visitors finished strongly.
It was another encouraging display from the Cobblers to back up the one against Derby County, and Wilder was full of praise for his side afterwards although warned that “it doesn’t mean anything come the first game of the season”.
He said: “I’m a bit disappointed that we’ve not won the game.
“I thought after the first 10 minutes when we didn’t start as positively and as committed as we should have done, we acquitted ourselves well and played some good stuff.
“We wanted to win so the players are a bit disappointed.
“People look at pre-season in a lot of ways but when you play football you want to be a victor, but there were a lot of good performances and we scored some good goals.
“We wanted the step up in level which we certainly had with Derby and now Birmingham, so we’ve had tough tests and I think we’re in good nick and in a very good place at the moment.
“We need to do a little bit more work defensively and we’ve not done any crossing or finishing work in or around the box because we’ve concentrated a lot on the fitness aspect and more the general shape and how we want to go and press the ball and yet again we did that really well.
“We committed and pressed as a team and made it difficult for the opposition and when we got the ball we were positive.
“I’ve got to say, if I’m a supporter of this football club, I think we’re in a good place and I would have really enjoyed how the team have set up in these last two games and how they’ve gone about their performances and also the players we’ve signed because we’ve got a really good group.
“Nothing’s won or lost in pre-season but we’re showing good signs and that can only be a good thing.
“It doesn’t mean anything come the first game of the season but if players are playing well and they’re confident and we’ve got a good attitude about us, we feel that we can go well and that’s what I expect us to do.”