Character of Cobblers pleases Brady after 'scrappy' Rovers draw
Late spot-kick keeps Town's head above water - for now
Cobblers boss Jon Brady praised the character of his team after they pulled off a rare feat in coming from 1-0 down to claim a potentially precious point against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Not since the opening day of the season and a 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon had Town conceded the opening goal and not lost the game, although Saturday's result did little to ease their relegation fears.
Sam Hoskins slotted home a late penalty to cancel out Luke Leahy's early goal and ensure Cobblers remain outside the bottom four, but Swindon, Rochdale, Wigan and Wimbledon all have games in hand.
"Before the game, I felt we had the quality to beat them," said Brady. "But it was a scrappy affair and it was another fight with a team in and around us.
"It's only the second time this season that the team has come back from 1-0 down and come away with a result so we've got to praise that character and that desire to get ourselves back into the game.
"I thought our subs made a real impact, which was really good. We gave away a soft goal from a corner but I felt, after that, we played some good stuff and Fraser (Horsfall) had a really good strike and the goalkeeper makes a great save.
"I feel when we went 4-2-3-1 it opened up a bit more but, again, it's just our quality in the final third because it needs to be better."