Manager Justin Edinburgh accepts the Cobblers are back in the relegation mire following Tuesday night’s 2-1 Sixfields defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Oldham Athletic.
The result saw Town drop to 17th in the Sky Bet League One table, and the gap between them and the relegation zone is now just four points.
The key for me is that we make sure we maintain our destiny is in our own hands, and it is at this present timeCobblers boss Justin Edinburgh
It was a bad night, but the Cobblers boss insists there is ‘no panic’ in the Town camp, saying the key thing is their destiny is still in their own hands, and has urged his players to show more ‘nous’ to secure the club’s safety.
Edinburgh has been in charge for eight games since taking over from Rob Page, and although he admits he was disappointed with the midweek performance, he still feels Town were worthy of at least a point, but the team’s mindset from their struggles at times this season led to conceding the late, late goal that secured Oldham’s victory.
The loss to the Latics came on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood last Saturday, and asked if the Cobblers have been dragged back into the relegation dogfight, Edinburgh said: “Undoubtedly.
“The teams below, in a short space of time, have had good results.
“You look at Swindon, and since we beat them they have gone unbeaten and taken seven points out of nine, which is the same sort of little run that we had recently.
“I look at the Fleetwood game on Saturday, and did anybody really expect us to go there and get anything? We did, because we were on a good run and we believe we are capable of beating anybody in this league if we play well, but we didn’t.
“So I think the biggest disppointment was Tuesday night.
“Our home form has been excellent since I have been here, and we have deserved every victory that we have got, and there is no doubt we have been drawn into it.
“That said, nothing changes in my mindset, and my target, and we are still going to have to win the same amount of games. We just have less games to do it in.”
The Cobblers now entertain a Charlton side just two places and two points above them in the table this Saturday, and Edinburgh is focusing everything on that game.
“I don’t think you can look beyond, and the most important game is always the next one,” he said.
“We are at home, against a team (Charlton) that is in and around us, and if we beat them we go above them.
“I am not someone that looks at everybody else’s fixtures and says ‘oh, they’re not going to win there’, and I think we can only deal and worry about our own selves.
“The key for me is that we make sure we maintain our destiny is in our own hands, and it is at this present time.
“So there is no panic. There is frustration, there is anger, but out of every game we have played, I believe we should have been securing points but we haven’t.
“That is a mindset that doesn’t change in eight games, that takes a little bit longer and I am not going to come away from that.
“It is going to take a little longer to change that, but it is not for the lack of effort and determination, we just need to be a little more cute, and have a little more nous to make sure we secure those points.”