Aidy Boothroyd admitted his Cobblers side were ‘devastated’ to lose to Exeter City on Saturday but said the players had done everything he asked of them in the game.
Town were beaten 2-1 at Sixfields by the Grecians, with John O’Flynn scoring the game’s winning goal at the end of a counter-attack in injury time.
Things had looked so different when Jacob Blyth put the home side ahead with the third goal of his loan spell from Leicester after just six minutes.
But Scot Bennett equalised on the half-hour mark and although Northampton had countless chances to win the game, they went into its final stages with the scores level and the feeling that two points had been dropped.
Worse was to come when O’Flynn headed home to deprive Boothroyd of even a point but the manager was keen to focus on the way his side had played in what was probably their best performance of the season so far - at least in an attacking sense.
“My players are devastated in the dressing room,” he said. “We had five or six more opportunities than Exeter but you have to put those chances away and we didn’t.
“Matt Duke has touched the ball twice today, to pick the ball out of the net on both occasions. We’ve been done in the end by a goal which we shouldn’t have conceded.
“It was a game we expected to win, certainly one not to lose, but that’s football. I’m trying to focus on the performance.
“I’m pleased with a lot of things. The players did what I wanted them to do tactically, I asked for crosses and shots and I got all those.
“But football is like that sometimes. You can be rubbish and win and be brilliant and lose. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing at the moment we’re just not getting our rewards.”