Kelvin Langmead isn’t sure whether he broke his nose or not at Torquay because the centre-back has never sustained that injury before.
The Cobblers captain took a blow to the face when he headed the ball goalwards amid the injury-time melee that led to Town’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Plainmoor on Saturday.
A split-second later, he crashed in a shot off the post that ended the team’s three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion.
It was Langmead’s fourth of the season but came at a cost, with the player sporting a hefty bruise on the bridge of his nose after the match.
“I think it was on the first header, as I made contact I took a bit of a whack and I felt a click,” he said.
“Whether it’s broken or not I’m not too sure yet but it’s very sore. Believe it or not I’ve never actually broken my nose before so I don’t know what it feels like.
“I couldn’t wait to get back on but the blood was coming through the Vaseline and that delayed it for a couple of minutes.”
Langmead and his team-mates celebrated the goal with such ferocity that it was suspected the injury had occurred as the bodies piled up in front of the travelling supporters.
It was a goal that, while lacking quality, could turn out to be crucial and one Langmead feels led to a result that was entirely fair on the balance of play.
“It fell to me nicely, I didn’t get the greatest connection on it and it wasn’t the best goal I’ve ever scored but it was an important one and one we deserved,” he said.
“We were very disappointed to be a goal down because we thought we’d started the second half really well.
“I had a chance just before that which I felt I should have scored from, we were getting a lot of chances but we still had to dig in and we knew we had to get something from this game.
“We’re perhaps a bit disappointed we didn’t take all three points but when you’re a goal down in injury time a draw is a good result.”