Aidy Boothroyd feels only minor adjustments will need to be made by his Cobblers team to recover from Monday’s loss at Cheltenham with a positive result at Bradford City on Saturday.
Town head to Valley Parade still third in npower League Two but with the race for automatic promotion intensifying every week.
Northampton are level on points with Cheltenham but ahead of them on goal difference, while Burton Albion, whose draw at Accrington on Easter Monday deprived them of a top-three place, are a point behind.
Rotherham could overtake the Brewers if they win their game in hand and there is likely to be many more twists and turns between now and the season’s final day on April 27.
Boothroyd’s men will be automatically promoted if they win all five of their remaining fixtures but they will need to improve their poor away performances if they are to achieve such a feat.
The display at Cheltenham was a good one, especially in the second half, and although the team came home empty-handed, Boothroyd believes it was a step in the right direction.
“We’ve had a couple of days off this week because we’ve been pretty intense with the players recently,” he said.
“There have been quite a few games and they’ve worked very hard when they’ve been in for training as well.
“We’ve reflected on the game at Cheltenham and there were lots and lots of positives to take from that game.
“It’s not just about making sure we put the little things right, the minor details.
“At this stage of the season is about mental strength, concentration and organisation and we fell down on our organisation a bit on Monday, in terms of defending throw-ins.”