Cobblers boss Chris Wilder knows his side ‘missed a massive opportunity’ by failing to beat Wimbledon at Sixfields on Tuesday night.
And the manager has urged the supporters not to give up on the team’s chances of completing a great escape and remaining in the Football League this season.
Town were 2-1 up against the Dons heading into the fifth of six added minutes after a Darren Carter brace had put them in front.
But Sammy Moore swooped to score a last-gasp equaliser that denies the team the chance of moving level on points with fellow strugglers Portsmouth and Wycombe.
“We have to be careful that people don’t give up on us and I know myself and none of the players will give up,” he said.
“Some people will want to after a result like that and don’t get me wrong, I know it’s a massive missed opportunity.
“We need to show character now and I’m certain that I’ve got that in the dressing room.
“We’re two points off a couple of sides now and there are seven games left so there are 21 points still to play for.”
Wilder admitted his team need to be better in possession after they failed to beat a side reduced to 10 men for the second time in three home games.
“It felt like a defeat,” he said. “We didn’t sit back, I heard some people saying that but we didn’t, we didn’t take any risks.
“What we have to be is better in possession. You have to move teams about, pass the ball and be patient.
“I won’t ever play a long-ball game unless I’m desperately chasing a game, that’s not how I’ve been brought up to play the game.
“Wimbledon defended superbly with 10 men and they sat deep and got their blocks in, so it was hard for us.”