Morecambe manager Jim Bentley described his side’s start to the game against the Cobblers as ‘shocking’.
And Bentley admitted his team might have been out of the contest by half-time such was the dominance Northampton enjoyed during that period.
The Shrimps went into the game unbeaten in 2015 and on the back of five successive draws but were behind after 28 seconds and although Jamie Devitt scored an equaliser on the stroke of half-time, Marc Richards bagged a winner 10 minutes after the interval.
Richards could also afford the luxury of a missed penalty and Bentley was in no doubt that the opening period of the game was what cost his side.
“The start we made to the game was shocking and we were lucky to only concede one during that period because Northampton could have scored three or four times,” he said.
“They are a good team and we’ve got no divine right to come to a place like this and think we’re going to get something and at that point we didn’t even have a first wind never mind a second wind.
“But we got the equaliser and that got us a foothold in the game; after that we’ve had chances and their goalkeeper has made a couple of incredible saves.
“We’ve hit the post as well but Marc Richards is a quality player for this level and he showed that quality when he got that winning goal.”