Rob Page has promised to address his side’s continued ill-discipline after John-Joe O’Toole picked up his 10th yellow card of the season last weekend, keeping him out of Northampton’s next two matches.
Despite only making 25 appearances, O’Toole has already managed to notch 10 bookings for the season, some of those for dissent, which means he must serve a two-game suspension, starting with Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Stourbridge.
“He’ll be a big miss and that’s what is frustrating,” said Page.
“If you look at half of the bookings, they’re for dissent. That’s something we have to address.
“You need your more influential and best players available to be selected and he certainly had an impact (against Bolton).
“That’s what you ask of your subs - to come on and change the game for us and he did that Rico.
“But now through lack of discipline he finds himself ineligible for Sunday.”
O’Toole’s suspension plus injuries to Brendan Moloney and Zander Diamond may present opportunities to some of Page’s fringe players for this weekend’s cup clash.
Those players include the likes of defensive duo Aaron Phillips and Rod McDonald, both of whom impressed when stepping into the breach in Town’s last two outings against Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.
Page added: “Players might not be in the starting XI but they’ll be called upon and Aaron was excellent on Saturday and Rod gave a good account of himself at Bradford.
“They are good characters and good pros who do the right things through the week and look after themselves so when they’re called upon they can go in and give the level of performance that they have done.”