Chris Wilder is expecting a tough afternoon against Luton Town at Sixfields on Saturday, and admitted ‘I would want to beat us if I was in their position’.
The Hatters travel to Northampton with the ambition of being party poopers, with the clash against the Cobblers being followed by the presentation of the Sky Bet League Two title trophy to Wilder and his players.
A full house and record crowd is expected at Sixfields, and although Luton seemingly have nothing to play for as they can no longer qualify for the play-offs, Wilder expects the in-form Hatters to still have an edge to their game.
“It is a great game, because Luton have had some outstanding results,” said Wilder.
“They won at Plymouth, they won at Oxford when they did us a favour on the day we won the championship, so I might have to give the manager a beer afterwards on Saturday!
“They are a competitive club who will look to go well next season, and I am sure they will do that.”
Coming up against fired-up teams is something the Cobblers have had to get used to in recent weeks and months.
Wilder says it’s part and parcel of being the top team in the division, and that Luton will be no different on Saturday.
“Over the past few weeks we have played against teams who are pitting themselves against the best team in the division, and where they take their game,” said the Cobblers boss.
“I look at Notts County and what they produced against us, and I look at what they have produced when they have played teams in and around them, and it’s nowhere near.
“I look at Newport and the effort that they produced playing against us, and the effort other teams have produced against us.
“Luton are professional, and if I was in the their changing room, I would want to make sure that they perform on Saturday, in front of a vociferous and passionate travelling support.
“It’s a big old club, and I should imagine their players and their manager will want to carry on the good form they have shown, especially on the road, since he has taken over.
“This is a competitive league full of professional people who want to win at anything they do, and I would want to beat us if I was in their position.”