Accrington manager John Coleman described his side’s defending against the Cobblers as ‘beyond a joke’ and felt his players lost heart in the game.
Town turned Stanley over 5-1 at the Crown Ground to record their biggest away win for more than 11 years and consign the home side to their largest defeat of the campaign.
Coleman accepted full responsibility for the defeat but felt he selected the wrong side against in-form Northampton, who romped to victory despite down to 10 men due to Ryan Cresswell’s sending-off.
“The way we conceded the fourth goal was beyond a joke,” said Coleman. “Professional footballers shouldn’t concede a goal like that. It took my breath away.
“We seemed to really lose heart after that and we let them control the game. We didn’t make the scoreline acceptable and it is a chastening experience.
“I’ve got to take full responsibility. Don’t blame the players, blame me. I’ve been in this game long enough and I realise the buck stops with me.
“I’ve made mistakes and I’m being punished for it but I’m not downhearted, I’m determined.”
Although the way his team defended was a major concern to Coleman, he was also worried with the way his team were deflated during the course of the contest.
“I’ve been a manager for 17 years and I’ve never lost a game 5-1,” he said. “It’s been few and far between that I’ve seen one of my teams lose heart like we did.
“Ultimately the motivation lies with me and I’m the one who has to do something about it.
“I picked the wrong team, so I need to look and that and I need to look at the personnel we have at the club.”