Chris Wilder says he saw ‘a lot of good things’ from his Cobblers team in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at Sixfields.
And the Town manager was especially pleased with the way his players dealt with a Blades backlash after the Yorkshire club were beaten 4-0 in their first pre-season friendly, at Burton Albion on Saturday.
Northampton’s goal came through a Marc Richards penalty, his second goal in as many summer outings, and there were full 90-minute workouts for Matt Duke, Lee Collins, Zander Diamond, Darren Carter, Danny Alfei and Kaid Mohamed.
There was also a 15-minute cameo for Alex Nicholls, while Gregor Robertson, John-Joe O’Toole and Ricky Ravenhill all completed more than an hour of action.
And Wilder, whose team has not lost in their three friendly matches so far this summer, declared himself happy with the night’s work.
“I’m pleased with how my team played against a very good side,” he said. “Both teams wanted to play the right way, I was disappointed with the goal we conceded but we showed a good reaction in the second half and I’ve seen a lot of good things tonight.
“We got people out there who had a decent chunk of football and we got almost everybody out there on the pitch.
“It was always going to be a tough test because Nigel (Clough) has really turned them around and he will have demanded a big improvement after their result on Saturday.
“He will have wanted a reaction and that made it even tougher for us but I enjoyed the night and hopefully everybody who has seen the team will have enjoyed seeing them too.
“Everybody contributed and it’s important to give a good first impression in your first home game when you’ve got some new faces in there - I think we’ve done that.”
Kelvin Langmead, who was an unused substitute in the Sheffield United game, is likely to feature in the match at Cogenhoe United on Wednesday night, along with fellow bench men Dean Snedker and Connor Roberts.
There could also be some game time at Compton Park for players such as Emile Sinclair and David Moyo.