Chris Wilder admitted his Cobblers side ‘didn’t do enough in the final third’ to beat Wycombe in Good Friday’s crunch relegation clash.
Town remain in the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at Adams Park in which both goals came during six first-half minutes.
Once again the absence of a cutting edge was to blame for Northampton’s inability to inflict a costly defeat on their relegation rivals in a race for survival that will now almost certainly go to the final game.
“I thought we started the game really well but their goal punctured us,” said Wilder, whose side took the lead through Wycombe goalkeeper Matt Ingram’s own goal on 11 minutes.
“We gave them too many chances to put the ball into the box and their goal came from one of those, although it was a very good header.
“After that we allowed ourselves to get caught up in a bit of a game of basketball and we started to make some bad decisions.
“We got a bit better in the second half but Wycombe were always dangerous on the counter-attack and we were perhaps a bit wary of that.
“There seemed to be long spells when we had the ball at their end but we needed to make better decisions and I don’t think we were good enough in the final third to win.”
Town were backed by more than 2,000 of their supporters at Adams Park, with Wilder’s pre-match wish for a claret wall of noise granted.
“It was a magnificent effort by our supporters once again and they really drove us on,” he said.
“The game had been built up all week and it was hard to play it down because it was always going to be a massive game.”
Zander Diamond left the field on a stretcher with a calf strain but the injury is not serious and he is in the frame to play against Portsmouth at Sixfields on Monday.