Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Adams felt his team did not show enough attacking intent in their defeat to the Cobblers on Saturday but that the decisive free-kick was the only difference between the two sides.
Rovers were on the wrong end of a 1-0 loss which keeps them in the relegation zone in Sky Bet League Two with just 10 games left to play.
Their best chances came when Jennison Myrie-Williams went to ground in the box in the first half and a late Kayode Odejayi header was tipped onto the bar by Matt Duke.
But Adams felt the margin between the two sides was actually quite close.
“We didn’t defend it and that was the only difference between the two teams, one free kick,” he said. “I thought overall we defended better and had a better shape in terms of the back four.
“Again, we haven’t tested the opposing goalkeeper enough and it’s hard to work out why that is when you’ve got so many attacking players on the pitch.
“The players have got to have faith in their own abilities to hurt teams and we didn’t put enough quality into the box.
“We’ve got 10 games left to save ourselves now, to save some careers and some livelihoods. It’s going to be a huge 10 games.
“I just want to win a game. We’re no worse off before the game, which is a good thing, and we have to pick ourselves up from this.”
Again, we haven’t tested the opposing goalkeeper enough and it’s hard to work out why that is when you’ve got so many attacking players on the pitchTranmere Rovers manager Micky Adams