Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws felt his team should have been out of sight of the Cobblers at half-time of the teams’ draw at Sixfields.
The first 45 minutes ended goalless but the Iron went ahead through Niall Canavan’s header midway through the second half, only for Clive Platt to level, the contest eventually finishing 1-1.
Canavan should have scored when he arrived unmarked at a free-kick in the first half and Scunthorpe had other good chances, notably through striker Sam Winnall, who was a lively presence throughout.
And Laws was in no doubt that their team should have come away from Northampton having claimed a victory.
“We should have had all three points and had the game wrapped up in the first half,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for any more except to have hit the target more.
“We had golden opportunities - not half chances - but we didn’t work their keeper enough.
“That’s my only criticism, apart from that I thought the performance was excellent.
“It’s just a shame that Niall (Canavan) made an error of judgement for their equaliser because I though he was excellent. He didn’t deserve that because he marshalled the defence all game. It was a moment of indecision that has cost us.
“But there are lots of positives to take out of the game, we marshalled the game for long periods and created plenty of opportunities to finish it off, particularly in the first half.
“But I’ve got a lot of faith in my strikers, they’ve scored all scored goals in their careers and we will start scoring a few goals soon so somebody will get a hiding.”