A DRAW was probably the right result against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.
We weren't really at the races in the first half when we conceded a soft goal, but were much better after the interval and, come the final whistle, good value for at least a point.
Artur will have been disappointed with their goal, but he's been in great form this season and he is such a confident lad that he didn't let it affect him and went on to make a couple of great saves later in the game.
I'm surprised we haven't seen a bit more of Jimmy Keohane so far this season, but he seized his opportunity with both hands when he came on for the second 45 minutes and must have put himself in contention for the weekend.
I also have to mention the supporters, who were brilliant from start to finish. I'm not sure quite how many were there but they certainly made one hell of a racket. They were much louder than the home fans, which was a big help and we can't thank them enough.
It's fair to say the hotel we stayed in ahead of the game wasn't the best and in the unlikely event I'm ever looking to whisk Amy away for a romantic break in East London, I won't be returning.
The beds were uncomfortable, the TVs in the rooms were no bigger than an iPad and, to top it all, the fire alarm went off at 4.30am on Saturday morning and we were forced to evacuate on to the street – not the ideal preparation for the game later in the day!
Fortunately, we did manage to find a slightly bigger TV in the hotel lobby on which to watch the England versus Moldova game. I said beforehand that I fancied us to win 4-0 so I was gutted I didn't put a bet on it.
It's a real inspiration to see someone such as Ricky Lambert, who as recently as 2009 was playing in the same Bristol Rovers side as Danny Coles, coming up with the goods for the national team and it makes you realise you should never give up on your dreams.
Talking of Colesy, a photo of him wearing the most ridiculous football shirt I've ever seen has been doing the rounds recently. When someone first showed it to me I thought it must have been Photoshopped – it looks like one of those WeightWatchers pics where someone poses in something they used to wear before they lost half their bodyweight.
Predictably, Danny has been trying to play it down – claiming the shirt is not as baggy as it looks in the picture and his fashion sense isn't as bad as we all think – but they say the camera never lies and he's been taking plenty of stick for it at the Cat & Fiddle.
The other big topic of conversation at the training ground over the past few days has been the under-18s game with Manchester City.
As you might imagine, the youngsters were pretty stoked at the prospect of testing themselves against their contemporaries from one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Indeed, as I wrote this column on Tuesday, I was looking forward to popping along to the Park a bit later in the day to see how they got on. Clearly, it was going to be a tough test for them but we've got some really talented individuals such as Matty Jay and Ollie Watkins coming up through the ranks and I was looking forward to a good performance from the City youngsters.
Another young 'un, Jamie Reid, was a bit too old to turn out against the Sky Blues, but did get to make his debut for Northern Ireland's under-21 side in the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifying game against Belgium on Monday.
I'm not sure quite how much Northern Irish blood Jamie has in him but, that aside, it must be a thrill to play international football for anyone and I'm chuffed to bits for him.
Northampton haven't been in the best of form so far this season and there must be a chance we can take all three points when we travel there on Saturday – especially if the support is anywhere near as good as it was last week.
While we've only lost once in the three away games we've played so far this season, we've yet to win and that's something we're keen to put right as soon as possible.
The playing surface at Dagenham was very long and dry so we're hoping the pitch at Sixfields will be better suited to the passing game we like to play.
Regardless of the result, it will be good to catch up with former Grecian Kevin Amankwaah.
Kev's a great guy who did well for us last year and it was disappointing that we weren't able to hang on to him. However, that will count for nothing come 3pm on Saturday and, assuming he's in the Northampton starting line-up, we'll be out to ensure he has an afternoon to forget.