Darren Carter had 'point to prove' after Northampton absence

Darren Carter

Northampton Town midfielder Darren Carter says he ready to prove himself again after being dropped by the Cobblers earlier in the season.

The 30-year-old has been recalled to the first team by caretaker manager Andy King and scored his first goal in 18 appearances against Newport.

Carter told BBC Radio Northampton: "I was disappointed because I've come to the club to have a great season.

"I had a point to prove and I'm playing to try to stay in the team."

Carter joined the Cobblers in the summer, having been released by Cheltenham.

Then-manager Aidy Boothroyd expected 10 goals from the former Birmingham and West Brom player, but he fell out of favour after the 1-0 defeat to Plymouth in November.

He has played against Burton Albion, Portsmouth and Newport under King.

"Andy King has been great, and him and [coach] Tim Flowers have done a great job of settling the ship and getting us ready for the last three games," Carter said.

"You can see that we've been organised and ready. He's a great character and the lads love him.

"We've performed well in the three games but we've got to build on that now.

"It's the second half of the season and this is a great start for us now to put a run together. We've got to build on it and get the confidence levels up."