Danny Rose will be hoping the only way is up after his league debut for the Cobblers ended in defeat at home to bitter rivals Peterborough United at the weekend.
The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes on Saturday but it was a disappointing start to life at Northampton as Nathan Thompson and Reece Brown struck in either half to earn Posh a deserved victory.
Rose forced a decent stop from Christy Pym and the United goalkeeper also thwarted Sam Hoskins, but those two efforts were Town’s only shots on target throughout the 90 minutes.
“It’s good to be here and it was good to get out there,” said Rose afterwards. “I feel I’ve settled in well with the lads and the gaffer and they’ve all welcomed me in.
“It’s obviously disappointing to lose but it’s still early days and there are plenty of points to play for. I thought in parts we were good but we need to be better out of possession.
“They carved us open a few times and we also need to create a few more chances so we can get into the game a little bit more.”
The Cobblers have now lost three successive games 2-0 but Rose has faith that things will improve as their 11 new signings get used to each other.
“It’s a strong league this season and there are plenty of good sides but we’ve got belief in ourselves and we believe we’ve got a good squad and we can upset a few teams,” he added.
“I think it might take a bit of time. You’ve seen that with other clubs who have signed new players. Me and Harry (Smith) are developing that understanding up front.
“It’s still early stages but once we get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we gel a bit more, I’m sure we will be a threat this season.”
Rose is keen to get his first goal for the Cobblers, adding: “It’s important to get that first goal but as long as we’re scoring and we’re picking up points on Saturdays, that’s the most important thing. It would be nice to get off the mark and I’m hoping that will be very soon.”
The former Mansfield striker also echoed Nicky Adams’ comments regarding the return of fans.
He continued: “It was disappointing to have no fans. It would have been booming but hopefully with the pressure from the clubs, we can get the fans back in and they can enjoy themselves.”