Aidy Boothroyd felt his Cobblers side had the better of the game at Bury and that the players were disappointed to only draw.
Town and the Shakers shared the spoils 1-1 at Gigg Lane, the visitors coming from behind to cancel out Danny Nardiello’s penalty through a Dean Howell own goal.
In first-half injury time, Chris Hackett missed a penalty and there were strong appeals in time added on at the end of the game when Roy O’Donovan was sent to the ground under contact from former Cobbler Nathan Cameron.
Boothroyd was pleased with the chances his players generated during a game against a Bury side rejuvenated by the arrival of new manager David Flitcroft.
“Bury had a real go at us in the first 15 minutes, they were trying to impress their new manager and I had to change things around,” he said.
“I feel after that we grew into the game and had the better chances. It keeps our little run going, it’s a draw away from home at a difficult place.
“We missed a penalty and we possibly could have had another penalty as well - Bury had chances and you’re going to get that in games.
“We’re coming away with a point and the players are disappointed with that.”
Hackett’s miss was the third spot-kick Town have failed to score from this season, following on from failures by Roy O’Donovan at Southend and Izale McLeod against Accrington.
Boothroyd was able to smile about it after the game and was pleased as it was one of several chances his team created.
“I asked him (Hackett) at half-time if he’s trying to get me the sack and if he wants to be the player-manager,” Boothroyd said with a smile.
“These things tend to happen when you are in the position we are in but I can’t fault the players for going forward and looking to create chances right until the end.
“For me, we should have had a penalty for the foul on Roy (O’Donovan) at the end - if the Bury one was a penalty then that should be but I won’t make excuses.
“Although we haven’t got a win, the league has tightened up a little bit.”