Cobblers manager Chris Wilder had no complaints about his side’s heavy defeat to Rochdale and said every department of the team had a bad night - including himself.
Town were routed 3-0 at Sixfields by a rampant Dale side who went top of the league with the convincing victory.
Northampton remain firmly in relegation trouble and are three points adrift with a goal difference that Wilder admitted ‘took a hammering’ at the hands of the visitors.
“I’ve got no complaints about the result,” he said. “I will always praise the opposition and all credit to Rochdale, who were excellent.
“It was really poor to concede such an early goal, that gave them a foothold in the game.
“We began to get on the front foot but we had to be careful not to get caught on the break.
“We weren’t good enough tonight, we’re big enough to admit that. It’s three points lost and thankfully no more because of a poor performance, although our goal difference has taken a hammering.
“Our service to the front two wasn’t good enough but Rochdale set up well and didn’t let us get going in the final third.
“We’ve made some big strides since we’ve been here but we’ve taken a backward step tonight and we can’t let that happen over the next few games.
“We’re not happy as a staff with that performance and the players should feel the same.
“Hopefully, it’s a one-off so it’s no use me slaughtering the players, now it’s up to them to go again at Morecambe on Saturday.
“Every department of the team had a bad night, myself included.”