Aidy Boothroyd feels like his side are going in the right direction after Adebayo Akinfenwa's hat-trick saw off Accrington 4-2 and made it four points from two away games.

The Cobblers moved up to 12th in League Two with the victory, hot on the heels of the play-off places and that is where Boothroyd wants to be.

"This win has moved us closer to the chasing pack but we have got to try and stay there and build on it," he said. "We have had two away games and taken four points and now have two home games and we have got to try and add to the tally.

"We have got a depleted squad but we have been able to grind out results and the players have adapted to new systems and we have players coming off the bench who are making an impact. There are so many good things and a few things that aren't right, but it is part of our development of the club."

Northampton were trailing 2-1 until the introduction of Jake Robinson and Ishmel Demontagnac after 63 minutes helped to swing the game in the visitors' favour.

"The subs made the difference, they were excellent when they came on and they changed things," added Boothroyd. "It's easy to sulk when you aren't playing but these have worked hard and stayed fit and took their opportunity."

Akinfenwa's header was cancelled out by goals from George Miller and Rommy Boco before the substitutions turned the game around, Robinson levelling before Akinfenwa completed his hat-trick to wrap up victory for the Cobblers.

Stanley boss Leam Richardson admitted he could not quite believe his side had lost and pointed to a "crazy" five-minute spell which changed the game as Northampton went from 2-1 down to 3-2 ahead.

"It's difficult to take as I looked around the dressing room and couldn't pick out a bad performance, in fact I could pick out some good performances yet we have lost and conceded four goals," he said. "It was a crazy five minutes which dictated the game after we had found ourselves in front and comfortable.

"We had worked all week on combating Akinfenwa as he has been around this league a long time and we know what he does. For a decent period he was ineffective and then it was a mad five minutes and we went from comfortable to being behind, and then we lost our shape as we chased the game and it could have been worse in the last 10 minutes."