Jon Brady expects a difficult affair for this Saturday’s trip to the Memorial Stadium.
Brady’s boys currently sit in third and are looking to defend their four-game win streak in League Two when they take on Bristol Rovers.
The 46-year-old told the club website: “They’ve got some quality players and they’ve had some really strong results and performances we are in a good moment and it should be a good test for both teams.”
Brady then added: “Our away form is strong and we are relishing the challenge of going there to try and get all three points.
“We’ve got our targets in the league and we know what we want to achieve. That has been the main focus for us as a group in the first third of the season and now we move into the next third.”
Bristol Rovers’ inconsistent start to the season leaves them 16th in the table on 18 points, nine behind Northampton.
Brady should expect a tough challenge, his side are competing in one of the most physical professional leagues in the country.
Bristol Rovers are heading into the game off the back of a major result in the FA Cup, a 2-2 draw with League One Oxford United.
The U’s sit in sixth – just inside the play-offs.
Following their clash with Northampton, Bristol Rovers face Oxford in a replay just three days after; maybe, Barton may decide to rest some players or flip the system for Saturday’s game.