Aidy Boothroyd pulled no punches in his assessment of the Cobblers’ defeat at Rotherham and said his side fully deserved to lose the game.
Town made it back-to-back league defeats for the week with a 3-1 loss at the New York Stadium with Clarke Carlisle’s injury-time header proving a mere consolation.
It was a bad defeat for Boothroyd’s men and especially costly as it came against a club who they see as rivals for a place in the npower League Two play-offs.
But the manager had no complaints about the outcome, although he was less than happy with the way his side applied themselves in the contest.
“We have no complaints about the defeat, we definitely deserved to lose this game,” said Boothroyd.
“The only complaint I have is with my players because that is the first time this season we have been outworked by an opposing team.
“They worked harder than us and that is something that doesn’t happen very often. If a team is on a poor run, though, then we usually end it.
“That seems to be occurring quite a lot, we always seem to be able to help these teams out of their little slumps.”
Rotherham went ahead through Daniel Nardiello’s penalty late in the first half, awarded after Ben Harding was adjudged to have fouled Mark Bradley in the box.
The incident was a controversial one as it appeared Harding got his toe on the ball but Boothroyd said it was a fair call.
“I have no complaints about the penalty either,” he said. “He definitely caught their lad and he made a lot of it but I think he was definitely fouled and it was definitely a penalty.”