Newport assistant manager Jimmy Dack said the Cobblers’ flying start to Saturday’s game set the tone for their deserved defeat at Sixfields.
The Exiles were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat a week after having gone down 4-0 at Cambridge United but remain in the Sky Bet League Two play-off places.
Newport boss Justin Edinburgh, who had been linked with the Northampton job a year ago, did not complete his post-match press duties, instead sending out assistant Dack to give a brutally honest assessment of the team’s performance.
“Northampton came out at us very fast and they were on a little bit of a run going into the game,” he said.
“They’ve brought in a couple of fresh faces and that has made a difference for them, so fair play to Chris (Wilder) for doing that.
“Maybe we should have brought in some fresh faces but we’ve been doing well and so it hasn’t been an issue but we will try to now.”
The Cobblers’ fast start led to them scoring twice in the first 25 minutes of the game, with Ryan Cresswell and John-Joe O’Toole both notching with headers from Joel Byrom corners.
The game was always going to be difficult after that, felt Dack.
“That’s two very disappointing performances away from home for us - we pride ourselves on our set-pieces and to concede from two of them in the first 25 minutes was very poor for us,” added Dack.
“We didn’t perform in this game and we didn’t perform at Cambridge last week either.
“We set them out the way we always do and for whatever reason, sometimes people have a little blip. We’ve had two tough away games and we’ve been good away from home this season.
“Next Saturday we’re back at home and we look for a reaction there. We had a sticky spell at the start of the season and came through it and we need to hope we can do that with this spell.
“We’ve lost two on the spin which we’re not happy about but we’re still sixth and five points ahead of seventh so we’re still cemented in the play-offs.”