Aidy Boothroyd admitted his Cobblers team were ‘nowhere near good enough’ in their home draw with Cheltenham Town at Sixfields.
And the Northampton boss, who oversaw a 1-1 draw that was rescued with a third goal in three games for on-loan striker Luke Norris, felt Tuesday night’s last-gasp loss at Rochdale was a factor in that.
The draw means Town are still in the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone, although they have closed the gap to 22nd-placed Bury to a single point and would overtake Plymouth Argyle should they win the fixture between the two sides at Home Park next weekend.
“We didn’t play very well, we showed flashes of things but nowhere near enough and the first half was poor,” said Boothroyd.
“We relied on a fumble from then, an error that we forced them into, for our goal but you couldn’t ever really say we deserved to be in front in the game.
“I thought we were off the pace and sometimes you get that after a game away from home against a team that are top of the league.
“A lot of energy and emotion was expended in the Rochdale game and I thought that showed in one or two of our players.
“I didn’t want to change it, I relied on the lads to get through and that’s what we had to do. I don’t think we deserved to win it but I don’t think we deserved to lose it either.”