Micky Mellon admitted the Cobblers fully deserved to end his Shrewsbury side’s proud unbeaten home record.
Sixteeen league two teams had visited the New Meadow prior to Saturday and failed to come away with a victory, although Premier League leaders Chelsea did secure a 2-1 success there in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season.
That was the scoreline by which Northampton won at the weekend, to secure their best result of the campaign so far and move to within six points of the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.
The view of Mellon, whose team remain second in the table, was that it was a fair outcome and one which resulted from his team’s slow start to the contest.
“You have to give Northampton credit, I always try to be honest and I thought they produced a very good performance,” he said.
“It took us too long to get going and we gave ourselves too much to do after conceding those two goals.
“We gave it a go late in the game but we didn’t take the chances that came our way and by then it was too late anyway.
“When you see three people standing on the ball at a free-kick you have to think something is going to happen and the players have to spot that.
“Because we were on our heels, we conceded right after half-time and after we made our changes and it was an uphill battle after that.”