Aidy Boothroyd has praised Ben Tozer's character after he played for Northampton just days after his grandfather died.
Tozer, 22, played the full 90 minutes of the goalless draw with Chesterfield at Sixfields despite being told by Boothroyd that he could miss the match on compassionate leave.
The fact he did not, Boothroyd feels, is testament to the player and illustrates the type of character he wants to have at the club.
Boothroyd said: "Ben Tozer really deserves a mention because he lost his grandad earlier on in the week and I was going to say to him that he didn't have to be here for the game. But it just shows you the sort of person that we've got here and the character we've got at the club that he wanted to be part of it.
"Ben wanted to play. Death has a different effect on different people and I've had that situation with players before, and to be honest it can go either way. But I thought he performed very professionally. He kept going. A lot of the other lads probably didn't know his situation.
"When you've got characters like that you know that when you're in the trenches with them that they're going to come through for you. I'm thrilled that we've got characters like that at the club."