Northampton ensured there would be no Carling Cup hangover from their midweek victory over Liverpool as they saw off a limp Bradford side.
The influential Kevin Thornton twice went close with free-kicks before putting through Billy McKay who should have done better.
McKay made amends when he pounced on Michael Jacobs' nod down to score.
The striker then turned provider, heading back for on-loan Newcastle defender Ben Tozer to hook in a second.
Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson tells BBC Radio Northampton: "After Wednesday night and the hysteria, we were fantastic today. That was one of the best performances I've seen for a long time.
"We controlled the majority of the game and we deserved the win.
"I was happy to see Ben Tozer score a goal, he's done ever so well and had a good two games for us. But it was an all-round team performance. There were tired legs but the confidence was high and we have to find consistency now."
Bradford City manager Peter Taylor tells BBC Radio Leeds: "I thought we were going to show more legs than Northampton on the strength of the effort they put in the other night but that wasn't the case.
"I think we made it a very easy afternoon for them.
"Were not playing well enough. When we do get possession we then give it away which then means were defending too much and then I think that knocks confidence and I think the lads look a bit flat."
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