Alex Nicholls encouraged by Northampton Town tactics

Lee Nicholls

Northampton Town's Alex Nicholls says that counter-attacking football could be their route to success this season.

The 24-year-old striker has scored twice for the Cobblers since his summer move from Walsall, including the winner against Rotherham.

He told BBC Northampton: "The manager wants us to be free-flowing and [you] see the speed we counter-attack with.

"If we do that more often, teams in this league aren't going to be able to cope with it."

He continued: "Chris Hackett has got a great engine on him, Clive Platt and Adebayo Akinfenwa are bullying defenders and it all bodes well."

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Nicholls praises 'solid' defence

The Cobblers have beaten Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup first round and drawn at Rochdale in their opening fixtures, and Nicholls said he had been impressed with the side's display in all areas of the pitch.

"It's not just about the top end of the pitch, we've been solid [at the back]," said Nicholls.

"We had a few blips in pre-season, we're tightening up and it's a work in progress.

"If any team wants to be successful, you've got to build from the back. We've got a fantastic keeper in Lee Nicholls and the back four have gelled really well.

"David Artell has only been in a couple of weeks and fitted in with Kelvin Langmead brilliantly.

"We've got a level-headed bunch of players but we know if we perform as we have against Rotherham and Cardiff, there's no reason why we can't have a successful season."

Nicholls was also delighted with his strike against Rotherham - the 30th goal of his career.

"It may be my best," he said. "I've scored a couple of nice goals, but for the timing and against Rotherham - who are favourites in the league - it's definitely up there."