Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd felt his team put in what was almost the perfect performance in their draw at Chesterfield on Tuesday night.
Town drew 0-0 at the Proact Stadium and arguably had the better chances of the game, with Kane Ferdinand heading narrowly over and Chris Hackett being denied a goalscoring opportunity by an excellent defensive header by covering defender Ritchie Humphreys.
It is a very good point for the team, and although it is not enough to take them off the foot of the table, one that was warmly welcomed by Boothroyd.
The Northampton manager spoke in glowing terms about his players, who slowed the game down to a snail’s pace at times in the second half, to the fury of the home supporters.
“There was a lot of moaning and groaning from the Chesterfield fans but I thought we put in what was almost the perfect performance,” he said.
“We slowed the game down and played it our tempo without really having the ball. That’s what you’ve got to do.
“It’s a very British thing to want to go toe-to-toe with people and I don’t apologise for us not going toe-to-toe with Chesterfield.
“They are where they are in the table for a reason and we’ve come here and taken a point off of them.
“It’s a very positive result but the most important thing for us now is to build on this and make sure we’re right for Saturday.”
The draw represented the second clean sheet in the past three games, with the no-show at Hartlepool United sandwiched in between.
Boothroyd was pleased with the defensive resilience his side showed and also applauded the high number of chances they created, winning nine corners compared to the home side’s two.
“It was a very disciplined, strong performance and a very good defensive performance,” he said.
“I thought we were going to nick it at the end when (Ritchie) Humphreys cleared Chris Hackett’s header off the line.
“But Chesterfield are a very good side and we caused them a few problems.”