Page disappointed not to win as he hails Cobblers’ character

Rob Page was a proud man after his side held the league leaders to a 1-1 draw. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds
Rob Page was a proud man after his side held the league leaders to a 1-1 draw. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds
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Rob Page admitted he and his players felt a tinge of disappointment at not taking all three points after their 1-1 draw away at league leaders Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

Despite going a goal down to Josh Morris’ superb free-kick and then losing Matty Taylor to a straight red card early in the second-half, Northampton took the game to the EFL’s form team and not only were they full value for their point, they could also had taken all three.

“I think the first 10, 15 minutes they, understandably, had the lions share of possession and we had to put out tin hats on for a little while but we then grew into the game,” said Page when assessing the game afterwards.

“It was a shocking time to concede a goal right before half-time but it was typical of Morris to stick one in the top corner.

“It was a little bit of ill-discipline to give away the free-kick in the first place but it was a great finish, he couldn’t have placed it any better with his hand.

“To show character to come from behind with 10 men speaks volumes about the lads and we’ve actually come off disappointed not to win the game.

“They’ve only had one shot on target in the second-half and we’ve had at least half a dozen so it just goes to show.

“We tried to be positive after the sending off and play two up top to get as much support for Revs, and it speaks volumes about how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed not win the game against the leaders.”

On Taylor’s sending off, Page added: “I think he’s angry with the decision and I’ve had a look at it and it’s very harsh.

“Some you see given but the majority of the times they’re not given straight reds so it’s harsh to get sent off for that challenge.

“We’ll have a look at it and if we feel we’ve got a case we’ll appeal.”