Boss Rob Page says the Cobblers won’t be making any special plans to keep Scunthorpe United goal machine Josh Morris quiet when the teams meet at Glanford Park on Saturday (ko 3pm).
Midfielder Morris has been on fire for the Iron this season, scoring 12 goals in 14 matches, and he is one of the the main reasons they sit three points clear at the top of Sky Bet League One.
Page is all too aware of the kind of impact Morris can have, but he says he is more concerned about the Scunthorpe team as a whole, and that he trusts his players to do their jobs and keep Morris quiet.
Asked if he will be making special plans, Page joked: “We can play two right-backs!”
Morris has won the Sky Bet League One player of the month award for both August and September, pipping the Cobblers’ own Matt Taylor to the latter one, and Page admitted: “He has been excellent.
“He has won player of the month and been recognised for what he has done, but he is one of a few players they have got that can hurt us, and they have individuals that can punish you if you switch off.
“But we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Morris is actually an injury concern for Scunthorpe having picked up a knock in last weekend’s win over Bury, but even if he does play Page is backing his defensive unit to be able to handle the former Bradford City and Fleetwood man.
“Like I have said before, I believe in what I have got in my changing room,” said the Cobblers boss.
“The lads we have got playing at the minute, we are where we are in the table because we have been consistent in more games than not.
“Of late we have let ourselves down a little bit, but it has been our own doing.
“We know that on our day, if we are all at it, we will be a match for anybody in this division.
“We respect that Josh Morris is a very good player and he can hurt you, but we have to go and impose ourselves on them.”