John Coleman insists he wouldn’t take a play-off place if he was offered one now ahead of tonight’s game in hand against Wycombe.
The Reds have been consistently in League Two’s top seven throughout 2016 and could extend their cushion over the eighth placed Chairboys with victory this evening.
But the Stanley manager still has his eyes higher up the table.
“I wouldn’t settle for what we have now. No chance,” he said. “We firmly believe that we’re one of the best three teams in the league and we’ve said that from day one so why change now?
“It’s going to be difficult in itself to make the play-offs because there are still so many points to play for and so many teams still involved. I still think six or seven teams will still see themselves in contention for the automatic places. Anyone who can get on a run like Northampton have a great chance of getting automatic promotion. Nobody has matched Northampton this season but there’s nothing to say nobody can. There’s no reason why we can’t.
“We’re the only game tonight. Once that has gone the pressure accumulates on Saturday when everybody plays again. There will be twists and turns still to come. There will be freak results that nobody will predict and we just have to try to make sure we’re not on the end of any of them.
“I think we have eleven games left. It feels as though we’ve only just started but there’s only a quarter of the season left. Our players have relished this season and been very consistent and I hope we can permanently put that Portsmouth defeat to bed with another win.
“I think the pressure is very much on us. We have to win. It’ll be a very tough game because they are a good side who know this league inside out and have experienced players. We have to continue to make sure we give other teams tough games and I think the only time we haven’t done that is when we lost to Portsmouth.”